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2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid's engine makes it as efficient as a compact SUV

The 2021 F-150 Hybrid is the company's most fuel-efficient full-size truck sold in the U.S.

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The 2021 Ford F-150 is now the fuel economy leader in the truck segment. The company's new hybrid full-size light-duty pickup truck is equipped with the fuel-efficient 3.5-liter PowerBoost engine that delivers efficient power in every configuration.

"Our team spent months living with and observing truck customers at their homes, on job sites and on the weekends," said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford chief product platform and operations officer. "Using electrification, we realized we could now give customers something they had long wanted but didn't think was possible – tremendous power, great fuel economy and all-new capabilities to make their F-150 even more productive."

2021 Ford F-150The 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid comes standard with an on-board generator that can be upgraded to have enough output to power a bevy of tools at a construction site. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The least thirsty 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid is configured with a 4x2 drivetrain and gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. It has a range of 750 miles. The 4x4 PowerBoost model earns an EPA-estimated 24 mpg combined, which is the best among 4x4 full-size light-duty pickups. It can go 700 miles on a single tank of gas.

That fuel efficiency makes the F-150 Hybrid as efficiency as the 2021 Jeep Wrangler, 2021 Hyundai Tucson, and 2021 Jeep Compass, though the F-150 is much more powerful. It delivers 430 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of torque. The 4x2 PowerBoost has a 12,700-pound maximum conventional towing capacity with the Max Trailer Package. It has a maximum payload of 2,120 pounds.

In addition to the hybrid engine, Ford offers four other power plants, including its 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel V6. All engines come standard with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

F-150 Hybrid buyers get Pro Power Onboard, a generator, standard on their vehicle. It is capable of exporting 2.4 kilowatts of power via outlets in the cabin and cargo box. Buyers can upgrade to the optional 7.2-kilowatt output, which provides up to 18 times more exportable power than the nearest competitor.

The 2021 F-150 has been shipped to dealerships across the U.S. and will be handed over to buyers this month. It is is assembled at the Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Michigan and Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri.

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Lincoln will not make a performance variant to compete with Cadillac.

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TheLincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade have been duking it out at the top of luxury SUV rankings for decades, but there’s one area of the Caddy’s development that Lincoln won’t touch. In a recent interview, a company executive told Ford Authority that it has no plans to create a performance variant of the Navigator to compete with the upcoming Escalade V from Cadillac.

2022 Lincoln NavigatorThe new Navigator features several upscale touches and excellent tech. Lincoln

That means the Navigator will stick with the powertrain it’s carried for years, which is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a smooth ten-speed automatic and either rear- or four-wheel drive. While there’s more than enough power to get the hulking Lincoln moving, it’s not a powertrain that inspires excitement or engagement, and though beefy, it’s tuned much more for comfort and quietness than drama.

Though more than adequate, those specs are a far cry from the numbers we expect from the Escalade V. The full-size bruiser from Cadillac is expected to get a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, similar to the unit seen in the CT5-V Blackwing and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. We don’t know power numbers yet, but the engine should deliver horsepower and torque numbers in the high 600s.

Cadillac Escalade VThe Escalade V will be massively powerful. Cadillac

That Lincoln is taking a different approach isn’t surprising. The automaker has already announced its intention to go all-electric, so pouring more time and resources into creating a performance gas-powered SUV isn’t in line with its goals. Company executives have also expressed a desire to avoid imitating rivals, so the decision to leave a performance Navigator behind is not surprising.

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First-year Ford F-150 Lightning production numbers doubled
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Ford has begun serial production of the new F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck, marking what could be one of the most important days in recent automotive history. The first trucks rolled off the assembly line at Ford's Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Michigan today, so America's best-selling truck has finally gone electric. Ford wants to sell two million EVs per year by 2026 and have half of its global sales volume to be electric by 2030.

Ford F-150 LightningPast meets future: Ford's new electric pickup will be the F-150 Lightningautomotivemap.com

Ford has seen extreme demand for the trucks, with 200,000 reservations since the books opened. To deliver, the automaker plans to increase production to an annual rate of 150,000 units by next year, which involved huge investments in the Rouge Center and created hundreds of jobs. Ford's total investment for the F-150 Lightning crests $1 billion across Michigan alone, and has created 1,700 jobs across various facilities in the state.

Ford F-150 LightningThe first production trucks left the factory today.
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Though the Lightning starts around $40,000, the most mainstream models will cost much more than that. The F-150 Lightning Pro, while affordable, is a stripped-down truck intended for commercial buyers. It's still a forward-looking electric truck with amazing capabilities, but it lacks much of the creature comforts and features that everyday drivers expect. Higher trims get the latest driver assistance features, including BlueCruise, which is Ford's semi-autonomous hands-free driving assistant. A 12-inch touchscreen is standard, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and more.

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