Around the same time last year, dealers were shown a new 4.4L V8 diesel engine that would finds its way under the hood of the Ford F-150. The engine was said to deliver 9 percent more power and 15 percent more torque when compared to a 5.4L V8 engine. It was said to provide 20 percent fuel-savings as well.
According to Automotive News, the engine has now been delayed from its original launch date of early 2010. Ford president of the Americas said that no new date has been scheduled as of yet. Sources say that the engine may be delayed until 2013.
“We’re still looking at the appropriate time to do that,” Fields said. “We’ve put it on the back burner for right now.”
Apparently, gas prices of around $2 a gallon remain cheaper than diesel, so business case for a diesel powered F-150 has diminished.
GM and Chrysler have also delayed diesel versions of their light-duty pickups.
– By: Kap Shah