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Ford F-150 hybrid spotted testing in Michigan

Ford F-150 hybrid spotted testing in Michigan
Santosh Nair Santosh Nair Tuesday 24 January 2017, 14:56 PM

A partially camouflaged F-150 test mule was spotted in Michigan, and this confirms Ford’s intention to introduce the hybrid version by the year 2020.

The hybrid system has been undergoing tests for quite some time now, however, the plug-in capability of this test mule is now obvious through the charging point on the camouflaged fender. Also, this test car can be seen with a visibly slimmer track when compared to the current F-150. Rumours state that this version may have been designed with narrower axles to keep the weight to a minimum, so that the hybrid powerplant can pull the weight of this truck easily at lower rpms.

From what our sources heard, it is almost certain that the engine note from this F-150 hybrid test mule was of a four-cylinder engine (instead of a V6). Ford may power this truck with the 2.3-litre 310bhp Ecoboost motor coupled to an electric powerplant. Reports also stated that the test car was able to quickly accelerate in both city and highway conditions.

Stay tuned to CarTrade for more news in the months to come.

 

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