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There will be splashier new-model debuts this year, but there will be none larger, or more vital. The 2021 Ford F-150 has actually just rolled under the klieg lights at an unique occasion with host Denis Leary on Thursday, and its time to take a closer look. When Americas most recent full-size pickup rolls into dealerships this fall, it will inherit not only the title of Americas best-selling truck for 43 straight years, it will likewise presume the mantle of being one of this countrys chief economic drivers, automobile or otherwise. No pressure.

It might not look it, however the 2021 Ford F-150 is a closet revolutionary.
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In the move from todays design to this new 14th-generation truck, Fords designers have delivered one of the more conservative visual overhauls weve seen out of the F-Series lineup in decades. Whether youre a professional specialist or somebody who likes to play tough on weekends, Ford is hoping youll discover something new here that you like. Even if youre not a typical truck fan, you may be interested to find out about how this new pickup sets the technological table for Fords coming Tesla Cybertruck competitor, the all-electric F-150, due at some point in 2022.
2021 Ford F-150 looks familiar, however just on the surface

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2021 Ford F-150 aims to be the brand-new employer Lets start with the basics: Most of the F-150s ladder-frame chassis rollovers unchanged, and together with it, the lions share of the F-150s measurements and total footprint, along with cabin and bed specifications. The brand-new truck has a slightly broader track and larger readily available wheels (up to 22 inches!) for a more planted position, however the shadow it casts will be very similar to todays truck. All cabin and box configurations return, as do all major trim levels– XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum and Limited (a brand-new Raptor will come later on). Despite your most likely preliminary impressions, every single sheet metal panel is new. This is a handsome truck, and Ford didnt require to transform the outgoing designs look from entire cloth (specifically in view of the truck markets often-conservative buyers). In advance, theres a bolder grille bookended by headlamps laid out by oversized C-clamp-shaped daytime running lights that extend into the bumper, a design theme echoed in the taillights as well. The new truck figures to be slipperier also, incorporating not only active grille shutters that close at speed, however likewise an automatically deployed front air dam that decreases at 40 miles per hour to improve aerodynamics (the latter withdraws out of the way at low speeds to work out off-road tracks and rogue parking barriers). Out back, youll discover coordinating C-clamp-shaped taillamps and a technique brand-new multifunction tailgate. While the latter does not have the elegant multi-directional hinging found on some competing GM and Ram trucks, this brand-new tailgate has a lot of baked-in cleverness, consisting of a brand-new flat work surface area that incorporates a tablet holder, ruler, clamp mounts and new tie-down rings that double as bottle screw. If nothing else, this more uncomplicated technique is certainly less complicated, costly and heavy than the Chevy Silverado 1500s MultiPro system and the Ram 1500s 60/40-split option.

2021 Ford F-150 vs. 2020 Ford F-150

2021 Ford F-150

2020 Ford F-150

Engines

3.3-liter V6

3.3-liter V6

2.7-liter twin-turbo V6

2.7-liter twin-turbo V6

3.0-liter turbo-diesel V6

3.0-liter turbo-diesel V6

3.5-liter twin-turbo V6

3.5-liter twin-turbo V6

3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 hybrid

5.0-liter V8

5.0-liter V8

Transmissions

10-speed auto

6-speed auto

10-speed vehicle

Drivelines

Two-wheel drive

Two-wheel drive

4×4

4×4

Optimum towing

TBD

13,200 pounds

Maximum payload

TBD

3,270 pounds

Length (Crew Cab, 2WD).

231.7 in.

231.9 in.

Width (Crew Cab, 2WD).

79.9 in.

79.9 in.

Height (Crew Cab, 2WD).

75.6 in.

75.6 in.

Wheelbase (Crew Cab, 2WD).

145.4 in.

145.0 in.

This tailgate includes C-clamp slots, tie-down cleats, a tablet holder and even bottle openers.
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EcoBoost and PowerBoost hybrid drivetrains, oh my! When you surpass examining the F-150s make over, if youre a normal truck buyer, youre going to wish to know whats under the hood. Ford says most output specifications like torque, fuel and horsepower performance will come later on, along with payload and tow scores. For now, we do know the engine lineup. Theres a lot of carryover here, too, including naturally aspirated 3.3-liter V6 and 5.0-liter V8 alternatives, in addition to the companys popular 2.7-liter and 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6s. The 3.0-liter V6 PowerStroke returns for diesel purchasers. All F-150 models get 10-speed automatic transmissions. The big news, obviously, is the F-150s new PowerBoost hybrid powertrain. Piggybacking off of Fords existing 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, this is the markets first full hybrid pickup (Rams eTorque is a less-powerful mild hybrid). The system integrates a single 35-kilowatt (47-horsepower) electrical motor into the transmission real estate backed by a liquid-cooled, 1.5-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. This isnt a plug-in hybrid system, its a self-contained, self-charging offer that incorporates a belt-driven starter. PowerBoost will be available in all trims, in both four-wheel-drive and two-wheel-drive configurations. Ford has actually detailed some substantial PowerBoost performance targets, including upwards of 12,000 pounds of max hauling capability, best-in-class horse power and torque figures, and a leg-crossing variety of 700 miles per tank. Surprisingly, todays 2020 F-150 can tow approximately 13,200 pounds with its 375-hp, 470-lb-ft, 3.5-liter EcoBoost powertrain, so its unclear if the brand-new PowerBoost hybrid will outshine its gas-only counterpart in hauling metrics the way it likely will in the miles-per-gallon column. Whether youre into trucks or not, its worth keeping in mind that even if PowerBoost sales only comprise a fairly little percentage of the F-150s yearly sales volume, its possible that this tech might have a larger effect on Americas total fuel consumption than any other brand-new vehicle, consisting of electrics. Thats in part because full-size trucks are so thirsty by nature, and partly since Ford offers so lots of– the automaker shifted almost 900,000 systems last year. (For a more detailed take a look at how the 2021 Ford F-150 stacks up against rivals like the Chevy Silverado, Ram 1500 and Toyota Tundra, take a look at our contrast feature.) Pro Power OnBoard can power an entire little construction website, or a killer tailgate celebration.
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F-150 replaces need for generator with Pro Power Onboard PowerBoost likewise permits for a high-power variation of Pro Power Onboard, an optional brand-new power inverter that might change owners requirement to carry loud, dirty and heavy generators to task sites and campgrounds. Heck, it might even work as a backup generator for your house when the power heads out. Pro Power Onboard is an integrated generator that supplies approximately 7.2 kilowatts of power from a series of outlets installed both in the cab and in the bed. In the case of the hybrid truck, those ports take the form of 4 bedside-mounted 120-volt, 20-amp outlets, with a single 240-volt, 30-amp outlet for big equipment. With the 7.2-kW system, Ford says you can power a 12-inch miter saw, a circular saw, a hammer drill, a half-horsepower air compressor, flood lights and a gang battery charger, all at the very same time. If youre very little for construction however you like to play hard on weekends, Ford states PPO can charge a full bed-load of electric motorcycles. You can even energize the batteries of your tools, computers and toys while on the relocation. While we expect that a great deal of conventional pickup buyers– specifically fleet purchasers– may be reluctant at the idea of purchasing a hybrid car, special, useful functions like Pro Power Onboard might help convert reluctant purchasers. And for those who actually dont want hybrid power, you can still option a lower-power PPO system with 2.0 kW of power. Thats sufficient juice to all at once power an electrical heating unit, a TELEVISION, a small refrigerator, a blender and portable speakers for tailgate celebrations. Its readily available on both the gas-only EcoBoost and naturally aspirated engine designs. Regardless of which PPO system is fitted to your truck, you can manage it through the FordPass app, in addition to a lot of other functions including automobile locator, remote locking, HVAC controls and a brand-new multizone lighting system.

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2021 Ford F-150 has a reconfigurable interior While arguably not as far off the rate as the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra, todays 2020 F-150 has clearly fallen behind Rams 1500 in the cabin-niceness sweepstakes. Ford appears to have done the trick, with interior highlights that include a brand new control panel with more-premium products, brand-new storage areas, significant upgrades in tech and a couple of party tricks. The new F-150s most unexpected new feature is certainly its available stowable gearshift lever.
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Sync 4 with wireless CarPlay, Android Auto and OTA Also on the tech front, Fords next-generation Sync 4 infotainment exists. Even low-end designs get an 8-inch center screen, a huge upgrade from todays 4.2-inch system. In addition to improved processing power and improved natural voice acknowledgment, it features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The latter combinations are even wireless on the premium 12-inch-screen setup that comes standard on higher-trim XLT designs and above. The latter likewise features a matching reconfigurable 12-inch digital gauge cluster with some impressive-looking animations.Along with the rest of the trucks electronic devices, Sync 4 likewise permits for over-the-air updates. That implies customers will be able to not only get the current navigation maps, however also download new features, bug spots, powertrain updates, and so on. In fact, Ford is currently telegraphing one significant upgrade that it will offer in the third quarter of 2021: Active Drive Assist. F-150 will get Active Drive Assist hands-free driving Active Drive Assist is a Level 2 hands-free driving system thats geofenced to be utilized on divided highways that have been HD mapped. Ford says there are over 100,000 miles of these streets readily available in the United States and Canada. This eyes-on, hands-off system features a driver-facing camera that tracks eye and head motion to guarantee theyre still paying attention. This is not self-governing drive tech, its a partly automated drive assistant for easing commutes, particularly bumper-to-bumper traffic. Ford has yet to launch more information about the system, including its maximum functional speed and how the system manages an inattentive motorist, but more details will likely be revealed as this systems availability approaches. Yep, you can most likely still get an over-the-air update level here.
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Buyers interested in Active Drive Assist on their F-150 will have to pay for a prep set up front– the latter packages hardware that makes it possible for another new safety feature, Intersection Assist, which assists chauffeurs avoid errantly pulling into oncoming traffic when making a left turn. F-150 comes with a suite of sophisticated chauffeur help systems The brand-new F-150 includes Fords CoPilot 360 2.0 suite of advanced chauffeur help systems. In trailering-minded security news, Ford has actually likewise ported over a number of functions introduced on the newest F-Series Super Duty trucks.
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Ford F-150 is all-in for the future Its tempting to conclude that the 2021 Ford F-150 boils down to more development than revolution. Plus, Fords F-Series designs have often had significant action changes followed up by generations that simply improve a style. While the 2021 Ford F-150s look at first looks like it might be midcycle facelift instead of a generational change, major infusions of brand-new tech, including the PowerBoost hybrid hardware, Pro Power OnBoard, OTA and Active Drive Assist are not just strong brand-new features for the class, they help set the technological table for Fords upcoming all-electric F-150 which is due in 2022.

2021 Ford F-150 aims to be the brand-new boss Lets start with the essentials: Most of the F-150s ladder-frame chassis brings over unchanged, and along with it, the lions share of the F-150s dimensions and total footprint, as well as cabin and bed requirements. 2021 Ford F-150 has a reconfigurable interior While probably not as far off the rate as the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra, todays 2020 F-150 has actually clearly fallen behind Rams 1500 in the cabin-niceness sweepstakes. F-150 comes with a suite of innovative motorist help systems The brand-new F-150 includes Fords CoPilot 360 2.0 suite of sophisticated driver assist systems. Ford F-150 is all-in for the future Its tempting to conclude that the 2021 Ford F-150 boils down to more development than revolution. While the 2021 Ford F-150s appearance at very first appearances like it might be midcycle facelift instead of a generational modification, major infusions of brand-new tech, consisting of the PowerBoost hybrid hardware, Pro Power OnBoard, OTA and Active Drive Assist are not only bold new functions for the class, they assist set the technological table for Fords upcoming all-electric F-150 which is due in 2022.