It’s been known for awhile now that Ford is preparing an updated F-150 pickup for the 2021 model year. The revised truck has been spotted in spy shots several times, but now some of the details may be leaking out as well. A leaked VIN decoder shows off the alleged engine lineup for the 2021 F-150, potentially confirming the engine found in the F-150 hybrid.
The enthusiast forum NewF150Forum published what appears to be the VIN decoder for the 2021 F-150. The document shows six different engine options for the pickup, most of which are carryover from the 202o model.
Getting right to the headliner, the document shows Ford’s 3.5-liter V-6 is returning to the F-150 lineup. Only this time the 3.5-liter will serve as the gas engine on the upcoming F-150 hybrid model. Unfortunately the power level is not listed, but seeing a hybrid option listed comes as no surprise. Ford confirmed plans for a hybridized F-150 to hit the market in 2020 long ago. The company has been mum on details, other than saying it would be able to act as a power generator for tools and machinery.
Aside from the 3.5-liter hybrid, the 3.3-liter V-6 with 290 horsepower is still listed as the base engine. Buyers will still be able to opt for the twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6 with 325 horsepower or the turbocharged 3.5-liter with 375 horsepower.
2021 F-150 buyers who still want a V-8 can still opt for the 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 with 395 horsepower.
Another potential piece of news out of this document is the fact the 3.0-liter Powerstroke V-6 has “TBD” as its power rating. This certainly suggests Ford is amping up the power on its mini Powerstroke, likely in response to the Ram EcoDiesel and GM’s 3.0-liter Duramax inline-six entrants into the market.
Of course it is worth noting this is all speculation until confirmed by Ford, but all six engine options pass the logic test to us.