Ford Motor Company just announced their new premium V8 diesel engine for use in top range Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo models. While V8 diesel engines are a common upgrade for medium-duty trucks in the US, they are often considered too crude for more consumer friendly applications. In Europe, V8 diesel engines have been appearing more and more in luxury sedans. Their combination of high torque and excellent fuel economy has made them the engine of choice for larger and heavier vehicles. And with advances in fuel injection technology and increased sound deadening, they are as sophisticated as their gasoline counterparts. I wish one of these modern diesel engines would make their way into a SUV offered in the North American market. The price premium for these engines would probably be less compared to a hybrid powertrain, and the fuel savings would probably surpass those of a hybrid, especially when doing significant high-way driving.

[Source: Ford Motor Company]

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