Well the truck wars won’t be ending in 2021. Ford is drawing a new line in the sand when it comes to half-ton capabilities, announcing specifications that will make the redesigned F-150 best-in-class when it comes to towing and payload. For the first time ever, we’re also seeing the details on the F-150 Hybrid.
According to Ford, the maximum towing capability of the 2021 F-150 is 14,000 pounds, an increase of 800 over the 2020 truck. That puts the F-150 comfortably ahead of the Silverado’s 13,300 rating and Ram’s 12,750. Subsequently, the F-150 can carry 3,325 pounds in the bed, an increase of 55 pounds over today’s truck, a 1,000 pound increase over both rivals.
The added capabilities are coming in part thanks to more powerful engines. The 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 now makes 400 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque, an increase of 5 horsepower and 10 pound-feet. Likewise, the EcoBoost 3.5-liter V-6 is now rated at 400 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque, an impressive increase of 25 horsepower and 30 pound-feet. Even with both engines seeing power increases, they are still not the most powerful offerings for the 2021 F-150. The first-ever F-150 Hybrid carries the power torch with 430 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of torque.
Fuel economy numbers–particularly for the Hybrid–have not yet been released. Ford says the 2.7-liter V-5, 3.3-liter V-6 and 3.0-liter turbo-diesel will have carryover specifications from 2020.
While Ford has been generous with 2021 F-150 specifications today, there’s still some unanswered power stats. Details on the redesigned F-150 Raptor’s powerplant are still unknown, as it wether or not the F-150 Limited will continue to have a high-output variant of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost. Expect those details to come out closer to their respective trim level launches.