The 13th-generation Ford F-150 hit showrooms in 2015, and just six model years later, Ford will unleash the 14th generation of this best-selling pickup. The 2021 Ford F-150 will bring in massaged looks, loads of updated tech, enhanced capabilities, a full hybrid powertrain, and tons more. Although not announced during the premiere, Ford has confirmed there will be a Raptor variant for 2021.
Visually, the 2021 Ford F-150 isn’t a clean-sheet redo, as it retains some of the cues from the popular 13th-generation model. These carryover cues include an upright front end, scalloped lower door areas, and bold grille designs. Digging deeper into the 2021 F-150’s design shows some of the updates, including all-new squared headlights in a stacked arrangement, upside-down L-shaped accent lighting, a new front bumper, new grille designs, and an updated tailgate.
Buyers who need a power source will have the optional Pro Power Onboard, an in-truck generator that’ll offer power to work sights, camp sights, and more. It’ll come with 2 kW, 2.4 kW, or 7.2 kW of output, depending on the engine and other options. This power will be accessible through in-cabin plugs and up to four in-bed plugs. These plugs will deliver 120-volts at 20 amps. The 7.2-kW system will also feature a 240-volt outlet at 30 amps. Early pricing for the option ranges from $750 to $995 depending on trim.
Inside, the dash will retain its angular shape, but the details will be all-new, including its rectangular HVAC vents, more condensed HVAC interface, new steering wheel, center accent bar, and more. It will also gain enhanced materials, new color options, additional storage, an optional Work Surface that can function as a desk for a 15-inch laptop or a table for eating lunch on, and more.
On the tech side, the cabin will gain a standard 8-inch touchscreen, an available 12-inch touchscreen infotainment center with a split-screen feature, an optional 12-inch digital gauge cluster, individually controlled interior lighting, SYNC 4 infotainment software, Trailer Reverse Guidance, Pro Trailer Backup Assist, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, available B&O audio systems with 8 or 18 speakers, and lots more.
Ford hasn’t revealed the full powertrain details for the 2021 F-150, but it announced there will be an available 3.5-liter PowerBoost full-hybrid V6 engine that’ll pair a 47-horsepower electric motor with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine. This engine will be available in every trim level from the XL to Limited and will deliver a Ford-estimated 700 miles on a tank of fuel and a 12,000-pound towing capacity. This engine will pair with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Of course, crash-safety data isn’t available yet, but Ford announced the 2021 F-150 will gain Ford Co-Pilot360 2.0. This new system will include forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, a rearview camera, automatic high-beam headlights, and more. There will also be an upgrade called Active Drive Assist (available at a later date) that’ll allow hands-free driving in some areas. This system will feature a camera that’ll monitor driver awareness to enable hands-free driving. Other available features will include left-turn crash prevention and active park assist.
Stay tuned for our full review at a later date.