We already knew that the 2021 Ford F-150 was going to feature the most powerful and capable drivetrain lineup in the model’s illustrious history. What we didn’t know was exactly how powerful and capable it would be. That wait is finally over, however, as Ford released all of the numbers we’ve been pining to know this morning, and the most notable piece of information relates to the all-new Ford F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid.
Ford’s 3.5L PowerBoost V6 is the new king of the proverbial Ford F-150 hill, producing 430 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of torque – the most torque ever in an F-150. It also edges out its non-hybrid counterpart, Ford’s 3.5L EcoBoost V6, which is now rated at 400 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque – gains of 25 horsepower and 30 pound-feet over the outgoing model.
Interestingly, despite its power advantage, the Ford F-150 PowerBoost carries lower payload and towing capacity ratings than the non-hybrid 3.5L EcoBoost powerplant. The PowerBoost comes with a max payload rating of 2,120 pounds, while the EcoBoost can carry up to 3,250 pounds. In terms of towing, the EcoBoost is rated at a maximum of 14,000 pounds, while the PowerBoost will pull up to 12,700 pounds.
The PowerBoost’s ratings were achieved with a Crew Cab 4×2 model with 6.5 foot box, while the 3.5L EcoBoost achieves its max numbers in SuperCab configuration with an 8 foot box and SuperCrew 4×2 with the Max Trailer Tow Package.
The 3.5’s max tow rating is up a whopping 800 pounds over the existing 2020 model, which makes it the most capable light-duty pickup on the market in that regard. Despite its second-place finish, the PowerBoost’s payload and towing capacity ratings are the highest of any full hybrid pickup currently on the market.