Ford’s new F-150 diesel prototype was caught testing on the streets of Oakwood, MI by Autoguide. There’s a bit of wind noise during acceleration but you can hear the sound of a diesel engine under that hood while the truck was idling.
We can’t tell by sound alone which engine the F-150 diesel will be equipped with but, it could sport a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel. This engine was developed when Ford still owned the Land Rover, before both Land Rover and Jagaur was sold to Tata Motors. Currently used in both the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, we could see the diesel F-150 produce around 254 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque.
Paired with the engine could be the new 10-speed automatic transmission that Ford has been working on. The new transmission is set to launch later this year in the 2017 Raptor.
What’s interesting is the combination of letters and numbers stuck onto the side of the F-150 in three locations. It reads ‘FC8SDL49’ and if it’s anything like the generic Ford VIN number, the FC could stand for basic (stripped) chassis.
The F-150 Diesel is expected to debut in 2017 so we still have to wait a while.