DEARBORN, Michigan — The 2016 Ford F-150 with the 5.0-liter V8 engine will feature an optional setup to run on compressed natural gas or propane, but the pickup truck will not be available with a diesel engine.
"There is no diesel for 2016," Ford spokesman Mike Levine told Edmunds. "We feel the EcoBoost (engine) is a better value."
He added: "The CNG/propane option is a nice hedge if you're concerned about fuel prices."
The average CNG price on Friday stood at $2.11, according to CNG.now.
Ford dealers will open the order books for the 2016 F-150 this summer, with the trucks arriving this winter.
Levine said the automaker is not revealing any other details about the 2016 F-150 at this point, including full pricing.
The CNG-propane engine-prep option from the factory costs $315 before the customer chooses a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier to supply fuel tanks, fuel lines and unique fuel injectors. Ford said consumers can expect to pay about $7,500 to $9,500 for upfits, depending on fuel-tank capacity.
Ford's F-150 alternative-fuel strategy differs from competitors such as Nissan, which will roll out a redesigned 2016 Nissan Titan XD with an all-new Cummins 5.0-liter V8 turbodiesel engine. Another F-150 competitor, the Ram 1500, can be ordered with a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine.
GM offers the 2015 Bi-Fuel CNG Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500/3500HD. Both feature a compressed natural gas option.
Ford said the 2016 F-150 will be the only half-ton pickup with the ability to run on compressed natural gas or propane.
"We surveyed customers likely to use natural gas or propane and 72 percent told us they want to have these alternative-fuel capabilities available on F-150 with the 5.0-liter V8 engine," said Jon Coleman, Ford fleet sustainability and technology manager, in a statement. "We expect the gaseous-fuel prep package will be even more popular than it was on the 2014 F-150 with the 3.7-liter V6 engine."
Ford said 2016 F-150 pickups running on CNG or propane will be able to tow the same amount as if they were running on gasoline. Payload capability is the same as well — minus the weight of the installed CNG or propane system.
Edmunds says: Truck buyers get the first glimpse at what Ford dealers will be offering on the 2016 Ford F-150.