Ford F-150 Hybrid Slowly Comes Into View
Long promised and as of yet undelivered, the hybrid variant of the Ford F-150 will be the first vehicle of its kind in a wildly competitive (and lucrative) segment. The model will offer pickup buyers a taste of the fully electrified pickups poised to flood lineups, while giving do-it-yourself types and work crews a convenient power source for their tools, lights, etc.
As of this week, it seems we now know what to expect under the hood.
A VIN decoder chart posted to newf150forum.com reveals the engine roster for the next-generation F-150 inbound for the 2021 model year. The lineup looks just like the current-gen model’s, but with one new addition.
The hybrid-electric (a terrible term) F-150 dons a V6 engine boasting a displacement that disappeared from non-turbo F-150s before 2018: 3.5 liters. That same engine faded from the Explorer line when it went all-new for MY2020.
Scheduled to enter production at the Dearborn Truck Plant later this year (joined in 2021 by a fully electric variant), the hybrid F-150’s gas-electric output is listed as TBD. The old 3.5-liter generated 282 horsepower and 253 lb-ft of torque; for 2018, the base V6 was replaced with a dual-injection 3.3-liter making more power. Where this engine lands on the power scale remains to be seen.
Elsewhere in the 2020 F-150 portfolio, Regular Cab, SuperCab, and SuperCrew bodystyles remain, as do the base 3.3L, upgrade 2.7-liter and 3.5-liter Ecoboosts, the 5.0-liter V8 (Ford isn’t ready to ditch available V8 power just yet), and the recent 3.0-liter turbodiesel addition. Not seen in the VIN is the higher-output 3.5EB found in the Raptor, though the off-road variant does appear in the chart’s vehicle type section.