The Blue Oval automaker, The Sleuth hears, will add a diesel version of the top-ranked aluminum-bodied F-150 for the 2017 model year. The powertrain will consist of a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 connected to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Currently, Ford’s twin-turbo V6 “EcoBoost” gasoline engine is really no more fuel efficient than competing V8 engines from Chrysler and General Motors, but the upcoming diesel will help, while the additional torque will assist the towing and hauling capabilities. Full-size diesel competitors from Ram and Nissan are already in the marketplace as is a mid-sized Chevrolet Colorado.

2016 Ford F-150 Limited

Ford will build a diesel version of the F-150 that will no doubt be more fuel efficient and stronger than the “Ecoboost” 3.5-liter gasoline V6.

Ford arrives late to the diesel party: