Ford F-150 “Lion” V6 Diesel Engine News
For years, consumers have been pushing for a diesel engine underneath the hood of the Ford F-150, and according to some pretty prominent rumors floating around online, Ford is currently working on a diesel engine—codename “Lion”— which has been specifically manufactured for the F-150. Not too much information has been released about the specifics of the engine, however, we have compiled information from a number of sources to help provide you with a bit of speculated Ford F-150 “Lion” V6 diesel engine news. As we said, most of this is just rumored, but based on the sources, there’s a good chance that much of the information is accurate.
According to sources, the “Lion” engine will be a 3.0-liter V6 which will arrive a few years into the future when the Ford F-150 receives its mid-cycle update. As the pickup is receiving a complete redesign for the 2015 model year with the switch to an aluminum body, it’s likely that the diesel engine will arrive around 2018. That gives Ford plenty of time to tweak the diesel engine and get it ready for production.
As the engine is likely still in the planning phase, we’re not quite sure of what the power output ratings will be, but they’re likely to be competitive with the Ram 1500, which already offers a 3.0-liter V6 EcoDiesel under the hood. The EcoDiesel pumps out 420 lb-ft of torque, but with Ford’s history, that torque output is most likely going to seem quite unimpressive when Ford releases the official output numbers for the Lion V6 Diesel. When an engine is codenamed “Lion,” you can expect that it’s going to pack quite the roar.
We also fully expect the Lion V6 diesel engine of the Ford F-150 to be extremely fuel efficient. If you’re not aware, efficiency standards are being increased, and automakers are being forced to find alternative ways to increase efficiency. It’s one of the reasons that Ford is making the switch to a more lightweight aluminum body for the 2015 Ford F-150. When the aluminum body is paired with a diesel engine, the fuel efficiency is likely to be higher than it has ever been before.
Another factor which will help to increase fuel efficiency in the F-150 is the 10-speed transmission that’s also in the works. The gear-filled transmission will allow for more efficient gear changes, and will increase both performance and efficiency by allowing the F-150 to perform in the optimal fuel-efficiency range for longer periods of time. According to some online sources, the transmission will allow the F-150 to pull in a highway fuel economy rating in the ballpark of 30 mpg, making it the most fuel efficient pickup in its class.
Again, keep in mind that much of this news is currently just speculation. However, as we said, from the sources that the information was gathered from, it’s likely that much of it’s true. If you’re interested in finding out more about Ford F-150 “Lion” V6 diesel engine news, be sure to check back here on the Matt Ford blog in the future. We will have more information about the engine, as well as the 10-speed transmission as it’s made available. While you wait, be sure to check out some of the other posts here on our blog. We have a ton of information about new and upcoming models in the Ford lineup, including the highly-anticipated redesigned 2015 Ford Mustang.
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