New Ford F-150 Coming In 2020 With A Hybrid Powertrain

Ford’s teaser images were the highlight of today’s future product announcement but they were just a small portion of the overall presentation.

Besides teasing the Bronco and Mustang Shelby GT500, Ford revealed it will have “North America’s freshest lineup” by 2020 as more than 75 percent of its current portfolio will be replaced. The company will also add four new trucks and SUVs such as the Ranger. Ford says this massive overhaul will see the “average showroom age” of its models drop from 5.7 years to just 3.3 years.

On the truck side, Ford will introduce the new F-Series Super Duty next year and it will be sold alongside the Ranger. One year later, the automaker will introduce the new F-150.

Little is known about the redesigned truck but Ford has previously said 90 percent of the manufacturing equipment used to make the current F-150 can be reused for the next-generation model. The automaker also confirmed the truck will have a hybrid powertrain which enables the model to act as a mobile generator for powering tools and other equipment.

On the crossover and SUV side, the Blue Oval will have an “industry-leading lineup of eight SUVs” by 2020. Five of these models will be offered with a hybrid powertrain, while one will be a battery electric vehicle. As we reported in our previous article, Ford will introduce the next-generation Escape and Explorer next year. They will be joined by the Bronco in 2020 and an “off-road small utility” which looks like it could be a Jeep Renegade or Compass competitor.

Ford will also be going “all-in on hybrids” as the fuel-saving tech will be offered on high-volume models including the Bronco, Escape, Explorer, Mustang and F-150. Ford wasn’t ready to go into specifics but said the Mustang Hybrid will be “all about delivering V8-like performance with more low-end torque.”

The automaker went on to say its first “performance battery electric utility” will arrive in 2020. It will be one of six electric vehicles introduced by 2022.

Speaking of electric vehicles, Ford’s Sherif Marakby said “Throwing a charger in the trunk of a vehicle and sending customers on their way isn’t enough to help promote the viability of electric vehicles.” He went on to say Ford is “redesigning the ownership experience to ensure it addresses customer pain points that currently hold back broad adoption today.” That’s not very informative but Ford said their electric vehicles will have an “effortless” recharging system and over-the-air software updates to “enhance capability and features.”

On the commercial side, Ford will introduce a new Transit with 4G LTE connectivity next year. The company will also expand the E-Series lineup and offer modern driver assistance systems – such as automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and a driver alert system – on models such as the E-Series, F-650 and F-750.

Despite launching a handful of new and redesigned models, Ford intends to cut costs by using flexible architectures and more common parts. The company plans to have five flexible architectures – body-on-frame, front-wheel-drive unibody, rear-wheel-drive unibody, commercial van unibody and BEV – and says “70% of each vehicle’s engineering will be driven from this new architecture approach.” The remaining 30% – such as “grilles, hoods, doors and more” – will be unique to each vehicle.

Lastly, Ford will be rolling out its Co-Pilot360 suite of driver assistance systems to global markets starting this fall. The company says it’s the “most advanced suite of standard driver-assist technologies among full-line brands” and will include automatic emergency braking, a blind spot warning system, lane keeping assist, a rearview camera and automatic high-beam headlights.

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  • LWOAP

    Hybrid pickup trucks

    Hybrid supercars

    Hybrid hypercars.

    …..a hybrid hot hatch too if the rumor turns out to be true.

    The world has changed a lot, hasn’t it?

  • MarketAndChurch

    Can’t wait for the Hybrid Escape.

    • gregsfc

      Better yet; I’d rather escape from a hybrid

  • pjl35

    What? The Super Duty was all-new for 2017…meaning it’s only two years old. And a new one is coming out in 2019…ahead of the F-150 that was new for 2015? That makes absolutely zero sense.

    • James Denz

      It makes perfect sense since this segment has become so competitive. Ford wants and needs the F150 to remain the best selling vehicle in the US and to do that, Ford needs constant updates, improvements, and redesigns coming.

      • pjl35

        My comment was about the Super Duty, not about the F-150. And, no, it does not make perfect sense to claim an all-new vehicle is about to debut (Super Duty) when an all-new model is only in it’s second model year right now.

  • smartacus

    …and still no RWD compact sedan or hatch.

  • gregsfc

    Okay; hybrid, but what does hybrid mean anymore. Will it have a motor or just a mild hybrid that operates a more fancy start stop system like what Ram is doing? That’s like my 2007 Saturn Aura that is plenty reliable but does next to nothing for mpg unless I’m in heavy traffic Will an F150 hybrid get better mpg than the dominance of F150 has already, we’ll it cost thousands more, and if it does get better mpg, how much better mpg? and if it get much better, and to what end, because Ford already dominates the mpg arena, and no one even mentions it. No one but me that is…

    Ford took off last Fall and left everyone far behind with respect to mpg; increased their lead this Spring, and not a single mention of it in the auto media, and Ford doesn’t even tout their dominance themselves, but the following is just how far ahead they’ve gotten with respect to mpg and the F150 versus the competition: They lead the half-ton segment with respect to mpg with gas powered engines; it’s been this way for all of 2018 when they reworked three gas engines and mated to of them to the 10 speeds, but yet it’s hardly got a mention from anyone. Their best mpg gas power train is not just number one for the entire segment of gas power trains, but their number 2 is number two overall for gas power trains from all brands; and their number 3 is number three overall. What does this mean? This means that the Ford F150 with a 2.7L Ecoboost gets the top mpg score for all gas-powered half-ton pickups at 20/26/22 and that’s with 400 ft-lb of torque at only 2750 RPM, yet no one bothers to tell us that F150 has the best score in the segment. Moreover, their base V6 is second place for all half-ton gas powered pickups at 19/25/22; and their 3.5L Ecoboost with 470 ft-lb torque @ 3500 RPM comes in 3rd place, beat only by only their own other power trains; better than any other gas power train in any other truck including the competitions’ base V6s, but yet no one cares or bothers talking about how they have dominated the mpg field lately; not even Ford bothers to tell us how far ahead they’ve been. But it goes further than that; pun intended. Not only do their gas power trains come in 1st, 2nd and 3rd and have for almost a year, but since June their new Power Stroke diesel leads all mpg scores including other diesels; and their V8 has led all V8 mpg scores for about a year for EPA estimates, and only recently has the 2019 Silverado with their V8 (only the fancier one version mated to an 8-speed sold at higher price points) come up to match Ford F150’s V8. So beginning June 2018, the F150 has had the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th place power trains for fuel economy in a half-ton pickup and the best V8; only the Ram Ecodiesel breaks out in the middle of their dominance, and it’s been banned for part of the year and has been downgraded to 20/27/23; only barely beating out Ford’s 2.7L gas engine; but now we’re supposedly supposed to begin to care about fuel economy because they’re going to have a hybrid. I don’t get it. Hybrid is just a word. How about something like inline downsize turbos that will be cheap enough to replace naturally-aspirated power trains without charging us a premium for them and still great mpg. Now that would be news. Something like a 3.0L I4 to replace the base V6 with equal power and much more torque and even better mpg. A 3.2 I6 to replace the 2.7L Ecoboost with equal or better power, more torque, cheaper premium and equal or better mpg; and a 4.0L I6 to replace the 3.5L Ecoboost with better performance and capability than the already class-leading 3.5L Ecoboost; that’s cheaper and equal mpg. Now all of that would be news; but a hybrid; really? What does hybrid really mean?

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