There's been a lot of talk around the Autoblog offices about Ford's lack of bold moves. Thankfully, it's rumored they'll make a smart move by offering a diesel engine in their F-150 line of pickups. Dave Szczupak, who retired last week from FoMoCo, told Autoweek that a diesel should find its way under the hood by 2008 or 2009, and if the ex-exec's timeframe is to be believed, the F-150 will be the first pickup in its class to offer such an option.
The new oil-burner will likely come from Europe's Range Rover, in the form of a 3.6-liter V8. However, due to the stringent emission standards in the U.S., Szczupak says that Ford's engineers have some work ahead of them. First, the internal design of the engine has to be modified to produce fewer emissions, and then they'll need to address the emissions system itself, possibly utilizing a urea-based setup or some kind of NOx trap.
Unless GM, Toyota or even Nissan bring a diesel to market sooner, Ford will have a leg up on the competition, and will secure a much needed piece of the market.