Ford’s diesel F-150 promises some really high fuel economy numbers, but it won’t be the most efficient because the car manufacturer currently works on a plug-in hybrid model as well. A prototype of the semi-electric pickup truck has been spied for the first time, but the production-ready version should be introduced sometime in 2019 as the 2020 Ford F-150 plug-in hybrid.
The prototype we spied features is camouflaged over the front fenders only, which is a clear sign that there might be a charge port somewhere under. Moreover, when we looked more closely, we managed to see some flaps on the camo, which is a reason more to believe there is a socket for plugging.
Our spies are pretty sure that the sound of the engine belongs to a four-cylinder mill. This gotta be Mustang’s amazing 2.3-liter engine that currently produces 310 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque. Now, we can’t say anything more precise about the hybrid powertrain. However, Ford CEO Mark Fields announced earlier that the 2020 Ford F-150 hybrid will offer powerful towing and payload capacity, so it should get a powerful electric motor or motors as well. He also suggested that the future pickup truck could serve as a mobile generator, which necessarily means that there will be a big battery pack somewhere beneath the floor.
We can’t really say whether would Blue Oval name the upcoming pickup the F-150 Energy or F-150 Hybrid, but we know it will be produced at truck’s plant in Dearborn, Michigan. Except in the United States, the 2020 Ford F-150 plug-in hybrid will be also available in the Middle East.