Even the towing capacity is revealed and every engine option witnesses an increase

When Ford introduced the fourteenth-gen F-150, not a lot was known about the engine range. The automaker announced the engines that will be part of the lineup, but the power outputs weren’t revealed.

Now, however, the details about the 2021 F-150’s power figures are officially out, along with the towing and payload capacities. While most of the mills don’t see a drastic increase, the hybrid looks to be worth the hype. The mill makes 570 pound-feet of torque, the most ever produced by an F-150. Will the hybrid turn out to be the best-selling model in the lineup?

2021 Ford F-150 Engine Specs

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Since most of the engines are retained, here’s how the new iterations stand against the previous ones. The base model will be powered by the 3.3-liter, V-6 engine. There is no change as the mill continues to dish out 290 horses and 265 pound-feet of torque.

But, instead of the six-speed transmission, a ten-speed auto gearbox will be offered on all the engines as the standard and the only option available.

Next in line is the 2.7-liter, V-6 EcoBoost Engine that also continues to make 325 horses and 400 pound-feet of torque. However, with the new transmission in place, you can expect a difference in the ride quality. The 3.0-liter, V-6, Turbodiesel, PowerStroke mill is also retained and carried over without any changes. It develops 250 ponies and 440 pound-feet of torque. The engine used to be mated to a 10-speed auto gearbox, so no change in that aspect as well.

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The 5.0-liter, V-8 Coyote engine’s production was rumored to be reduced and eventually phased out, but for now, it makes an appearance in the 2021 F-150.

Unlike in the 2020 model, which made 395 horses and 400 pound-feet of torque, the tweaked engine makes five horses and 10 pound-feet of torque more.

This means the Coyote engine under the hood of the 2021 model produces 400 horses and 410 pound-feet of torque.

Like I mentioned earlier, the gearbox is the same 10-speed auto as all the other options.

The 3.5-liter, V-6 EcoBoost was earlier available in two iterations – one making 375 ponies and 470 pound-feet of torque, and the other producing 450 horses and 510 pound-feet of torque (F-150 Raptor). Now, the same mill makes 400 ponies and 500 pound-feet of torque, which seems like a balance between the two.

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2021 Ford F-150 drivetrain specifications
Engine 3.3-liter Ti-VCT V6 FFV 2.7-liter EcoBoost® V6 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 3.0-liter Power Stroke® V6 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 3.5-liter PowerBoost™ Full Hybrid V6
Configuration Naturally-aspirated 60-degree V6, overhead cams Twin-turbocharged and intercooled60-degree V6, overhead cams Naturally-aspirated 90-degree V8, overhead cams Turbocharged and intercooled 60-degree V6 diesel Twin-turbocharged and intercooled 60-degree V6, overhead cams Twin-turbocharged and intercooled 60-degree V6, overhead cams
Block/Head material Aluminum block, aluminum heads Compacted graphite iron block, aluminum heads Aluminum block, aluminum heads Compacted graphite iron block, aluminum heads Aluminum block, aluminum heads Aluminum block, aluminum heads
Displacement 3.3 liters (3,340 cubic centimeters, 203.8 cubic inches) 2.7 liters (2,700 cubic centimeters, 165.0 cubic inches) 5.0 liters (5,038 cubic centimeters, 307.0 cubic inches) 3.0 liters (3,000 cubic centimeters, 183.0 cubic inches) 3.5 liters (3,497 cubic centimeters, 213.4 cubic inches) 3.5 liters (3,497 cubic centimeters, 213.4 cubic inches)
Bore x stroke 3.56 inches x 3.41 inches 3.267 inches x 3.267 inches 3.66 inches x 3.65 inches 3.31 inches x 3.54 inches 3.64 inches x 3.41 inches 3.64 inches x 3.41 inches
Compression ratio 12:1 10:1 12:1 16:1 10.5:1 10.5:1
SAE Horsepower 290 @ 6,500 rpm 325 @ 5,000 rpm 400 @ 6,000 rpm 250 @ 3,250 rpm 400 @ 6,000 rpm 430 @ 6,000 rpm
SAE Torque 265 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm 400 lb.-ft. @ 3,000 rpm 410 lb.-ft. @ 4,250 rpm 440 lb.-ft. @ 1,750 rpm 500 lb.-ft. @3,100 rpm 570 lb.-ft. @ 3,000 rpm

The Hybrid Mill Is Quite Powerful

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The biggest change in the 2021 F-150 comes in the form of the 3.5-liter, V-6 PowerBoost engine.

The company had earlier claimed that it makes the ‘best-in-class power and torque’, which didn’t make sense because it’s the only hybrid full mill in the pickup truck segment. Ram’s eTorque mild hybrid system cannot be considered here because it just adds more torque and cranks the engine in a start/stop event.

Anyway, the company has finally revealed the figures, and this engine makes 430 ponies and 570 pound-feet of torque! This system includes a 37-kilowatt electric motor (47 horsepower) in the transmission housing. It is powered by a liquid-cooled, 1.5-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. No, this isn’t a plug-in system and the batteries recuperate on the go.

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It also comes with a Pro Power Onboard generator with 2.4 kilowatts of standard power and 7.2 kilowatts as optional. It can be used to charge your tools, computers, and can power stuff like a 12-inch miter saw, a circular saw, a hammer drill, a half-horsepower air compressor, floodlights, and a gang battery charger, all at the same time; or 28 average refrigerators, if that gives a better perspective.

A series of ports are included – 120-volt, 20-amp outlets, with a single 240-volt, a 30-amp outlet for big equipment. Ford had earlier mentioned that a 2.0 kW Pro Power onboard generator will be available on the other engines. This is good enough to run an electric heater, a TV, a mini-fridge, a blender, and portable speakers.

2021 Ford F-150 Towing and Payload Capacities

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Although the changes in power outputs of the retained engines aren’t big, the towing and hauling capacities have surely gotten better on every engine option.

The base 3.3-liter, V-6 could tow up to 7,700 pounds earlier, but sees a big jump of 500 pounds this time.

The payload capacity, on the other hand, is reduced by a negligible five pounds and is now rated at 1,985 pounds.

The 2.7-liter, V-6 EcoBoost engine could tow 8,500 pounds and haul up to 2,470 pounds in the 2020 models.

The 2021 models equipped with this mill will now be able to tow 1,600 pounds more – 10,100 pounds – and haul up to 2,480 pounds, ten pounds more than the predecessor.

The 2020 model with a 3.0-liter, diesel V-6 engine under the hood came with ratings of 11,500- and 1,940 pounds earlier. Now the towing capacity sees a spike of 600 pounds, but the payload capacity drops by 100 pounds.

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The workhorse 5.0-liter, V-8 Coyote engine was earlier rated to tow and haul up to 10,600- and 3,270 pounds.

The 2021 model can tow and haul impressively higher now and is rated at 13,000- and 3,325 pounds respectively.

The latest hybrid mill slots in the lineup with ratings on the higher side. The 3.5-liter, V-6 PowerBoost can tow up to 12,700 pounds and haul up to 2,120 pounds, which isn’t too bad.

The cherry on the cake is the 3.5-liter, V-6 EcoBoost’s capacity. In the 2020 model that made 375 horses and 470 pound-feet of torque, the towing and payload capacities were rated at 13,200- and 3,230 pounds respectively.

This time, it can tow 14,000 pounds and haul up to 3,250 pounds, making it the best engine in the lineup in terms of heavy lifting.

Final Thoughts

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As an overall package, the 2021 F-150 is a big improvement over the model it replaces. The Ford truck was losing steam with the thirteenth generation and rivals were narrowing the gap, but the addition of the hybrid engine, which Ford says could deliver up to 700 miles on a full tank, should help the automaker regain its dominance.

The increased towing ratings on all the engine options could be a deciding factor as well. We’ll have to wait until the deliveries begin to see how the customers have perceived the 2021 Ford F-150. Do you think it is better than the Ram 1500 and Chevy Silverado 1500? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

Sidd Dhimaan
Associate Editor and Truck Expert - sidd@topspeed.com
Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read More
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