Although most of the rumors are pointing that Ford F-150 truck will get a hybrid version in 2020, we could see it already next year. Whatsoever, this could be just the concept of what we will see the year after. The 2019 Ford F-150 Hybrid is already causing a lot of discussions. One thing is sure, the Blue Oval company will speed up the development of its first-ever plug-in hybrid pickup truck.
This news is not unexpecting. First of all, the carmaker is electrifying its entire lineup. Crossovers, trucks, sedans, small and big vehicles. Of course, as one of the flagship models, the F-150 is the favorite of rumor mills. But on the other hand, its competition, Ram 1500 will present the concept somewhere next year. This is another trigger for 2019 Ford F-150 Hybrid. Finally, the benefit of such drivetrain is enormous. All in all, the truck is getting the combination of petrol and electric power. The question is when it will happen?
2019 Ford F-150 Hybrid drivetrain
There is still no official info or any hints about the engine combo for 2019 Ford F-150 Hybrid. However, we can hear rumors considering some options for the new truck.
According to most reliable sources, the electric unit will be very functional. Not only that engineers will make it very potent and economical, but the battery will serve as the portable electric station. Owners of the F-150 Hybrid truck will be able to attach a laptop or other devices to its power source. This will make the truck perfect for camping and long trips.
The same sources are saying the 2019 Ford F-150 Hybrid is getting a 50 percent mileage boost comparing to the conventional model. That means the pickup will be able to run around 40 mpg. The base Ford F-150 uses a 3.3-liter V-6 unit, which returns 19/25 mpg. Similar gas mileage we can find on the most popular engine, a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6. The third option, a 2.7-liter V-6 is the best powertrain when we compare the mileage.
2019 Ford F-150 Hybrid Raptor
After spinning news about the hybrid, the fans are going even further. This time we are pretty sure it is too far. Soon after the 2019 Ford F-150 Hybrid, we can see the Raptor version of this truck. Possible yes, but very unrealistic at this moment.
That will probably mean engineers will create a hybrid powertrain from a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6. This engine is already tuned with the special setup for regular Raptor. However, the idea is somehow strange. The performance-oriented pickup will lose some power with a hybrid drivetrain. Well, its poor gas mileage will get a huge boost. But, buyers of this truck don’t care too much about it, since they want high power and torque outputs.
2019 Ford F-150 Hybrid release date
As we already mentioned, the 2019 Ford F-150 Hybrid is not coming before next year. It could be some kind of a teaser for the real deal coming in 2020. Whatsoever, the truck deserves a big stage. Experts doubt it will be ready for Detroit. New York Motor Show seems like the most realistic option. LA is too late, while all other shows are too small for such debut.
Tesla. Yes, it is the company that builds only electric vehicles. But, without any other hybrid in the market, Tesla’s upcoming pickup truck is the main rival. Whatsoever, Ram announced the development of their hybrid truck. The Ram 1500 could get specific drivetrain to start the revolution in this segment.
The cost of development is too high. Also, without too many competitors, the 2019 Ford F-150 Hybrid could cost a fortune. Well, it is not going to have a price of luxurious pickups, but a significant jump from $30,000 is certain. It could be on par with Raptor.