It always gets The Sleuth’s full attention when the world’s best-selling pickup gets a major updating. For 2021, the new-look Ford F-150’s trim levels and powertrain lineup return, including three gasoline V-6s (all but one turbocharged), a non-turbo V-8 and one V-6 turbo-diesel. New, however, is a hybrid option with a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 and an electric motor built into the 10-speed automatic transmission. There’s no word as to the horsepower or torque rating, although Ford says the system will out-muscle every other pickup in its class. Also claimed is up to 700 miles of range on a tank of fuel and a towing capacity of 12,000-plus pounds. Topping the list of convenience options is fold-away gear-shift lever that converts to a desktop table, and a tailgate that doubles as a work surface. An all-electric F-150 is expected for the 2022 model year.
The big news for the redesigned F-150 is a new hybrid powertrain option.