Yes, America's favorite truck is getting hybrid power.
The immovable force that is the Ford F-150 shifted almost 900,000 units in the US last year, proving that the truck remains as popular as ever. Ford isn't about to get complacent, though, with a new model set to arrive next year. Now, according to a VIN decoding sheet posted on the F150Gen14 forum, we have more insight into the upcoming F-150's powertrains. The big news is the addition of a much-anticipated hybrid model.
It's been over a year since Ford confirmed that hybrid power would make its way into the F-150 and, assuming that the information in the document is true, it seems that the automaker has fulfilled that promise. In total, the sheet lists six different engines, starting with a 3.3-liter V6 producing 290 horsepower - this appears to be a carryover of the current entry-level model.
A 2.7-liter V6 (325 hp), a 3.5-liter V6 (375 hp) and a 5.0-liter V8 (395 hp) appear to mimic the offerings of the current model as well. A 3.0-liter V6 diesel and a 3.5-liter V6 hybrid are also listed, but no power outputs are supplied for these variants. The document further breaks down the body type, with a SuperCrew Raptor listed, although its 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 with 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque is missing.
Most will be interested in the hybrid's final outputs, which could exceed 400 horses depending on whether the 3.5-liter V6 engine it is paired with is turbocharged or not. It should be a torque monster, though, and could turn out to be the quickest-accelerating model in the range.
We've already gotten a glimpse into what the upcoming F-150 could look like when it is officially unveiled (seen in the renderings above), and we loved what we saw. While thoroughly modernized, it remains as mean-looking and assertive as ever - the addition of hybrid power has not turned America's favorite truck into a visual softie.
We originally expected to see the new F-150 at the 2020 Detroit Auto Show in June, but like many other major motoring shows, Detroit has been postponed to next year in light of the coronavirus pandemic. When the updated F-150 does arrive, expect it to cause even more problems for its chief rivals, the Ram 1500 and the Chevrolet Silverado 1500.