Ford doesn't appear interested in an F-150 diesel, but new competition from Ram and Chevy may dictate otherwise.
Ford has just made official it currently has no plans to build a diesel-powered variant of its F-150 pickup. So you want an oil-burner under the hood of your full-size truck? The only answer at the moment is the Ram 1500 diesel. Ford claims it doesn’t "see the dynamics for an F-150 diesel right now," considering the 3.7-liter V6 model achieves a 17/23 mpg city/highway rating. For comparison, when equipped with the 3.6-liter V6 gasoline engine, the Ram 1500 returns 17/25 city/highway.
Ram is yet to release official mileage figures for the diesel-powered variant, but company officials are claiming it’ll be the most fuel efficient truck in its class on the market. Only thing is, it’ll cost about $2,800 more than a Ram powered by the 5.7-liter Hemi V8. And now word is coming in that Chevrolet is also planning a diesel variant of its non-heavy duty pickups in the near future. With its two main rivals about to have diesel-powered full-size pickups on the market, Ford could perhaps be forced to have an F-150 after all. If that’s the case, don’t expect to see it before the next-gen F-150 debuts next year.