Ford Motor Co. is ready to roll out the first diesel engine it has developed entirely in-house, a quiet, technically-sophisticated and high-mileage “oil-burner” that will replace the old Power Stroke diesel had been outsourcing.
The new 6.7-liter V8 will appear in Ford’s biggest, Super-Duty trucks, models like the F350, where buyers are seeking a mix of stump-pulling torque and high mileage. But the new diesel could very well be transformed into the fuel-efficient powertrain that many analysts believes the automaker needs in its light-duty F-150, as well.
So Ford officials confirm, but they quickly stress that there are no plans to launch an F-150 diesel, at least not until they can figure out a profitable business equation.
Known internally as Scorpion, the new V-8 is the result of a nearly 4-year development project that was handled much like some of the legendary Skunkworks programs at Lockheed – with developers moving away from the main Ford engineering campus in an effort to minimize the typical bureaucratic interference.