Diesel confirmed for light-duty F-150 by 2009
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.
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