We all know the Ford F-150 as a legendarily powerful truck, and the 2021 model as the most advanced version yet. When the automaker announced that the upcoming pickup would include a 3.5-liter PowerBoost™ hybrid powertrain option, it added efficiency to that list. However, just because the new engine splits effort between a gas unit and an electric motor doesn’t mean it skimps on power.
According to Ford, the F-150’s 3.5-liter PowerBoost™ isn’t just “the only full hybrid powertrain available in a pickup and the only one built Ford Tough,” it’s also the most powerful in the 2021 model’s lineup. In fact, it delivers a staggering 430 horsepower and 570 lb-ft of torque, meaning that it offers more torque than any F-150 in history.
According to the F-150’s chief engineer, Craig Schmatz, “To earn the coveted Built Tough distinction, PowerBoost went through the torture testing we put all of our powertrains through.” In practice, that meant putting the new vehicle through a grueling gauntlet of challenges, including towing full loads up and down mountains, enduring a factory test in which the engine was shaken at high speeds by what engineer Jack Parnoutsoukian calls, “a mechanical bull on steroids,” and surviving a track so treacherous Ford designed robot drivers to sit behind the wheel.
The all-new 2021 Ford F-150 — including models equipped with the 3.5-liter PowerBoost™ hybrid engine — will be available at North Brothers Ford starting later this fall.