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Yes, There’s A Hybrid

2021 Ford F-150
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The 14th-generation, 2021 Ford F-150 is coming. While it is shaping up to be more evolutionary than revolutionary, one big change remains: electrification. The next-gen F-150 will be available as a hybrid and fully electric model. Ford has teased us with electric pickup truck prototypes, and a leaked engine lineup guide from forum F-150Gen14 shows a hybrid will come too.

The hybrid powertrain listed shows a 3.5 liter gas engine. Combined output is unspecified, but the listing shows a standalone, non-hybrid 3.5 liter V6 with 375 hp. From there, it’s safe to assume the hybrid model will be comfortably over 400 hp. That 3.5 liter V6 is carryover from the current generation truck.

As for the other engines, the current range looks to carry over into the next generation 2021 F-150. a 3.3 liter V6 with 290 hp will continue to be the entry level motor. The 2.7 liter EcoBoost V6 will remain in the range, as will the 5.0 liter Coyote V8. As for diesel options, the 3.0L Powerstroke engine remains.

As for the competition, Ford will follow Ram with the hybrid format. Ram features a mild hybrid with their Pentastar V6, but listing their engine as a “HEV” on the engine guide leads us to believe Ford is offering more electric assistance than Ram. Chevy, on the other hand, has gone with downsizing to a 4 cylinder in chase of better fuel economy and emissions.

electric 2021 Ford F-150

Interestingly, the anticipated all-electric F-150 isn’t listed here. Unsurprisingly, this probably means the electric pickup will ride on a bespoke platform. It could also indicate its not coming in the 2021 model year. But that’t not to say it won’t be impressive. We previously reported the electric F-150 will be a “watershed moment,” for Ford, according Bill Ford Jr. It will also offer Raptor level power and acceleration.

The hybrid powertrain, styling and interior changes should be the biggest news on the regular 2021 Ford F-150 outside of the electric model. The body composition is unconfirmed, but it’s expected that Ford may shift from an all aluminum body to what’s likely to be a more mixed-material use. The all-new F-150 is expected to debut this year, but with the coronavirus crisis still ramping up, we’re unlikely to see it at its scheduled time.


Written by Sam Krahn

Sam graduated with a communications Degree from Wayne State University, where he was also a member of the swim team. He's interested to see how new technology will affect the American performance vehicle landscape.

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