A VIN decoder for the new F-150 says so

The 2021 F-150’s engine options were recently leaked and we have a basic idea of what drivetrains to expect from the upcoming model.

The new F-150 was also spotted with the camouflage on. However, we had not heard anything about the F-150 Raptor. Now that the 2021 Ford F-150 is on the horizon, it only makes sense to talk about the Raptor’s future as well. Well, it looks like Ford will be dropping the F-150 Raptor SuperCab from the lineup. According to a VIN decoder, the two-door version of the off-roader will be retired with the current model itself and Ford will sell the Raptor SuperCrew only. Is it a good idea?

Is The Next-Gen F-150 Raptor Four-Door Only??

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According to a report by Motortrend, Ford will not be retaining the SuperCab body style of the F-150 Raptor. Ford has listed Regular, SuperCab, and SuperCrew 4x2 and 4x4 F-150 configurations, along with SuperCrew Raptor. There is no mention of a SuperCab, and this may not be an error.

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However, imagine if Ford rolls out an even more mean-looking machine with wider body and tracks, more aggressive stance, and bigger off-road tires. And will it take on the Ram Rebel TRX? Or perhaps, the company would’ve made slight changes in the dimensions and hasn’t uploaded the data for the same, hence it’s missing.

The V-6 EcoBoost Will Serve As The Hybrid Mill

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Coming to data not being uploaded, we still don’t know the power outputs of the 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine. The previous leak showed that the much talked about plug-in hybrid version is listed as ‘Electric’ here.

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This will be mated to the 3.5-liter engine, but there was no mention of the power figures. So, it is pretty much clear that this is the engine that will be ‘hybridized’. But what we also know is that the 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost in the lesser power iteration is already listed. So, the hybrid could be based on the higher-output version of the mill, and the hybrid setup could bring extra horses to the mill.

According to the list that was leaked earlier this week, these are the engines that will be carried over:

  • 2.7-liter, V-6
  • 3.3-liter, V-6
  • 3.5-liter, V-6 EcoBoost (in the lower 375-horsepower iteration)
  • 5.0-liter, V-8

PowerStroke Might Get All The More Powerful

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You’ll also notice that the 3.0-liter V-6 TurboDiesel mill is not listed. There is no reason for Ford to retire it, but the mill could receive power bumps. Ram introduced the 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel engine in the 2020 1500 that made 260 horses and 480 pound-feet of torque.

The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500’s 3.0-liter six-cylinder Duramax makes 277 horses and 460 pound-feet of torque.

Ford’s 3.0-liter V-6 makes 250 ponies and 440 pound-feet of twist. It is the least potent in both the aspects, so Ford could perhaps pump up these outputs considering that the EcoDiesel is doing very well, and the 2020 Silverado’s Duramax is receiving a lot of praises as well. Could we see it get around 280 horses?

Final Thoughts

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All said and done, Ford needs the F-150 to be perfect right from its launch. In the first quarter of 2020, the GM duo of Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra outsold Ford F-Series. The market is volatile right now, courtesy of the pandemic, but the F-Series was the only model that registered negative growth. The GM brothers and Ram saw an increase of 28-percent and seven-percent sales in the first quarter of 2020.

There was a time when Ford dominated the market by a huge margin, but the gap is slowly closing down and the Q1 results may worry a few corporate heads. If Ford needs to continue its dominance, the 2021 F-150 needs to be perfect.

What are your thoughts on the 2021 F-150 with all that we know about it until now? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

Source: Motor Trend

Sidd Dhimaan
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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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