There will be more splashed new model debuts this year, but there will be no bigger or bigger. The 2021 Ford F-150 just rolled under klieg lights at awith emcee Denis Leary on Thursday, and it’s time to take a closer look. When the most recent full-size pickup in the United States arrives at dealerships this fall, it will not only inherit the title of best-selling truck in the United States for 43 consecutive years, but it will also assume the role of being , automobile or other.
A glance at the F-150 2021 might reasonably ask you what is exactly new. Certainly, moving from the current model to this new 14th generation truck, Ford designers have offered one of the most conservative visual revisions we’ve seen in the F-Series for decades. However, a closer look at the truck reveals that it is not for lack of ambition: this pickup truck contains more electrification and connected technology than we have seen in any light production truck. of the company.
Peel off the aluminum skin of this broad-shouldered platform, and you’ll find a hybrid powertrain available – the first full hybrid to hit the U.S. pickup market. You’ll also find a host of other innovative features and technologies designed to improve both productivity and comfort. Among them? Pro Power Onboard, a powerful source of power in bed designed to replace generators at work sites and camps, as well as new giant screens that work. So whether you’re a professional entrepreneur or someone who likes to play hard on the weekends, Ford hopes you find something new here that you love. In fact, even if you’re not a typical truck fan, you might be interested in how this new pickup sets the technology table for Ford’s arrival. competitor, the all-electric F-150, scheduled for 2022.
2021 Ford F-150 aims to be the new boss
Let’s start with the basics: most of the F-150’s scale frames are unchanged, and with it the lion’s share of the F-150’s overall dimensions and dimensions, as well as cabin and bed specifications. The new truck has a slightly wider track and larger wheels available (up to 22 inches!) For a more planted position, but the shade it casts will be very similar to today’s truck. All cabin and trunk configurations return, as do all major trim levels – XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum and Limited (a newwill come later).
Despite your first probable impressions, each sheet metal panel is new. It’s a beautiful truck, and Ford didn’t need to reinvent the outgoing model’s look from a whole fabric (especially given the often conservative buyers in the truck market). Up front there is a bolder grille suspended by headlights highlighted by oversized C-clip daytime running lights that extend into the bumper, a design theme that also echoes in the lights back. The new truck is also more slippery, incorporating not only active grille shutters that close at high speed, but also an automatically deployed front air barrier that lowers to 40 mph to improve aerodynamics (the latter retracts at low speed to negotiate off-road trails and rogue parking barriers).
At the rear, you’ll find matching clamp-like tail lights and a nifty new multi-function tailgate. Although the latter does not have the luxury multi-directional hinges found on some competing GM and Ram trucks, this new tailgate has a lot of built-in intelligence, including a new flat work surface that incorporates a tablet holder, a ruler, clamping brackets and a new downward ring clip that also acts as a bottle opener At the very least, this simpler approach is undoubtedly less complex, cumbersome and expensive thanthe MultiPro unit and the The 60/40 split solution.
2021 Ford F-150 vs. 2020 Ford F-150
|Ford F-150 2021||2020 Ford F-150|
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 double turbo hybrid V6
Two wheel drive
Two wheel drive
Four wheel drive
Four wheel drive
To be determined
To be determined
|Length (Crew Cab, 2WD)|
|Width (Crew Cab, 2WD)|
|Height (Crew Cab, 2WD)|
|Wheelbase (Crew Cab, 2WD)|
EcoBoost and PowerBoost hybrid transmissions, oh my God!
Once you’re done evaluating the new look of the F-150, if you’re a typical truck buyer, you’ll want to know what’s hiding under the hood. Ford says most of the power specifications such as horsepower, torque and fuel consumption will come later, as will the payload and towing capacities. For the moment, we know the range of engines. There’s also a lot of carryover here, including naturally aspirated 3.3-liter V6s and 5.0-liter V8s, as well as the well-received 2.7-liter and 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 twin turbochargers of the society. The 3.0-liter PowerStroke V6 is also back for diesel buyers. All F-150 models receive 10-speed automatic transmissions.
The big news, of course, is the F-150’s new PowerBoost hybrid powertrain. Building on Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, this is the industry’s first full hybrid pickup (is a less potent mild hybrid). The system incorporates a single 35 kilowatt (47 horsepower) electric motor into the transmission case supported by a 1.5 kilowatt hour liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery. This is not a plug-in hybrid system, it is a self-contained, self-loading agreement that incorporates a belt starter. PowerBoost will be available in all versions, in two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations.
Ford has set significant performance targets for PowerBoost, including more than 12,000 pounds of maximum towing capacity, best-in-class horsepower and torque, and a 700 mile leg crossing range per tank.
Interestingly, today’s 2020 F-150 can tow up to 13,200 pounds with its 3.5-liter 375-hp, 470 lb-ft EcoBoost powertrain, so it’s not clear whether the new hybrid PowerBoost will upgrade its gasoline counterpart only for the transport of measurements. as it will likely do in the miles per gallon column.
Whether you’re in trucks or not, it should be noted that even though PowerBoost sales represent only a relatively small percentage of the annual sales volume of the F-150, it is possible that this technology has a greater impact on total US fuel consumption than any other new vehicle, including electric. Part of it is because large trucks are so thirsty by nature, and partly because Ford sells a lot of them – the automaker moved nearly 900,000 units last year.
(To see more closely how the 2021 Ford F-150 compares to its rivals like the Chevy Silverado, the Ram 1500 and the, .)
F-150 replaces need for generator with Pro Power Onboard
PowerBoost also allows a high power version of Pro Power Onboard, a new optional inverter that could replace the need of owners to transport noisy, heavy and dirty generators on construction sites and campsites. Heck, it could even be useful as a backup generator for your home when the power goes out. Pro Power Onboard is an integrated generator that provides up to 7.2 kilowatts of power from a series of sockets mounted both in the cabin and in the bed. In the case of the hybrid truck, these ports take the form of four 120-volt, 20-amp sockets mounted at the bedside, with a single 240-volt socket and 30 amps for large equipment.
With the 7.2 kW system, Ford says you can power a 12-inch miter saw, a circular saw, an impact drill, a half-power air compressor, searchlights and a charger. group drums, all at the same time. If you’re not much for construction but like to play hard on the weekends, Ford says PPO can charge a full charge of electric motorcycles. You can even recharge the batteries of your tools, computers and toys while on the go. While we anticipate that many traditional pickup buyers – especially fleet buyers – may be reluctant to buy a hybrid vehicle, unique and useful features like Pro Power Onboard could help convert hesitant buyers .
And for those who really don’t want hybrid power, you can always opt for a low-power PPO system with 2.0 kW of power. That’s enough juice to simultaneously power an electric heater, a TV, a mini-fridge, a blender, and portable speakers for tailgate parties. It is available on both EcoBoost petrol only models and naturally aspirated engines.
No matter which PPO system is installed on your truck, you can control it via the FordPass app, as well as many other functions, including vehicle locator, remote locking, HVAC controls and a new multi-zone lighting system. .
2021 Ford F-150 has a reconfigurable interior
Probably not as far from the beat as the Chevy Silverado and, the 2020 F-150 today has clearly lagged behind the 1500 Ram in the cabin competition. As such, the new 2021 truck is behind schedule. Ford seems to have done the trick, with interior highlights that include an all-new dashboard with more premium materials, new storage areas, significant technological improvements, and a few party tricks.
Perhaps the most unexpected new feature of the new F-150 is its available retractable shift lever. This center console-based electronic shifter actually folds away into a space away from the center to allow the center armrest to expand into a large, flat work area that can hold a 15-inch laptop. Of course, this can only be done when the vehicle is parked, a lock will prevent you from doing it while driving.
Other available comforts include special Max Recline seats that fold almost flat (180 degrees) for sneaking in at lunchtime, a massive panoramic sunroof, an 18-speaker Bang & Olufsen Unleashed audio system withplus a smart full-width lockable storage box that lives under the rear seat and can fold flat when not in use.
Sync 4 with Wireless CarPlay, Android Auto and OTA
Also on the technical side, Ford’s new generation Sync 4 infotainment is available. Even low-end models receive an 8-inch center screen, a big upgrade from today’s 4.2-inch unit. In addition to improved processing power and improved natural speech recognition, it hasand . These latest integrations are even wireless on the high-end 12-inch screen configuration that comes standard on XLT models above and above. The latter also comes with a 12-inch reconfigurable digital gauge cluster matched with impressive animations.
Along with the rest of the truck’s electronics, Sync 4 also allows live updates. This means that customers will not only be able to get the latest navigation maps, but also download new features, bug fixes, powertrain updates, and more. In fact, Ford is already telegraphing a major update it will make available in the third quarter of 2021: Active Drive Assist.
F-150 to benefit from Active Drive Assist hands-free driving
is a hands-free driving system that is geofencing for use on divided highways that have been mapped HD. Ford says there are over 100,000 miles of these roads available in the United States and Canada. This hands-free system, with a driver-facing camera, tracks eye and head movements to ensure they continue to pay attention. It is not autonomous driving technology, it is a partially automated driving assistant to facilitate movement, especially bumper-to-bumper traffic. Ford has yet to release additional details about the system, including its maximum usable speed and how the system handles an inattentive driver, but more information will likely be released as the availability of that system approaches.
Buyers interested in Active Drive Assist on their F-150 will need to pay for a prep kit – this bundles the hardware that enables another new safety feature, Intersection Assist, which helps drivers avoid sneaking by mistake in oncoming traffic when turning left turn. Once the technology is available, a live update or software reflash performed by the dealer will enable the new capacity.
To our knowledge, the Active Drive Assist will be the most advanced partially automated driving aid on the truck market when it becomes available. Elon Musk and the Tesla Cybertruck may have something to say about this when they hit the market in late 2021, of course, but today’s autopilot remains a practical system, though that it is not geofenced to operate in specific areas.
The F-150 comes with a suite of advanced driver assistance systems
The new F-150 includes Ford’s CoPilot 360 2.0 suite of advanced driver assistance systems. Even the low-end XL models benefit from pre-collision assistance with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, as well as headlights with automatic on / off and automatic high beam. The XLT models benefit from trajectory support, as well as reversing sensors and new protections such as reverse brake assist and an impact brake function. A full self-parking system is also available.
In towing safety news, Ford also covered a number of features introduced on the latest F-series Super Duty trucks. This includes a bunch of new rear camera angles for easier transportation, as well as trailer theft alert and trailer light check, the latter two being accessible via the FordPass phone app.
Ford F-150 is all-in for the future
It is tempting to conclude that the 2021 Ford F-150 is more about evolution than revolution. This notion makes sense considering the radical leap of the latest generation truck in aluminum construction and engine reduction. Additionally, Ford F-Series models have often undergone major milestones followed by generations that simply refine a theme. This cycle of innovation / iteration was the key to the reliability, familiarity and profitability of the F-150.
The truth with this new generation, however, lies somewhere in the middle.
While the appearance of the 2021 Ford F-150 seems at first to be a mid-cycle facelift instead of a generation change, major infusions of new technology, including PowerBoost hybrid hardware, Pro Power OnBoard, OTA and Active Drive Assist are not only bold new features for the class, they are helping to set the technological table for Ford’s next all-electric F-150 due in 2022.