2021 Ford F-150 to gain hybrid V6 option - report

The next-generation Ford F-150 looks set to primarily use carryover drivetrains, but there will be one addition to the mix: a V6 hybrid.

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Ford looks likely to introduce the first-ever hybrid powertrain to its best-selling F-150 pickup truck, according to a leaked internal document.

The diagram, published by Ford Authority, breaks down the VIN scheme for the 2021 F-150.

The most interesting addition to the range will be a 3.5-litre V6 hybrid drivetrain. Unfortunately the power output for this new powertrain option has yet to be confirmed.

If this document is accurate, the base engine will be a naturally-aspirated 3.3-litre V6 with 216kW. Ram offers a mild-hybrid V6 and V8 option on its current 1500 pickup.

Next up in the power stakes is a turbocharged 2.7-litre V6 with 242kW. This is followed by a 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 with 280kW.

At the top of the regular range is a 5.0-litre V8 with 295kW.

All of the listed engines have the same amount of power as their current-generation counterparts.

2021 Ford F-150 to gain hybrid V6 option - report

The document doesn’t list the high-output version of the twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6 used in the current Raptor (pictured here), where it’s tuned to deliver 336kW and 691Nm.

Despite this engine’s omission, a four-door Raptor is specified as one of the body variants.

There will also be a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 offered. Like the hybrid, no power output is stated in the document, but in the current F-150 the V6 diesel is rated at 186kW and 597Nm.

2021 Ford F-150 to gain hybrid V6 option - report

Spy photos indicate the fourteenth-generation F-150 will have evolutionary styling. Like the current vehicle, the new F-150 is likely to feature an aluminium body and a steel frame.

As with the current F-150, the next-generation model will available in three cabin choices: regular, extended Super Cab, and four-door Super Crew.

The existing F-150 measures 5.3m long in single-cab form with a short tray, and tops out at almost 6.4m long for the dual-cab with an 8.0-foot (2.4m) tray.

2021 Ford F-150 to gain hybrid V6 option - report

The F-150 has been America’s top selling vehicle since 1981.


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