The most important vehicle in Ford’s lineup has been updated for a new generation. To make sure it stays on top of the pickup pile, Ford has targeted the most towing, payload, torque, and horsepower on the market and has introduced a fully hybrid option.
The 3.5-liter PowerBoost hybrid powertrain mates a V6 engine to a 46 hp electric motor offering instant torque. The motor has been integrated into Ford’s 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission and specially calibrated for truck use. Drive modes like tow/haul mode to help tow heavy trailers.
Ford says it’s aiming for a max towing rating of 12,000 lbs (which they helpfully remind us is the equivalent of 43 NFL linemen) and it will go 700 miles on a tank of gas.
Regenerative braking also will recharge the 1.5 kWh batteries as you slow down. The battery is stowed under the truck, keeping weight low and out of the way. If you don’t need the fuel economy boost, Ford says you can use the battery as a generator instead. With a 2.0kW output will be available on all gas trucks while PowerBoost hybrids will have an output of 2.4 kW or if you really need a lot of power, up 7.2kW. Power is accessible through 120 volt 20 amp outlets. Or you can run an oven with the optional 7.2kW thanks to a 240 volt 30 amp outlet.
If you aren’t interested in a hybrid, engine options will be familiar. A choice of a 3.3-liter V6, a 5.0-liter V8 and two EcoBoost engine (2.7-liter and 3.5-liter) and a 3.0-liter PowerStroke diesel option.
It’s not just the hybrid engine that’s high tech, Ford is including Co-Pilot360 2.0. An up to 12-inch infotainment screen meanwhile, will keep the tech fetishists happy. Fold flat seats will help you take a nap after a long day’s work.
Sales are expected to start this fall and prices aren’t expected to shift much, but we’ll have more details on that score soon.