• Jun 19, 2006
Autoweek reports that Ford is developing a 4.4-liter diesel V8, slated for the F-150 pickup and possibly the Expedition SUV.
Apparently the new diesel is a supersized version of the twin-turbo 272 hp 3.6-liter V8 (right) manufactured for the 2007 Range Rover at Ford's Dagenham Diesel Center in England, and would likely be produced there and shipped to the U.S.

The Dagenham facility is a cooperative venture with PSA Peugeot Citroen, and is Ford's global center for diesel engineering and manufacturing.

[Sources: Autoweek, Ford]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      I might actually overlook the shortcomings of my present F-150 and buy a practical Ford diesel.

      The following is just so I'm in the spirit of things:

      I might actually overlook the shortcomings of my present F-150 and buy a practical Ford diesel.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is actually a good idea on Fords part. If they can make this work, the F150 is going to stay ahead of the Tundra.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If you ask me, this product strategy has been long overdue in the US. I can't think of a better application for diesels than trucks. I think every truck should have a diesel engine. Even the 'midsize' and maybe even some of the 'compact' ones.

      Trucks all get terrible gas mileage. All of them. Even if you buy a V6 instead of a V8, there is rarely more than a couple of MPGs difference in the two. And there really aren't any fast trucks or SUVs out there. The fastest ones are only as quick as some of the average sedans, and they get horrible almost single digit gas mileage to accomplish that. Torque is what trucks need, and that's what makes people feel that their huge trucks and SUVs have good 'pickup' or 'power'. Diesel engines have that in spades, so why not get better gas mileage?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I had the chance to ride in a LR3 diesel taxi cab for about 15 miles through winding roads in the mountains of Switzerland. I was impressed by how quiet it was (inside and out), and you only heard a little bit of clatter under acceleration. Even when pulling and accelerating (hard!) uphill, the revs stay quite low, which helps keep things quiet. From the back seat, you could also feel the torque through the seat of your pants so to speak.

      Doesn't Ford make the diesel engine that powers the new generation of London taxis?
      • 8 Years Ago
      All this activity when Ford still has unresolved problems with the "Cornbinder" diesel that's used in the F-250, F-350, etc.? Maybe it's Ford's turn to damage the US market for diesels. GM can't be expected to go it alone.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Super, now can we get a Ranger with a 4 cylinder 2.2L Turbo Diesel?
      --Noah
      • 8 Years Ago
      All this activity when Ford still has unresolved problems with the "Cornbinder" diesel that's used in the F-250, F-350, etc.? Maybe it's Ford's turn to damage the US market for diesels. GM can't be expected to go it alone.
      • 8 Years Ago
      why is everyone repeating themselves ?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I mean, as long as they don't produce a piece of crap that further sets them behind.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is a great idea. Diesel technology has come a long way. I love my 7.3l (except for the noise), and suprise people that a crew cab long box f-350 can get better mileage than a Ranger V-6. I'd consider a F-150 with a diesel. I switched to the F-250 because of it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Because the article is actually Wrong, the motor is based on the smaller Lion V6 diesel... also Produced at Dagenham.... they added 2 cyliders to it and it will require a compacted graphite iron block, in order to supply the 330 hp desired for it... and also an estimated 515-520 lb ft of torque. .... making it more powerful than the 7.3L of old... except with only 4.4L displacement..... Considering the 6.4L TT is to be 99% cleaner than the current 6.0L.... I would assume this will be a very clean motor.
      • 8 Years Ago
      God help us, Ford can't even get their gas engines right, how are they going to do a diesel? I smell another GM fiasco.
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