It seems like 'going backward to go forward', keeping it simple. Cam in block pushrod engine, gasoline, not even coil on plug, it has a short plug wire so they can keep the coil away from the heat. The article says it has variable valve timing, I wonder if they got cute like Chrysler's V10, and separated the exhaust from the intake lobes, and vary both independantly.
Can you imagine being a fleet manager for a mining or power generation company, and living through owning a fleet of 6.0 Diesel F250's? Maybe Ford is trying to recapture those commercial fleet customers with what sounds like a more basic, robust power plant?
1995 E350 7.3 Diesel, 4x4 high roof camper, UJOR 4" lift