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The New F-150 Is Right Around The Corner

2021 Ford F-150

If you only gave this 2021 Ford F-150 interior photo a brief scan, you may not even notice anything different. Which, honestly, is fine. Pickup truck buyers – especially fleet buyers – are notoriously conservative in their preferences, and tend to value familiarity, consistency and quality over revolutionary, sometimes disruptive, changes. But look a little closer, and you will see some major differences from the outgoing pickup truck.

Starting with the center console touch screen, it’s clear that the new truck – in this case, the 2021 Ford F-150 Lariat – looks to make a big ‘wow’ factor with impressionable automotive media and consumers alike. Just by eyeballing it, we wouldn’t be surprised if that screen was somewhere around 11 inches diagonally measured. A fully digital instrument panel appears to be on the way, as well.

Perhaps the most interesting and innovate feature we see here is a “stow away” shifter. As pointed out by the original post on, the 2021 Ford F-150 will have the capability to fold the shift lever down in order to flatten the surface of the center console. This could come in handy for users looking for a flat surface to rest something such as a laptop, or for any other reason that requires this erect protrusion to get out of the way. Sometimes, it can be an inconvenience.

Anyway, beyond that, the overall layout of the 14th generation Ford F-150 appears to be much of the same as the previous generation. The HVAC controls are located on the bottom of the center console, just above the storage bin, with quick-access radio controls just above that. The steering wheel appears to be completely overhauled, but the ignition button may be a carryover part from before.

The 2021 Ford F-150 is scheduled to debut this year, as is the 2021 Ford Bronco and 2021 Bronco Sport. But the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted priorities, and Ford Motor Company has otherwise focused its resources on building masks, respirators and ventilators. We’ll see the official debut of the new F-150 soon, no doubt. But for now, there are much bigger things to worry about.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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