Rumors have been circulating about the introduction of a turbo-diesel version of the ever-popular Ford F-150. Sources say the new diesel could arrive as early as next year and may utilize the same 3.0L V6 engine found in the recently driven Range Rover Td6. In the Range Rover, the diesel V6 puts out 254 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque and produces a 0-60 mph time of just over seven seconds.
There is also talk of the diesel being paired to the new 10-speed automatic transmission set to debut in the 2017 Ford Raptor. This might help the new F-150 overtake the current full-size mpg champion, the Ram EcoDiesel. Even as gasoline prices remain low at the time of this writing, diesels are gaining in popularity… even in mid-size trucks such as the Duramax twins, the Chevy Colorado and the GMC Canyon.
We, for one, are excited about the possibility of a new turbo-diesel joining the ranks. At the high altitudes of the Rocky Mountains in which TFL tests its trucks, turbos offer relief from the power loss experienced from the thinner air. Combining that with the improved fuel economy and towing characteristics provided by diesels makes for a compelling argument for turbo-diesels. What do you think? Which full-size pickup configuration would you prefer? Let us know by casting your votes below and leave us a note in the comments section.