When it comes to debuts, Ford has had a rough 2020. The 2021 Ford Bronco was supposed to debut quite awhile ago, but the COVID-19 pandemic put the brakes on those plans, and it appears that the 2021 Ford F-150 has perhaps also fallen victim to the recent string of cancellations and postponements that has followed in the wake of the virus. But that hasn’t stopped some very juicy information from emerging that appears to spill the beans on the engine lineup.
The information comes from a report that appears to have been leaked by the F150Gen14 owners forum. These forums have been the scourge for Ford as of late (i.e Bronco) and the leak here is pretty significant with the report suggesting that a 3.3 liter naturally aspirated V6 that is good for 290 horsepower. This is carried over from the outgoing 2020 model, and we suspect that the engine is also packing the same 265 lb-ft of torque.
Move beyond the base engine, and the report also confirms that a wide variety of engine options will be on tab with the next engine up being the turbocharged 2.7 liter V6 that is still good for 325 horsepower. Torque here is not revealed as well, but we suspect that like in the 2020 model, 400 lb-ft of torque will be on hand to help with acceleration and towing. The theme of carryover goodies extends out to the 3.5 liter twin-turbocharged V6 and the 5.0 liter V8, with the up-level engines also making roughly the same numbers that they currently do in the 2020 model.
Things get interesting when you look in other key areas of the chart. The 3.0 liter Powerstroke diesel is on hand too, but with a “TBD” label instead of a formal horsepower number being added, that could mean that tweaks are coming for this engine as well. Finally the F-150 Hybrid and its electrified 3.5 liter V6 are also a TBD special, but with the non-hybrid version of the engine producing 375 horsepower, look for the addition of the electric motor to help push power just past the 400 horsepower barrier.
The hybrid in particular is a key cog in Ford’s plan for the F-150, with the company heavily researching the idea since 2014. The company would announce in 2017 that the firm was bringing the truck to the market in late 2020, but it will be interesting to see if COVID-19 has forced Ford to alter the timetable for this model especially in regards to a potential debut. Look for more information to emerge over the next few months, with a debut expected to take place in the latter part of the year.
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