Six different options, including a new hybrid

Considering that the F-150 is the most popular truck in the States and has been sitting on the throne for over four decades, Ford has done a fairly good job of being tight-lipped about revealing any details prior to its new-generation launch.

However, it couldn’t do its job as good as Tesla did with the Cybertruck. As it turns out, the different engine options that Ford has to offer on the 2021 F-150 have leaked. A post on NewF150Forum suggests that the pickup truck will be offered with six different engine options. Good to see Ford not downsizing the number of engine options to simplify the lineup.

What Engines Will The 2021 Ford F-150 Offer?

Here Are the Engines Ford Will Offer in the 2021 F-150 Exterior Spyshots
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The 2021 Ford F-150 will carry over some of the engines from the present-gen model. The list doesn’t reveal all the specifications of every engine, but it lays out the power delivery of most of them.

So, we expect them to be carried over as is without any change in torque figures or transmission choice. However, there is a possibility of a slight change in towing figures because some of the 2021 F-150 trims could feature an independent rear suspension system.

Here’s the list of engines that will be carried over, according to the leaked list. The detailed specs of each of them are listed at the end of the article.

Here Are the Engines Ford Will Offer in the 2021 F-150 Exterior Spyshots
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  • 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

The last entry is a surprise given that Ford is on the verge of retiring this engine. Nevertheless, it’s good to have a high-displacement engine in the lineup. The 3.0-liter, V-6 engine will also be carried over, but in a different state of tune, that’s yet to be decided. The much talked about plug-in-hybrid version is listed as ‘Electric’ here. This will include to the 3.5-liter engine, but power outputs are not revealed. As for the fully-electric F-150, it is still a year or two away from being introduced.

The F-150 has a well-sorted trim lineup and we don’t expect Ford to mess around with that. So, you can expect the same trims to be retained in different body and drive configurations. The list also mentions ‘Raptor’ and that confirms the off-road trim’s presence moving forward. The Blue Oval, however, could introduce new packages for the new F-150.

Here Are the Engines Ford Will Offer in the 2021 F-150 Exterior Spyshots
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Perhaps, its tie-up with various aftermarket companies for the Bronco could lead to new accessories and packages for the F-150 as well.

Also, since there are no ‘new’ engines per se, the 2021 model won’t be priced significantly higher than its corresponding trims.

The 2021 F-150 Raptor Could Feature the GT500’s V-8 Mill!

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Speaking of the Raptor, Ford will be tempted to introduce the Mustang Shelby GT500’s 5.2-liter, V-8 Supercharged mill in the Raptor.

The engine makes 760 horsepower and 625 pound-feet of torque. This will be in response to Ram’s move to power the upcoming Ram Rebel TRX’s with the Dodge Charger’s 6.2-liter, V-8 Hellcat engine with 707 ponies. It could bump up the costs and make it a lot more expensive than the current Raptor, but the GT500’s mill will lure people to opt for it. Plus, Ford needs to go for it because from what we know about the Rebel TRX until now, it is shaping out to be an absolutely drool-worthy product and could blow the F-150 Raptor out of the water in its current form.

Here’s What We Know About The 2021 Ford F-150 Until Now

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Other than the new engine options, here are some things we know, and some that we believe that could feature in the 2021 F-150:

  • New headlights and taillights
  • New front and rear bumpers
  • New grille design
  • Door-mounted wing mirrors
  • Better aerodynamics
  • A composite-material truck bed could be introduced
  • The cabin will be a big improvement
  • Ride quality will improve in the rear thanks to a new suspension system
  • A bigger 12-inch touchscreen system or the Explorer’s vertical touchscreen could be offered
  • An infotainment system in the truck bed? Ford filed a patent for the same
  • A prototype was spied last year with an independent rear suspension system

Engine Options And Towing Capacities On The Current F-150

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In the present generation, Ford offers five engines in six iterations on the F-150:

Engine 3.3-liter, V-6 Engine 2.7-liter, V-6 EcoBoost Engine 3.5-liter, V-6 EcoBoost Engine 3.5-liter, V-6 EcoBoost Engine (High Output) 3.0-liter, V-6, Turbodiesel, Power Stroke Engine 5.0-liter, V-8 Coyote Engine
Horsepower 290 Horsepower 325 Horsepower 375 Horsepower 450 Horsepower 250 horsepower 395 Horsepower
Torque 265 Pound-feet 400 Pound-feet 470 Pound-feet 510 Pound-feet 440 Pound-feet 400 Pound-feet
Transmission Six-speed Automatic 10-speed Automatic 10-Speed Automatic 10-Speed Automatic 10-Speed Automatic 10-speed Automatic
Towing Capacity 7,700 pounds 8,500 pounds 13,200 pounds 11,000 pounds 11,500 pounds 10,600 pounds
Payload Capacity 1,990 pounds 2,470 pounds 3,230 pounds 1,520 pounds 1,940 pounds 3,270 pounds
Drivetrain Two-Wheel-Drive and Four-Wheel Drive Two-Wheel-Drive and Four-Wheel Drive Two-Wheel-Drive and Four-Wheel Drive Two-Wheel-Drive and Four-Wheel Drive Two-Wheel-Drive and Four-Wheel Drive Two-Wheel-Drive and Four-Wheel Drive

Final Thoughts

Here Are the Engines Ford Will Offer in the 2021 F-150 Exterior Spyshots
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It’s good to see that Ford still has something for each of its customers. You don’t fix something that isn’t broken and Ford did exactly that by retaining the drivetrains. The new electric F-150 is still some time away, but the hybrid could intrigue the customers who don’t want to take the plunge from a fully internal combustion engine truck to an electric one. The hybrid bridges the gap well and it’ll be interesting to see what specs it brings to the table. You can expect good initial torque and over 400 horses here. People buying the F-150 as a work truck will also have their eyes on this engine.

But, what about the independent rear suspension system? I highly doubt Ford will offer that as a piece of standard equipment as it takes a hit on the towing and payload capacities. However, Ford could offer it as optional equipment on all the trims. Maybe the Raptor could feature it as standard since it improves the handling by a huge margin. Also because Ram may offer the air suspension standard on the Rebel TRX.

The biggest question is, however, what is Ford doing about that tailgate? Ram and GMC have the Multifunction and MultiPro tailgates on their trucks, and the Chevrolet Silverado is also expected to get the latter. We haven’t hear anything about this yet, but it will be a bummer if it continues with the same old power tailgate.

What are you looking forward to in the 2021 Ford F-150? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

Here Are the Engines Ford Will Offer in the 2021 F-150
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Source: F150Gen14

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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