Last week, a rumor came out claiming that Ford was already working on a new diesel engine for the all-new F-150. Although it wouldn’t be ready until at least 2018, Ford still officially denied the project.
But we don’t believe them.
Why? Because the Ram 1500 is now offered with a diesel and Ford can’t live with a competing brand offering something its star-studded F-150 doesn’t (BTW, how about an answer to the gun-friendly Rambox, Ford?).
Now there’s word coming in that both Nissan and Toyota are in the midst of prepping a diesel V8 for the next-generation Titan and Tundra, respectively.
But this isn’t going to be just any old diesel. We’re talking about a 5.0-liter turbo diesel V8 that’s expected to churn out 300 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque. For comparison, the Ram’s 3.0 diesel V6 has 240 hp and 420 lb-ft. And there’s more: GM has also hinted it may bring back its 4.5-liter turbo diesel V8 for the Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra.
So yeah, there’s no way Ford will accept being left behind. Let’s just say it right here, right now: a diesel-powered full-size pickup truck fight is quickly gathering steam.