The all-new 2021 Ford F-150 may be rather evolutionary in terms of design, but the technology the new truck offers is nothing short of revolutionary. Across the interior and exterior, the 2021 Ford F-150 technology on offer is set to keep the truck at the top of the light duty full-size pickup truck class. Here’s all the useful tech that Ford is bringing to the segment, with many of the features being an industry first.
After Ram dropped a 12 inch portrait bombshell of a touchscreen in the latest line up pickups, Ford is responding with a massive screen of their own. While its size matches the Ram at 12 inches, it’s set in a landscape orientation, and is almost square in design. Ford is also debuting their new Sync 4 infotainment system in the new F-150, after sticking with Sync 3 ever since late 2015. As for screens, there’s also an optional 12 inch digital instrument cluster available. Standard models in lower XL and XLT trims will get an 8 inch touchscreen instead.
While we don’t know all of the new features Sync 4 will bring, over-the-air update functionality is one of the most important. This allows Ford to update their trucks over time without a trip to the dealership, because bug fixes and new features can be installed over WiFi. This in turn will lower warranty costs for customers, which is especially important to fleet sales.
Onboard Generator System
Ford’s new Power Pro Onboard generator is a groundbreaking addition to the truck as well. Depending on output, you can power a single tool, camping equipment, a full tailgating setup, or even a full job site right out of the back of your F-150. The base 2.0 kW output is optional on all gas models, while the PowerBoost hybrid powertrain comes standard with a 2.4 kW generator. The hybrid is the only model that can get the top of the line 7.2 kW generator, which Ford says can power an estimated 28 average refrigerators at once, if you so desire.
Pro Trailer Backup Assist Updates
Trailering should also be a breeze thanks to 2021 Ford F-150 technology. The truck has the same Pro Trailer Backup Assist as the outgoing model, but gains a full suite of five high-resolution cameras. These not only give a better view while backing up a trailer, but provide guidance lines that take steering angle and input from the Pro Trailer Backup Assist knob into account to show exactly where the trailer is headed.
Smaller tech innovations include individually controllable exterior Zone Lighting, trailer theft alerts, new Ford Co-Pilor 360 driver assistance features, active grille shutters for aerodynamic efficiency, collapsable center console shifter and wireless Apple Carplay/Android Auto functionality.