The next Ford F-150 takes its biggest steps yet toward a smaller carbon footprint with a new hybrid model that arrives two years before the electric version is expected to debut.
Ford says the hybrid has best-inclass torque, best-in-class power, at least 5,400 kilograms (12,000 pounds) of towing capacity and nearly 1,200 kilometres of range on a single tank. And it has an onboard electrical supply that Ford says lets tradespeople leave their portable generators at home.
Ford unveiled the 2021 F-150 in a virtual presentation June 25. Despite the hype, the automaker projects
the hybrid, dubbed the PowerBoost Hybrid F-150, to be a low-volume model in Canada.The powertrain consists of a 3.5-litre turbocharged V-6 and an electric motor integrated into a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Dealers were effusive with praise.
“The truck is awesome,” said Shawn Dinner, general manager of Universal Ford in Calgary. “The seats, the generator, the models, there are so many great updates.”
Cam Dingwall, general manager of Dingwall Ford, noted that little has changed in the overall look, “but why ruin a good thing?
“Ford definitely set the bar again with that interior. Very refined and luxurious,” said Dingwall, who runs locations in Kenora and Dryden, Ont. “The hybrid model should also be a game-changer.”
Cara Clairman, the CEO of Plug’n Drive, says there’s definitely a market for an electric pickup in Canada.
“We love our pickups,” she said Friday on the Automotive News Canada Conversations podcast. “I’m actually disappointed it took this long. We expected some to be coming out this year.”
She called hybrids “helpful” in easing reservations people might have about an all-electric vehicle, pickup or otherwise.