Most of the carmakers are focusing strongly on hybrid and electric vehicle segment and it is not only for sedans and SUVs. The major car makers are also focusing on making their popular pickup trucks hybrid and electric in next few years. Ford, which is a top player in pickup segment is all set to launch a model 2019 Ford F-150 Hybrid in near future.
This trend has been fueled by Tesla announcing about its electric pickup model.
2019 Ford F-150 Hybrid developments
At the recently held 2018 Detroit auto show, Ford announced its ambitious plan to launch a hybrid variant of popular F-150 light duty truck. This is going to be the first ever hybrid truck in this lineup. Possibly the move was fueled by FCA adding a mild hybrid setup in the new Ram 1500 range.
However, Ford is going to adopt a new approach to market the upcoming hybrid edition of F-150. It will focus as much on versatility and utility of the truck as on the fuel economy offered by the powertrain. The large onboard battery pack will enable users to operate power tools and offer a source of energy at home during a blackout-for example.
2019 Ford F-150 Hybrid Design Rumors
Exterior styling wise the upcoming Ford F-150 hybrid will not look much different than the fuel based siblings. The body and muscular look will be there and the truck will have a body with a mixture of high strength steel and aluminum. This is for weight reduction. The cabin will also be similar to regular F-150 variants.
The 2019 Ford F-150 Hybrid will have enough advanced safety features. It will also be equipped with the latest iteration of Ford Sync 3 infotainment.
2019 Ford F-150 Hybrid Engine Details
The 2019 Ford F-150 hybrid will be one of the upcoming 40 electrified vehicles made by the US car giant. It will be released along with the first ever diesel variant of F-150 truck. The battery in the upcoming F-150 hybrid will be capable enough to power many tools apart from the engine itself.
So, this will appeal to wider range of buyers in long run. However, Ford is not going to eliminate the pure internal combustion option. Ford showed a video featuring hybrid prototype which was powering TV during power cut.
Output and Transmission
The output of the engine is unknown at this moment. It is unclear whether the hybrid version will have same towing capacity and payload as regular versions. However, it is likely that will come with the company’s new 10-speed automatic transmission gearbox, made in alliance with GM.
2019 Ford F-150 Hybrid Price and Development
The pricing of the 2019 Ford F-150 Hybrid is not clear but it is likely that it will be priced a tad higher than the regular trims. It is likely that Ford will launch this version in late 2019.
Summing it up
The upcoming 2019 Ford F-150 Hybrid is an exciting truck which will help the company appeal to wider range of buyers. The truck will have a capable hybrid engine, top safety tech and latest amenities. Its success will also depend on pricing.