The new generation of the F-150 pickup truck is on the way. Even the coronavirus pandemic is not going to stop the 14th series of the best-selling vehicle in the US to show up next year. We already saw what it will look like. One of the things that are not unveiled yet is the engine lineup. It is already rich, but there is always room for more, especially if we are talking about the 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid.
The Blue Oval company is a leader in the segment and the most innovative manufacturer. Hybrid drivetrains are taking over control in other classes and it is time to see the truck with such technology. A lot of questions are surrounding this move. The biggest one is the towing capacity. Most hybrids we see in the market are not as capable as their petrol siblings.
2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid Specs
What will be the powertrain for the 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid? Well, Explorer SUV recently introduced a powerful hybrid for the European market and there is also a system available for Lincoln Aviator. With 450-500 ponies, this configuration can provide enough power. A 3.0-liter V6 petrol engine is the base of the setup and the support comes from a pair of electric motors. Power and torque are not questionable, but what about the towing? Aviator steps up with an impressive outcome – 6,700 pounds! For the PHEV, more than enough. Still, truckers might look for more. On the other hand, Explorer Hybrid is downtuned to 320 hp and 5,000 lbs.
When We Could See an Electric F-150 Pickup?
Ford is giving hints, but nothing is official yet. The company wants to compete with a leader in this world, Tesla. However, it seems the old rivalry is going to be carried over to the new segment. General Motors unveiled their electric plans. A pickup truck is one of them. Further rumors indicate that GM could use a legendary nameplate – Hummer. It is not a surprise since the boxy SUV was about to introduce a truck and hybrid versions before it was discontinued.
So, the intentions of the biggest rival might speed up the development of the 2022 Ford F-150 Electric truck. The company invests a lot in this process and the first results are there in Mach E all-electric SUV. The next vehicle to get such a configuration is a pickup truck. Ford also invests heavily in Rivian and its R1T prototype. The new truck might appear with the Blue Oval badge on the grille. However, there are other big companies as investors, so it won’t be so easy for Ford to ‘borrow’ the idea from the new startup.
2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid Release Date
The pandemic hit hard the automotive industry, which will be recovering for a long time. Nevertheless, companies are not giving up on their priorities yet and the 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid is one of them. The best-selling model in the US market is not going to reach 1 million sales next season, but the hybrid drivetrain is a good chip for the future seasons.