All-new 2021 Ford F-150 Lariat in Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat.

Ford claims their all-new 2021 Ford F-150 takes America’s truck of choice for work and recreation to the next level with ingenious productivity features, new technology for enhanced connectivity and convenience plus the most maximum towing, payload, torque and horsepower of any full-size light-duty pickup.

“Since 1948, our hardworking F-Series customers have trusted Ford to help them get the job done,” said Jim Farley, Ford’s chief operating officer. “F-150 is our flagship, it’s 100 percent assembled in America, and we hold ourselves to the highest standard to make sure our customers can get the job done and continue to make a difference in their communities.”

Though the proof – as always – is in the driving, what we saw at a recent virtual media reveal was just short of mind-blowing.  A very wide array of new or enhanced features and functions will make it easy for truck customers to choose Ford F-150 (again) in 2021.

 

Front and Rear of 2021 F-150 XLT Sport Appearance Package in Carbonized Gray

2021 Ford F-150 For 2021, the F-150 features a complete exterior redesign.  Elements of note include updated LED headlamp design, new power dome hood and wrap-around bumpers. Higher front fenders, a tucked-in midsection and larger-diameter tires pulled out three-quarters of an inch create a stronger, more powerful stance on and off the road. Ford tells us that there are 11 grille options available across the series lineup, all differentiated in their design and all unmistakably F-150, plus new tailgate appliqués.

 

12-inch Center Screen (left above)  and  12-inch Digital Instrument Cluster (right above)

An all-new 12-inch center screen, with split screen and multiple function capability, is standard on XLT high series and above.

Also available is a new 12-inch Digital Gauge Cluster featuring a large information-on-demand area, along with truck-specific graphics and animations that respond to the all-new F-150’s selectable drive modes and can display off-roading data and turn-by-turn navigation.

F-150’s new optional Interior Work Surface is ideal for signing documents, working on a 15-inch laptop or enjoying a meal when parked.

With many customers still preferring the console shifter, Ford has created a stowable shifter, which easily folds into the center console to allow full access to the large work surface when parked     (see below)

 

 

WOW – Class-exclusive, are the Max Recline Seats available on King Ranch, Platinum and Limited models.

Max Recline Seats fold flat to nearly 180 degrees, with the bottom cushion rising to meet the back cushion and the upper back support rotating forward up to 10 degrees for maximum comfort.

Enhanced Productivity

Ford says their deep understanding of truck customers led to new features that take owner productivity to a next level.  Available are:

Fold-Flat Rear Storage adds a lockable vault to the F-150 that extends the width of the rear seats. Under the bottom cushion of the rear seat, it is great for valuables, clothes, tools and other gear for work and play.

 

 

Power Running Boards are available with extended-length and kick switch to provide easy access to the front of the cargo bed.

Zone Lighting allows individual sections of exterior lights to be turned on and off using the SYNC 4 screen or FordPass app on their phone during dusk, dawn or nighttime hours.

 

Pick the zone you want to light using the SYNC4 screen or smartphone  FordPass app  

Tailgate Work Surface provides integrated rulers, a mobile device holder, cupholder and pencil holder along with new clamp pockets for holding materials for precision work.

 

 

 

Trailer Reverse Guidance (from the SuperDuty), coupled with Pro Trailer Backup Assist, uses the truck’s high-resolution cameras to provide multiple views while backing up.

 

NEW – PowerBoost Hybrid Powertrain

An all-new 3.5-liter PowerBoost Hybrid V6 powertrain is available on every trim level.  It is targeting an EPA-estimated range of approximately 700 miles on a single tank of gasoline and will deliver at least 12,000 pounds of available maximum towing.

PowerBoost combines Ford’s proven EcoBoost engine and 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission with a 35- kilowatt (47-horsepower) electric motor integrated into the transmission, as well as software calibrated specially for truck use, including drive modes like tow/haul mode to help customers better manage towing heavy trailers.

NEW – Pro Power Onboard

Surely to be important for many F-150 owners is the available Pro Power Onboard feature which brings generator levels of power to work and camp sites.

The PowerBoost-equipped F-150 comes standard with 2.4 kilowatts of output. When equipped with the 7.2 kilowatt version, output is the enough to power upwards of 28 refrigerators.

Power is accessible through in-cabin outlets and up to four cargo bed- mounted 120-volt 20-amp outlets. A 240-volt 30-amp outlet on the 7.2-kilowatt version.

The system can provide enough power to charge tool batteries while driving between jobs.

Most Connected F-150 Ever

Ford tells us that the 2021 F-150 is Ford’s next big step in fully connected vehicles for customers.

Segment exclusive and standard is an Over-the-Air update system.  Vehicle updates are bumper-to-bumper.  They can include ongoing maintenance/service functions along with installing new or additional features and functions throughout the life of the truck.

Ford’s All-new SYNC 4 is standard, with more natural voice control available as well as real-time mapping and customizable information on demand.  With twice the computing power of the previous-generation system, new SYNC 4 can wirelessly connect smartphones.  Seamlessly integrated features include Apple CarPlay or Android Auto compatibility as well as SYNC AppLink apps like Waze and Ford+Alexa.

F-150 Limited Interior Shown

Also available is SiriusXM with 360L satellite and streaming services. Customers can access more than 10,000 hours of on-demand content, live channels, ad-free music, sports, entertainment, news and personalized recommendations.

A new eight-speaker B&O Sound System is available starting on F-150 XLT, while the optional 18-speaker B&O Unleashed system with speakers in the headliner and front headrests is available on F-150 Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum, and standard on Limited.

New Driver-Assist Technology

A new available feature is Intersection Assist.  It detects oncoming traffic while the driver is attempting a left turn. If there is risk of a collision with an oncoming vehicle, F-150 will apply the brakes to mitigate or avoid it.

Ford”s Co-Pilot360 2.0 offers even more features for 2021.  Included are Pre_Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Detection, Rearview Camera with Dynamic Hitch Assist, auto high-beam headlights.

And, F-150 is the only light-duty full-size pick up with available Active Park Assist 2.0, which handles all steering, shifting, braking and accelerator controls during parallel or perpendicular parking.

A segment exclusive, hands-free – Active Drive Assist system is most interesting.  Using an advanced driver- facing camera, Active Drive Assist tracks head position and driver eye gaze to enable hands-free driving when available. It allows owners on certain sections of pre-mapped, divided highways to drive with their hands off the steering wheel – if they continue to pay attention to the road ahead – granting them an additional level of comfort during long drives.

NOTE: Active Drive Assist is expected to be available in third quarter of 2021.  More information on hardware, software and costs will be available after the first of the year.

When and How Much

Pricing and availability of models, packages and options will be announced later in the 2020 calendar year.

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Follow the all-new Ford F-150 as it makes it way to dealerships later this year.  Go to the 2021 F-150 web site and tap on ‘Get Updates”.  Enter your information and you will be sent updates on the vehicle, features, capabilities, fuel economy and price as they are available.

Source:  Ford Press Release