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  • 2021 Ford F-150: Goodbye Raptor SuperCab, Hello Hybrid?

2021 Ford F-150: Goodbye Raptor SuperCab, Hello Hybrid?

VIN decoder hints at what’s coming—and not coming—to the 2021 F-150 model line.

Apr 9, 2020

A VIN decoder for the 2021 Ford F-150, which depicts what each number or letter in a VIN means, has revealed three interesting tidbits about Ford's reworked pickup. Notably, the information pertains specifically to F-150s powered by gasoline, electric, and diesel "fuels."

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Kicking things off is that the VIN decoder has a specific line item for the four-door Raptor SuperCrew, but not for the funky half-door Raptor SuperCab. Is Ford dropping the Raptor SuperCab for 2021? Considering the brand lists Regular, SuperCab, and SuperCrew 4x2 and 4x4 F-150 configurations—and a SuperCrew-Raptor—as body style configurations for the 2021 F-150, it seems the decision to forgo a line item for a Raptor SuperCab may not be a mistake.

Furthermore, the VIN decoder chart seems to confirm that there will be a 2021 Ford F-150 with a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain option. We don't know the details of the powertrain; however, it seems the F-150 hybrid will rely on a combination of a 3.5-liter V-6 engine and an electric motor for motivation.

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Finally, the VIN decoder is noticeably missing horsepower figures for the truck's turbo-diesel 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. Is this the result of some pending finalization, or is Ford looking to up the ante of its diesel-drinking engine, which currently produces 250 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque? After all, the 2020 Ram 1500 Ec0Diesel's six-cylinder engine puts out 260 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque, and the 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500's diesel engine puts out 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. If we've learned anything from the heavy-duty truck wars, we know Ford is accustomed to being at the top of the power pyramid--not the bottom. We'd be surprised if the Blue Oval isn't looking to find an additional 30 horses and lb-ft of twist from the F-150's diesel engine.

We expect to know more about the reworked 2021 F-150 in the coming months. Nevertheless, if this VIN decoder is anything to go by, then expect the Raptor SuperCab to disappear, a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine to join the lineup, and the truck's available diesel engine to add extra oomph.
Source: www.newf150forum.com

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