3.2L Turbo diesel in the F-150 or Ranger?

By Fred G.

They have them in Austrialia, why not in the United States?

Quote from a Ranger review:

Spending some extra coin gets you the current range-topping engine, a 3.2-liter five-cylinder turbo-diesel, also from Europe’s Transit. This one makes 197 hp at 3,000 rpm and a more impressive 347 pounds-feet of torque between 1,500 and 2,750 rpm.

The gas engine makes do with a five-speed manual, while the two diesels come with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.

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It would be nice to have this engine in the F-150 or other sports utilities - even the diesel 4 cylinder version would be nice in the Edge.
james 11/12/2014
i drove the ranger 3.0 duratorq for a couple weeks in afghanistan.  amazing!!!!!!! great mileage with to much power.  I would buy one in a heart beat if i could get one in the states. 
Trent L 10/13/2014
I agree there is a problem with the epa and how diesel is regulated in the usa. The fuel costs too much and having to add the exhaust fluid not so much fun. I do own a Ranger overseas and its a fantastic truck. Ford is destoying Toyota Hilux sales in Fiji. Toyota is scrambling to assemble something very similar to the Ranger. In the US, our government and cripplied any finantial gain to buy a vehicle with diesel. Unless you tow allot there is not much benefit. However, many still want it for the wonderful torque band these motors offer. My Ranger in current xlt 3.2 with six speed would cost as much as a 150. Thats the problem folks. But even so, given the choice, I'd take the ranger over a 150 even at the same price. I like my Ranger that much.
Robert Bowling 03/18/2014
I have a 2001 Ranger 4x4 2.5 td. I love it, but fuel consumption is poor, 10km/L. My older Toyota was 14, my friend's newer Isuzu is 16! At highway speeds I want a 6th gear, it runs too high. Anything I can do to help this situation? What about changing the rear-end to fix the gearing. It's just too low!!
Max 08/19/2013
Bring in the Australian Ranger with the 3.2 liter diesel, and I'll buy one. Or don't, and I'll just buy a Frontier.
JoeSnow 07/31/2013
@combustionignitionHave you ever priced a diesel injection pump? They can run in the thousands for the part alone. If your diesel powered vehicle is an older one without much residual value left, having to replace one of these can be a hard choice to make because the vehicle simply isn't worth doing the repair. Your money would be better spent on a slightly newer vehicle.
James B 06/26/2013
I would buy one in a heart beat or even in the SUV, but if they dont will probably have to buy new ram diesel and I dont like Rams
Driving experience. Try driving an underpowered gas engine on cruise control, which in my opinion should be mandatory so I don't have to pass the same idiot over and over again when traveling, and listen to the tranny shift up searching for power. Do it in a diesel and it stays exactly where you set it. Increased towing capability. Put a few people in your gas powered car, which is the same effect of towing and watch the mpg diference. The diesel doesn't suffer from this near as much. If you ever owned and drove modern turbo diesel vs. gas, you would quickly find out how poor the EPA rates their mpg. Diesels outdo EPA estimates by far in city and highway. Safer in accident aftermath when fuel tank rupture is involved. Don't understand the whole maintenance argument. Haven't seen anyone saying maintenance is cheap on any new vehicle these days. Almost no carbon monoxide emissions which is what we should be worried about instead of NOX. I don't think there were many diesels on the road in L.A. when smog first started appearing way back when.
Ryan Tokar 02/02/2012
The thing is that in Europe, diesel is roughly the same price as gasoline. Same goes for Australia. There's a large discrepancy in fuel costs in North America that makes diesels not the greatest choice. There were a few times this winter where I've seen diesel for 25 cents more per litre than gas, that's about an extra dollar per gallon.

Even on something like a Focus, where the 2.0 DuraTorq averages 56 MPG and the best gasoline engine averages 38 MPG, with a difference in price of 11 cents per litre (about 41 cents/gallon) the diesel engine would only save you 3000 dollars over a lifespan of 120 thousand miles. Just look at the VW Jetta, the diesel is a 5000 dollar option. So financially for the consumer it probably just doesn't make sense, and that's before you even consider the increased maintenance costs of running a diesel.
John Fennell 11/03/2011
I am an American living as an EXPAT in Malaysia and we also have the same truck here. This is and Excellent Idea FORD should at least give the American consumers the option to have a diesel engine in a small truck.