The number one selling vehicle in North America, the Ford F-150, will get hybrid version by 2020, possibly making it the only pickup truck to have one.
In an interview with , Ford CEO Mark Fields confirmed that the Dearborn carmaker is in the process of building a hybridized F150.
General Motors was the first mainstream automaker to offer hybrid pickup-trucks when it launched the GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid models in the mid-2000s. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a market for such vehicles back then and hybrid tech was still in its infancy.
Nearly a decade later, Ford is looking to popularize the segment with the highly-successful F150, with technological advancements potentially making it possible for them to produce a more energy-efficient and affordable model than GM’s initial efforts.
Hybrid technology has been a priority for the company ever since their global production development chief, Raj Nair, said more hybrid SUVs and possibly a hybrid truck would be released 2020. It seems they will hold true to their promise.
2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty Can Tow Up To 37,000 Pounds (16,800 Kg)
The company is claiming the ‘king of towing’ title.
Ford has announced the towing and payload figures for the 2020 F-Series Super Duty lineup, and they are impressive.
Trucks equipped with the 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel engine have maximum gooseneck towing of up to 37,000 pounds (16,782 kg), maximum fifth-wheel towing of 32,500 pounds (14,741 kg), and maximum conventional towing of 24,200 pounds (10,976 kg), all of which are best in class.
The 6.7L diesel V8 produces 475 horsepower and 1,050 lb-ft. of torque, making it the most powerful diesel engine that Ford has ever built.
For those who prefer a gasoline mill instead, there is also a 7.3-liter V8 that makes 430 horsepower and 475 lb-ft. of torque, offering best-in-class power in the gasoline segment.
Finally, the base 6.2-liter engine puts out 385 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque. It’s not the most powerful engine, but it nevertheless achieves a segment-leading payload rating of 7,850 pounds (3,560 kg).
“To put the capability of Super Duty into perspective, its maximum available towing figure means a properly configured F-450 could tow about as much weight as 31 American quarter horses at 1,200 pounds,” Ford stated. “That is one big trailer.”
2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Does 0-100-0 mph in 10.6 seconds
The new Shelby GT500 is a beast, but you probably already knew that.
Ford has released more 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 performance details, with the most impressive being that it can go from 0-100-0 mph in only 10.6 seconds.
In other words, this monster can accelerate from 0 to 100 mph (161 km/h) and then brake to a complete stop in under 11 seconds without skipping a beat.
Power for the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 comes from a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 engine that produces 760 horsepower and 625 ft.-lb. of torque. A Tremec seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that can upshift as quick as 80 milliseconds sends all that power to the rear wheels, allowing for some serious acceleration. There are five drive modes that Ford says provides “ultra-smooth road shifts in normal mode to forceful powershifts in drag mode.”
The Mustang Shelby GT500 is also able to stop on a dime thanks to massive 16.5-inch front rotors, which Ford says are the largest placed on a domestic sports coupe.
Pricing for the ‘most powerful street-legal Ford ever made’ starts at $73,995 in the United States.
Watch The Electric Ford F-150 Pull Over 1 Million Pounds
The electric F-150 will be built “Ford tough” and shouldn’t have any problem with power.
Ford has posted a video highlighting the pulling power of its all-electric F-150 prototype.
The video shows the electric F-150 tow 10 double-decker rail cars and 42 2019 F-150s, with a combined weight of more than 1 million pounds (453,592 kg).
“Ford has confirmed it will bring an all-electric F-150 to market,” the company stated. “This will be in addition to the all-new F-150 Hybrid that goes on sale next year. Both electrified models will have the toughness, capability, and innovation that F-150 customers have come to expect.”
The F-150 Hybrid will go on sale sometime in 2020, but the precise timing for the electric F-150 remains unclear. Exact specs are also under wraps, but we do know Ford’s workhorse will be “built Ford tough.”