Since late 2015, many diesel enthusiasts have speculated that Ford might be venturing into the diesel game.

For the last year, photos of what many thought was a F-150 with 3.0 V6 diesel engine surfaced online; however, Ford had not confirmed anything. Until now.

At the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, Ford announced that their 2018 F-150 models will have a diesel power option, according to Diesel Tech Magazine, a resource for diesel programmers.

“Ford is launching a turbocharged 3.0-liter Lion V6 that was ‘designed, engineered, and tested in-house’ that will be paired with the 10-speed automatic transmission that has become the new standard for the F-150 platform,” according to Diesel Tech Magazine.

Some of the other details of the 2018 model, including the fuel consumption, power and price, have not yet been released by Ford.

This announcement by Ford marks a turning point for the brand to enable them to keep up with the competition.

In 2013, Dodge added the diesel option to the Ram 1500, the first modern half-ton pickup truck with a diesel option, according to USA Today.  In 2015, the Nissan Titan became the first non-Ram pickup truck with a diesel option, according to Auto Blog.

To stay up-to-date on the latest diesel news, be sure to check out Diesel Tech Magazine.

Author- AJ Rupp