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A Hybrid V6 Is The Most Powerful Offering

2021 Ford F-150 Lariat
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The all-new Ford F-150 is finally here, and along with it comes the most advanced hybrid powertrain of any pickup truck. This hybrid system joins not one, not two, but five other engines in the lineup. Yet, despite being a new generation of truck, most of the 2021 Ford F-150 engines remain unchanged from the outgoing model. That said, Ford isn’t revealing any power, torque or fuel economy figures for the 2021 F-150 lineup just yet.

Most important is that new hybrid powertrain. Ford hasn’t given power figures for the 3.5 liter PowerBoost Hybrid V6, but they claim it’ll have the most power and torque of any pickup in the light duty full size pickup class. Still, we can estimate it’ll develop around 422 hp because the electric motor brings an additional 47 hp to the 3.5 liter twin-turbo V6, which has 375 hp in the 2020 model. The hybrid system can tow up to 12,000 pounds and drive around 700 miles on a single tank, although those certainly won’t happen at the same time. The hybrid system also features regenerative braking to charge the battery, and delivers the most power for the new Pro Power onboard generator.

2021 Ford F-150
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The base engine continues to be the 3.3 liter naturally aspirated V6, and will probably only be available in the short cab XL models. From there, customers can upgrade to the 2.7 liter EcoBoost V6, or more powerful 3.5 liter V6 for buyers wanting six cylinders without electric assistance. The 5.0 liter Coyote V8 is the only V8 on offer, and a 3.0 liter Power Stroke V6 is the only diesel in the range.

Ford has decided to not mess with success too much with 2021 Ford F-150 engines, with most of it being carryover from the previous generation. In our eyes, the PowerBoost hybrid is easily the go-to engine, providing more power than the V8 with expectedly better fuel economy. Plus, the 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 used in the hybrid is already a tried-and-true engine, so there (hopefully) shouldn’t be much worry for reliability issues.

2021 Ford F-150
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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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