Everyone knows there’s an electric Ford F-150 already in the works. But what if loyal F-150 fans are not yet ready to make the big jump to EV territory?
Ford might just have an answer.
According to a leaked document posted on the website newf150forum.com, Ford could be releasing an F-150 hybrid-electric vehicle as early as the 2021 model year.
The document purportedly shows a VIN decoder for the 2021 Ford F-150 series that will likely be offered with the same 2.7-liter V6 engine, 5.0-liter gasoline V8, and an optional 3.0-liter V6 diesel. But for the hybrid-electric version, another option is also available: a 3.5-liter HEV V6.
It’s easier said than done, however, as a hybrid pickup truck is deemed high-risk for any automaker. More so for Ford, which cannot bungle anything that could be related to the F-150.
Although the good thing is that the company will not have to completely reinvent the model, considering it has recently introduced two related SUVs with two different approaches to hybridization—the Ford Explorer hybrid equipped with a 3.3-liter naturally aspirated V6 combined with a hybrid system and the Lincoln Aviator’s plug-in hybrid variant that comes with an electrified 303-liter twin-turbocharged V6.
The 14th generation F-150 is due to arrive soon and the hybrid-electric edition is rumored to follow suit.
As always, when it comes to web forums and leaked info, readers are advised to take everything with a grain of salt. If there really is a possibility for Ford to release a hybrid F-150 in two years’ time, the company will surely make the necessary announcements soon.