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Will The 3.5L EcoBoost V6 H.O. Return In The 2021 Ford F-150 After All?

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When the 2021 Ford F-150 was revealed a while back, there was one thing in particular that we noticed missing from its engine lineup – the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 H.O. In the 13th generation F-150, the high-output version of the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 was standard equipment in both the Ford F-150 Limited and the F-150 Raptor.

Now, however, Ford Authority is hearing that the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 H.O. will in fact be making a comeback, potentially later on for the 2021 model year. No word on what sort of horsepower or torque it might offer, but the regular 3.5L EcoBoost V6 in the 2021 F-150 is rated at 400 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque.

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Meanwhile, the outgoing version of the high-output 3.5 produces 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque, which was a significant boost over the old, regular 3.5L EcoBoost, which was rated at 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque.

While the high-output 3.5 was the proverbial king of the hill on the 13th gen F-150, that spot is currently occupied by the 3.5L PowerBoost V6 in the 2021 model. That hybrid powertrain produces 430 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of torque.

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It isn’t clear which models or trim levels the new H.O. might wind up powering, but it’s possible that it will serve as the base engine for the next-generation F-150 Raptor. As Ford Authority recently reported, the forthcoming Raptor will be getting two engine options, with the top-level choice being a slightly detuned version of Ford’s supercharged 5.2L Predator V8, which is currently used in the 2020 Ford Mustang GT500.

When the next-gen Raptor will arrive, however, is currently unclear. It’s possible that the pickup will launch toward the end of the 2021 model year, or it could skip it and launch as a 2022 model.

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We’ll have more on this as soon as it’s available, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford F-Series news, Ford F-150 news, and continuous Ford news coverage.

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Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. If FORD is smart it will some customers been wanting a V8 other customers are ok with the 3.5V6. Options are great build both because everyone don’t want to pay the price for the V8 model

  2. I own a 2014 Tremor a one year only f-150 model I have a fx4 with the twin turbo v6 and I wish it had a twin turbo v8 in it I love the truck and get tons of compliments on it H.O. 302 twin turbo now we’re talking . ! 👍

  3. Yes. They are producing both trucks. Anyone who thinks they were doing only a supercharged v8 is an idiot. That would be a 100k truck they aren’t going to abandoned a 70k market.

  4. Im guessing FoMoCo is redesigning the fuel injection system on the Ecoboost GDI, trying to solve all the issues they have created with something they rushed to market.
    I have close to 30 year’s as a mechanic on fleets, light, medium and heavy.
    Currently I work for a city on their fleet which includes Police units.
    The Dura rec and Ecoboost engines require more maintenance time and are down more often than (I hate to say it)
    our Dodge Ram Pickups and SUVs.
    I always tell people who ask me for advice
    ” Don’t buy anyone’s 1st-year release, wait for the 3 or 4th year when most defects are worked out..”
    I use the to be a Blue Oval guy, not so much anymore.
    The last F series I liked was in the 90s
    My wife has an 11 F350 6.7 Powerjoke
    Last car they made that I liked enough to own was an 05 Shelby Mustang.
    Even though my wife is from Europe, I still don’t like their cars or Ford for copying everything they do.

    • Richard, I assume you are aware that for the 2017 model year Ford modified the 3.5 EcoBoost by adding multiport fuel injection to the existing direct injection? For the 2018 model year all F-150 engines including the non-turbo V6 and V8 engines began using a similar dual fuel injection system. That means all F-150 engines now have double the number of injectors which not only increased the power output of those engines but it also means that the intake tract is no longer a “dry” system which should reduce the possibility of carbon buildup, especially on the intake valves.

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