Everybody is aware of that Ford’s F-150 is a workhorse. That is probably all the way down to the truth that it is employed in huge numbers as a business fleet car, however it’s additionally a strong platform with solidly constructed and usefully torquey engines.
That final half is essential for individuals who must haul heavy masses commonly, be they within the mattress of the truck or behind it on a trailer, and it is for these those that thenew envisioned. Ford claims that the inclusion of a hybrid system makes it the torquiest engine ever fitted to an F-150.
OK, however how a lot torque is that, precisely? How about 570 pound-feet of twist? For comparability, the diesel-powered F-150 makes a decent 440 pound-feet, and diesels are all in regards to the torque. It additionally makes 430 horsepower, which is nothing to sneeze at both, provided that the next-most-powerful mannequin is the EcoBoost with 400 hp.
What does this imply for patrons, although, in sensible phrases? Properly, it implies that PowerBoost homeowners can tow 12,700 lbs, which is fairly good, although apparently not the highest towing mannequin within the lineup. That honor goes to the non-hybrid 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 mannequin, able to lugging 14,000 lbs behind it.
The opposite space the place the PowerBoost is missing is in payload capability. The PowerBoost is the second worst throughout all fashions with 2,120 lbs, besting solely the three.3-liter naturally aspirated V6 mannequin with its 1,985 lbs. We suspected that this had one thing to do with the hybrid system’s added weight, which Ford has confirmed.
Speaking in regards to the hybrid F-150 additionally means speaking about arguably its coolest characteristic: Professional Energy Onboard, often known as exportable energy. This method permits you to make the most of that large hybrid battery to run issues like lights or instruments straight off the car. It ought to show to be a killer characteristic at job websites or campsites — and do not even get me began on tailgating (when that type of factor is allowed once more).
The 2021 Ford F-150 is slated to go on sale this fall, however we’re not fairly certain how a lot Ford will ask for its new technological terror. I think we’ll get that data nearer to launch.