2021 Ford F-150 Reportedly Getting Sleeper Seats

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The reveal of the 2021 Ford F-150 is coming up in less than a week and we’re still learning new things about the upcoming pickup truck. The latest tidbit to drop comes from Reuters claims Ford will fit its F-150 with a new sleeper-seat feature to allow people to sleep in their trucks. It’s an interesting attribute that has us scratching our heads.

The F-150 is continually one of the best-selling models in the U.S. and Ford being a little strapped for cash because of the coronavirus has us thinking that the brand is looking for new things to ensure the 2021 variant will be a massive hit. As such, it will be available with a “lay-flat passenger seat like those seen in first-class cabins” on airplanes, claims Reuters, citing an unnamed individual that’s familiar with the plans. “You can basically live in the truck,” stated the anonymous person.

Usually, automakers don’t offer sleeper seats in pickup trucks, requiring owners to reach out to third-party companies to find something if they want to live out of their vehicles. Generally, people that want to live out of their pickup trucks choose heavy-duty options, like the F-250 and F-350 to modify instead of smaller pickups like the F-150. But that decision is mostly due to the more robust powertrains found on larger trucks. Also, most people that go down the route of modifying their pickups to live out of them choose to get large units that fit on top of the truck’s bed to use as living quarters, not necessarily choosing to sleep inside the cabin.

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Maybe Ford knows something we don’t. The automaker could’ve received feedback from owners requesting this specific feature, because we don’t see a lot of other reasons to incorporate this into a pickup.

The report from Reuters states that Ford is really looking to improve the F-150’s interior with the all-new generation. Apparently, the automaker took a lot of inspiration from Ram with its 1500 model, using that pickup as the benchmark. “The old 5-inch screen for your navigation and radio controls is gone,” said Rhett Ricart, owner of Ricart Ford in Columbus, Ohio. “They’re all going to be 10-, 12-, 15-inch screens.”

The current F-150’s interior isn’t terrible, but it definitely doesn’t compete with the cabins from the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 or the Ram 1500. Ram really raised the bar for the full-size pickup segment with the 1500, showing just how luxurious pickups could be. With the Ram 1500 taking over second place from the Silverado 1500, it looks like consumers are willing to pay more for pickups with more opulent cabins. So, Ford looking to focus on bringing the 2021 F-150’s cabin up to par with Ram 1500 sounds like a great plan to keep the truck at the top of the heap.

We won’t have to wait long to see the all-new 2021 F-150, as the pickup is set to make its official debut on June 25.

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Pictured: 2021 F-150 Teaser, 2020 F-150 interior

, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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