Will Ford Give the Beloved F-150 a Hybrid Engine?
Powerhouse trucks like the 2015 Ford F-150 have always been first for muscle, but they’ve seldom been noted their fuel efficiency, but all that is about to change. Ford has indicated a move towards a hybrid engine, which could cut vehicle emissions and save Naperville drivers money.
A Revolutionary Change
Ford’s product development chief Raj Nair reportedly indicated that the company is “working very hard” to deliver a hybrid powertrain for upcoming F-150 models. Nair also talked about the possibility of a diesel engine. He remarked that a hybrid could pay for itself faster, but promised to heed the wishes of the public if demand for a diesel f-150 is strong.
At River View Ford, we think this could represent a fantastic step forward for truck buyers, who wouldn’t have to keep quite so close an eye on fuel prices. We’re eager to hear more!
Complementing Previous Efforts
Anyone who thinks Ford might not commit to the new engine should think again — this is the same company that revolutionized the 2015 Ford F-150 with an innovative aluminum-alloy body.
That change shaved up to 700 pounds from the vehicle. A dramatic loss in anyone’s eyes, this resulted in improved towing and payload capacities, an enhanced power-to-weight ratio, better responsiveness and handling, and, of course, better fuel economy. Even with all of those improvements, the exceptional engineering of the bodywork means that the F-150 is stronger than ever.
EcoBoost or Hybrid?
A hybrid engine makes sense when you stop to consider Ford’s outstanding commitment to efficiency, which is noticeable even in the current engines. Two EcoBoost engines are available with the 2015 model: a 2.7L V6 and a 3.5L V6.
These turbocharged engines are able to deliver the high degree of power and torque that a truck like this demands, while at the same time achieving great efficiency and a lower level of emissions. These engines are so effective that Ford has traditionally seen them as an alternative to diesel or hybrid technologies, so it will be interesting to see how this relationship plays out in the future.
Drive the 2015 Ford F-150 at River View Ford
For more information about a possible hybrid F-150, keep checking back with us here at River View Ford, conveniently located near both Plainfield and Naperville. Alternatively, drop by our dealership and check out the 2015 Ford F-150.