After months of delays, the cover has finally been pulled off of the 2021 Ford F-150, marking the beginning of the 14th-generation of the long time fan favorite. With the new model comes a host of improvements and upgrades both inside and out, which Ford hopes will help to keep the F-150 placed high among the ranks of American pickup truck buyers. Here is everything you need to know about the new truck.
Starting with the exterior design, the 2021 Ford F-150 features an even tougher design language than before, thanks in no small part to the updated LED headlamp design and new wrap-around bumpers. There’s also a power dome on the hood, higher front fenders, and larger diameter tires that stretch out ¾ of an inch further for a more aggressive stance. Combine that with the 11 optional grille choices across the series lineup, and you have a new truck that offers plenty of style.
Other notable changes to the exterior include available full length running boards for easier access to the side-mounted cargo box, new cleats mounted to the sides of the tailgate for easier tie downs, and an available Tailgate Work Surface complete with an integrated ruler, a mobile device holder, a cup holder and a pencil holder. We can’t forget the optional Pro Power Onboard generator system, available in multiple different outputs to better suite buyer’s needs. MC&T was first to report the new F-150 would offer a generator.
The truck doesn’t just look good however, as it comes with a wide range of capable powertrain options. Much of the engine lineup remains unchanged, though the all-new 3.5L PowerBoost V6 Hybrid system will be joining the lineup for 2021. Available on every trim from XL to Limited, Ford says that the new engine will be the most powerful in its class while offering at least 12,000 pounds of maximum towing capacity. No power figures or EPA fuel economy ratings are available at this time.
Inside the 2021 Ford F-150, things have taken quite the leap forward. The truck is decked out with equipment both high-tech and practical, including the new Max Recline Seats that offer nearly 180 degrees of recline to ensure drivers can get enough rest between hauls. Theres also an optional Interior Work Surface, made to make 15-inch laptop use and eating easier. An 8-inch infotainment screen comes as standard, though a larger 12-inch unit is also available. Both will be powered by SYNC 4, and come standard with over-the-air-update capabilities. Digital productivity screens in the gauge cluster will range from four-inch, eight-inch, to twelve-inches in design. There’s a host of optional driver aids too, including Active Drive Assist, which allows for hands-free driving on more than 100,000 miles of divided highways in the U.S. and Canada.
The 2021 Ford F-150 is massively important for the Blue Oval, and we think that they might have just nailed it with this one.