Originally Posted by Cajun Po-Boy
IMO...Ford needs to ride the Ecoboost platform as long as they can as it's proven to be a good setup in the various vehicles that come with it.
I'd prefer to see more refined and turbo charged 4cy/6cy/8cy gassers offered for power and fuel economy for the everyday driver and leave the diesels for the work/tow crowd.
The Europeans have proven beyond any argument that a turbo diesel engine is always more efficient that even the most efficient turbo gasoline engine. The American makers are far behind the Europeans on engine design (interestingly, so are the Japanese.) However we have only ourselves to blame.
Case in point. Chevy advertises their v6 option is the most fuel efficient full size truck produced today (gas engines only, they purposely do not compare the diesel Ram 1500.) However in an interview the design team lead said they expect to retail (non-commercial) consumers to select the v6 less than 10% of the time. In truth most truck buyers will never tow anything. If they do it will be something small and light. The vast majority of new truck buyers do not need anything larger than the v6, but virtually none of them will choose it.
The Big 2.5 are not going to sink money into engine design if they believe we customers do not care. Dodge/Fiat/Chysler/Ram was shocked that the first run of diesel powered 1500's sold out in less than 2 days. Ford has significant internal logistical problems because they could not build as many eco-boost motors as the market demanded. Both companies have realized they seriously misjudged the market.
I think you are absolutely correct that Ford intends to ride the Eco-Boost as far as possible. While this might have taught them other more fuel efficient platforms will sell well, they are still too cautious to pursue a small turbo-diesel option. Of course they have good reason to be reticent to try an all new diesel engine after the 6.oh no debacle.
Ram needs to figure out their supply chain problems ASAP. They could literally sell as many diesel 1500's as they can build, but their initial run was only 10,000 trucks (which again sold out on a single Friday-Saturday run).
And meanwhile Nissan is supposed to have a Cummins powered 1/2 ton in showrooms this fall.