• Jun 4, 2010
A recent report says the 2011 Range Rover (in Europe at least) will be getting a new 4.4-liter V8 diesel engine with 308 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque to replace the current 3.6-liter V8 diesel. When the the current F-150 was launched back in 2008, Ford announced that it would add a diesel V8 to the powertrain lineup in mid-2010. That diesel V8 was rumored to displace about 4.4-liters and at that time, Ford still owned Land Rover and Jaguar. When the economy hit the skids and diesel prices skyrocketed, the diesel engine plan was shelved from the pickup. We haven't been able to get any comment from Land Rover, but a Ford official has confirmed that the new Land Rover diesel V8 is being supplied from Ford's Chihuahua engine plant which also produces the new 6.7-liter Scorpion diesel for the Super Duty pickups.

However, we were reminded that Ford never officially confirmed details of the planned diesel for the F-150, so this may not be the same engine. Given all the other information we have, it does seem to be a reasonable inference. We checked with truck expert Mike Levine at PickupTrucks.com who believes this is, in fact, the same oilburner.

The fact that it's being built for the luxury SUV means that it could potentially be revived for the pickup, although that now appears unlikely since Ford has decided to add the Ecoboost V6 to the F-150 instead. As the engine was once destined for the U.S. market – with all the emissions requirements in check – it could, at the very least, eventually appear in American Range Rovers. Given the success of diesels in German SUVs, that much certainly seems plausible.

[Source: World Car Fans]


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      Al.O.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Range Rover will always be the ultimate SUV
      • 4 Years Ago
      Like to see this and GM's 4.5L back in play. The Raptor would be a nice place for a midsize diesel, too.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Bingo...beyond me Ford didnt bring this engine to light...it would have been PERFECT in the F-150, f-250, their Vans and best of all the Expedition.......
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why anyone would want the Ecoboost V6 over this engine (4.4L diesel) is beyond me. Ford please reconsider and put the 4.4L diesel in the F150.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man this would make a good engine option for the F150 with the 3.5L Ecoboost V6 and the 6.2L V8.

      I'd personally buy the Diesel.
      • 4 Years Ago
      To meet future mileage and pollution standards, Ford needs this engine, but not in the F-150 right now. The F-150 is getting the 6.2L V8 and the EcoBoost V6 already, so it would be too soon for another; however, the Lincoln Navigator and Ford Expedition could certainly use a new premium engine with the power of the 4.4L diesel. since these vehicles are usually used for towing expensive toys by people who could afford the option.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ dhammond:

        Is the 5.0 for sure going into the F150? I've been searching but I can't seem to find any confirmation other than a few test mules running around with the 5.0. Something tells me Ford would have a hard time selling the EcoBoost to the truck crowd when a cheaper, slightly less powerful NA engine is also in the lineup.
        • 4 Years Ago
        5.0 is also being retuned and installed in the F-150.........
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agree 100%. The Expedition (especially the EL) is just begging for this engine. 6.2L V8, 3.5L Ecoboost, 4.4L V8 Powerstroke.....perfect engine lineup for the full size SUV (which weighs more than an F150 and gets horrible mileage).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let's not forget that a great deal of the success of diesels in Europe can be attributed to the tax advantages diesel fuel has in Europe. It's not just that diesels are preferred for their own sake.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hopefully, Ford will revive this. If it's certified for the US in the Range Rover, it couldn't cost Ford anything to drop it in the F150 and their full-size SUVs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      WHAT ABOUT THE US?! When will these idiots give us the good stuff too?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I had a friend that had a Series 1 Discovery - I think it had Buick motor in it.
      They replaced the block under warranty, and the tranny, and the heads, and and and.....
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Rover V8s were based off the Buick 215 engine from the 60s. I have the 3.9 in my Defender and has 110k on it. still runs strong!

        Diesels are always better for trucks and off road trucks. The new Defenders has the Ford Puma Transit van in them :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      This would be a great size motor for a luxury sedan or wagon as well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great torque.
      • 4 Years Ago
      516 pf of torque? I so love it!!!!!!
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