F-150 Hybrid Could Be More Powerful than the Raptor
Fuel-sipping F-150 could offer 450 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque with the new Aviator drivetrain.
Ford Motor Company shocked the world last week when they introduced the 2020 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring; a hybrid sport utility vehicle with a combined output of at least 450 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque. That should make the hybrid Aviator very quick, but more importantly, it would make for a pretty incredible truck engine.
We know that Ford is working on a hybrid F-150 and the folks at The Fast Lane Truck have wondered whether or not the Aviator hybrid drive could be power plant for the new electric-assisted half-ton pickup. If it is, it could be one amazing truck, offering more power than the Raptor and possibly better fuel economy than any truck in the segment.
The 2020 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring will be powered by a 3.0-liter twin turbocharged V6 gasoline engine that is mated to an electric hybrid assist motor. The gasoline engine delivers 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque and Lincoln representatives have stated that the hybrid assist system will deliver somewhere in the area of 50 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque.
Ultimately, with the help of the new 10-speed automatic transmission, the Lincoln SUV is promised to pack at least 450 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque. That will make it one of the stronger vehicles in the SUV world while likely being one of the most engaging hybrid SUVs to drive, but is the Motor Company really only going to use that engine in the slower-selling Lincoln models?
We think not, and the next vehicle that could benefit from this power plant is the Ford F-150.
Fuel Economy and Big Power
Right now, the strongest engine in the F-150 lineup is the Raptor-specific, high output 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 which delivers 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. A 3.0-liter EcoBoost engine mated to an electric hybrid assist system with 450 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque would offer more torque, but it would likely also make for sharper acceleration.
Most hybrid drivetrain systems are designed to add instant torque while the gasoline engine is getting wound up to its peak power levels. While reaching 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque, the Raptor takes a second for the engine and turbochargers to get up to speed, but with an electric hybrid assist system, the torque would kick in much sooner, even if only at lower levels.
As a result, the hybrid F-150 with the Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring drivetrain could actually be quicker than the Raptor while also offering better fuel economy numbers.