Ford F-150 Getting A Diesel Engine Choice

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The Ford F-150 pickup truck, the bestselling U.S. car for the final 41 years, is getting one thing new: a diesel engine.

Ford introduced the diesel engine choice Monday, every week forward of the Detroit auto present.

The brand new engine will give the pickup a gasoline financial system score of 30 miles per gallon, Ford estimates. Ford (F) already elevated the gasoline financial system of the truck by introducing an aluminum physique in 2015.

Regardless of predictions on the time that pickup truck consumers would not be thinking about gasoline financial system, Ford offered 896,764 F-Sequence vans final yr, up 9% from 2016 (these numbers embrace the bigger dimension super-duty vans).

Ford has lengthy provided a diesel model of the bigger super-duty variations of the F-series vans, however the F-150 is a extra mainstream car.

Diesel engines are widespread in giant vans, particularly semi-tractor trailers. Along with the higher gasoline financial system, they permit for better towing functionality. Ford stated the brand new diesel F-150 can be supply a best-in-class 11,400 kilos of towing and a couple of,020 kilos of payload capability.

Clients will be capable of place orders for the diesel model of the pickup later this month, with deliveries starting within the spring.

Diesel automobiles have not offered properly lately since an emissions testing scandal involving Volkswagen (VLKAF) diesel automobiles. VW used software program that restricted diesel emissions throughout checks.

VW CEO Matthias Mueller signaled the German automaker’s shift away from diesel choices when he stated that Germany ought to cut back subsidies for diesel automobiles and ban closely polluting automobiles from its metropolis facilities.

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