2021 Ford F-150 has hybrid power, amazing sleeper seats and a generator – CNET

The F-150 has surprising tech smarts and muscle.
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There will be splashier new-model debuts this year, but there will be none bigger, or more important. The 2021 Ford F-150 has actually simply rolled under the klieg lights at a special occasion with emcee Denis Leary on Thursday, and its time to take a closer look. When Americas latest full-size pickup rolls into dealers this fall, it will inherit not just the title of Americas very popular truck for 43 straight years, it will also likewise assume the mantle of being among this nations primary financial motorists, automotive or otherwise.
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One look at the 2021 F-150 may reasonably have you questioning what, exactly, is new. In the relocation from todays design to this brand-new 14th-generation truck, Fords designers have actually delivered one of the more conservative visual overhauls weve seen out of the F-Series lineup in years. Nevertheless, a closer take a look at the truck exposes thats not for lack of aspiration: This pickup loads more electrification and connectivity-minded tech than weve seen in any light-duty production truck in business.
Peel back this broad-shouldered rigs aluminum skin, and youll discover a readily available hybrid powertrain– the first complete hybrid to hit the US pickup market. Youll also discover a raft of other unique features and tech created to improve both productivity and comfort. Amongst them? Pro Power Onboard, a burly in-bed power source designed to replace generators at work sites and campouts, along with substantial new screens running next-gen Sync 4 infotainment. So whether youre an expert contractor or someone who likes to play tough on weekends, Ford is hoping youll discover something new here that you like. Even if youre not a typical truck fan, you may be interested to discover about how this brand-new pickup sets the technological table for Fords coming Tesla Cybertruck rival, the all-electric F-150, due sometime in 2022.

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2021 Ford F-150 is created to be in charge
Lets begin with the fundamentals: Most of the F-150s ladder-frame chassis brings over the same, and along with it, the lions share of the F-150s measurements and general footprint, along with cabin and bed requirements. The new truck has a somewhat larger track and bigger offered wheels (up to 22 inches!) for a more planted stance, but the shadow it casts will be very similar to todays truck. All cabin and box setups return, as do all major trim levels– XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum and Limited (a brand-new Raptor will come later)..
Regardless of your likely preliminary impressions, every single sheet metal panel is brand-new. This is a handsome truck, and Ford didnt require to transform the outbound models look from whole fabric (particularly in view of the truck markets often-conservative buyers).
Out back, youll discover matching C-clamp-shaped taillamps and a trick new multifunction tailgate. While the latter does not have the elegant multi-directional hinging discovered on some completing GM and Ram trucks, this brand-new tailgate has a great deal of baked-in cleverness, including a new flat work surface that incorporates a tablet holder, ruler, clamp installs and new tie-down rings that function as bottle screw. If nothing else, this more uncomplicated method is unquestionably less complicated, heavy and costly than the Chevy Silverado 1500s MultiPro system and the Ram 1500s 60/40-split option.
2021 Ford F-150 vs. 2020 Ford F-150.

2021 Ford F-150.

2020 Ford F-150.

Engines.

3.3-liter V6.

3.3-liter V6.

2.7-liter twin-turbo V6.

2.7-liter twin-turbo V6.

3.0-liter turbo-diesel V6.

3.0-liter turbo-diesel V6.

3.5-liter twin-turbo V6.

3.5-liter twin-turbo V6.

3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 hybrid.

5.0-liter V8.

5.0-liter V8.

Transmissions.

10-speed auto.

6-speed car.

10-speed vehicle.

Drivelines.

Two-wheel drive.

Two-wheel drive.

4×4.

4×4.

Optimum towing.

TBD.

13,200 pounds.

Optimum payload.

TBD.

3,270 pounds.

Length (Crew Cab, 2WD).

231.7 in.

231.9 in.

Width (Crew Cab, 2WD).

79.9 in.

79.9 in.

Height (Crew Cab, 2WD).

75.6 in.

75.6 in.

Wheelbase (Crew Cab, 2WD).

145.4 in.

145.0 in.

This tailgate includes C-clamp mounts, tie-down cleats, a tablet holder and even bottle openers.
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EcoBoost and PowerBoost hybrid drivetrains to spare.
When you get previous examining the F-150s make over, if youre a normal truck buyer, youre going to need to know whats under the hood. Ford states most output specifications like horsepower, fuel and torque effectiveness will come later on, along with payload and tow rankings. For now, we do understand the engine lineup. Theres a lot of carryover here, too, including naturally aspirated 3.3-liter V6 and 5.0-liter V8 options, in addition to the companys favored 2.7-liter and 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6s. The 3.0-liter V6 PowerStroke returns for diesel buyers, also. All F-150 designs get 10-speed automated transmissions.
The huge news, obviously, is the F-150s new PowerBoost hybrid powertrain. Piggybacking off of Fords existing 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, this will be the industrys just full hybrid pickup on the market (Rams eTorque is a less-powerful moderate hybrid). The system incorporates a single 35-kilowatt (47-horsepower) electrical motor into the transmission housing backed by a liquid-cooled, 1.5-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. This isnt a plug-in hybrid system, its a self-contained, self-charging deal that incorporates a belt-driven starter. PowerBoost will be readily available in all trims, in both two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive setups.
Ford has laid out some considerable PowerBoost performance targets, consisting of upwards of 12,000 pounds of max pulling capability, best-in-class horsepower and torque figures, and a leg-crossing variety of 700 miles per tank..
Surprisingly, todays 2020 F-150 can tow approximately 13,200 pounds with its 375-hp, 470-lb-ft, 3.5-liter EcoBoost powertrain, so its unclear if the brand-new PowerBoost hybrid will outshine its gas-only equivalent in carrying metrics the method it likely will in the miles-per-gallon column.
Whether youre into trucks or not, its worth keeping in mind that even if PowerBoost sales only comprise a reasonably small percentage of the F-150s yearly sales volume, its possible that this tech could have a bigger impact on Americas total fuel usage than any other new car, consisting of electrics. Thats in part due to the fact that full-size trucks are so thirsty by nature, and partially due to the fact that Ford sells numerous– the car manufacturer shifted nearly 900,000 units in 2015.
( For a more detailed look at how the 2021 Ford F-150 stacks up versus competitors like the Chevy Silverado, Ram 1500 and Toyota Tundra, check out our contrast feature.).
Pro Power OnBoard can power a whole little construction website, or a killer tailgate party.
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F-150 changes requirement for generator with Pro Power Onboard.
PowerBoost also permits for a high-power version of Pro Power Onboard, an optional new power inverter that could replace owners need to carry loud, heavy and filthy generators to task sites and camping areas. Pro Power Onboard is an integrated generator that offers up to 7.2 kilowatts of power from a series of outlets mounted both in the cab and in the bed.
With the 7.2-kW system, Ford says you can power a 12-inch miter saw, a circular saw, a hammer drill, a half-horsepower air compressor, flood lights and a gang battery charger, all at the same time. If youre very little for building however you like to play hard on weekends, Ford states PPO can charge a full bed-load of electrical bikes. You can even energize the batteries of your tools, computers and toys while on the move. While we anticipate that a great deal of traditional pickup buyers– especially fleet buyers– might hesitate at the idea of buying a hybrid vehicle, unique, helpful functions like Pro Power Onboard could assist transform reluctant purchasers.
And for those who really dont desire hybrid power, you can still option a lower-power PPO system with 2.0 kW of power. Thats sufficient juice to concurrently power an electric heating unit, a TELEVISION, a mini fridge, a blender and portable speakers for tailgate parties. Its readily available on both the gas-only EcoBoost and naturally aspirated engine models.
Regardless of which PPO system is fitted to your truck, you can control it by means of the FordPass app, in addition to a bunch of other functions consisting of vehicle locator, remote locking, HVAC controls and a brand-new multizone lighting system.

The new F-150 includes Fords CoPilot 360 2.0 suite of sophisticated chauffeur assist systems. Its tempting to conclude that the 2021 Ford F-150 boils down to more evolution than revolution.

Yep. They really made a folding gearshift.
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2021 Ford F-150 has a reconfigurable interior.
While perhaps not as far off the pace as the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra, todays 2020 F-150 has actually clearly fallen behind Rams 1500 in the cabin-niceness sweepstakes. The brand-new 2021 truck has some capturing up to do. Ford appears to have actually done the technique, with interior highlights that include a brand new control panel with more-premium products, new storage locations, considerable upgrades in tech and a couple of party tricks.
The new F-150s most unexpected new function is undoubtedly its offered stowable gearshift lever. This center-console-based electronic shifter actually folds down and into a well out of the way to permit the center armrest to broaden into a large, flat work surface that can hold a 15-inch laptop computer. Naturally, this can just be done when the vehicle is parked, a lockout will keep you from doing this while driving.
Other readily available animal comforts consist of unique Max Recline seats that fold almost flat (180 degrees) for slipping fast lunch break naps, a huge breathtaking moonroof, an 18-speaker Bang & & Olufsen Unleashed audio system with SiriusXM 360L, plus a creative full-width lockable storage box that lives below the rear seat and can fold flat when not in use.
Inside, theres more storage, more tech, more poshness.
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Sync 4 with wireless CarPlay, Android Auto and OTA.
Likewise on the tech front, Fords next-generation Sync 4 infotainment exists. Even low-end models receive an 8-inch center screen, a huge update from todays 4.2-inch system. In addition to enhanced processing power and improved natural voice recognition, it features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The latter integrations are even wireless on the premium 12-inch-screen setup that comes requirement on higher-trim XLT models and above. The latter also includes a coordinating reconfigurable 12-inch digital gauge cluster with some impressive-looking animations.
In addition to the remainder of the trucks electronics, Sync 4 also allows for over-the-air updates. That indicates clients will be able to not just get the most recent navigation maps, but also download brand-new features, bug patches, powertrain updates, and so on. Ford is currently telegraphing one significant upgrade that it will make readily available in the third quarter of 2021: Active Drive Assist..
F-150 is prepared for Active Drive Assist hands-free driving.
Active Drive Assist is a Level 2 hands-free driving system thats geofenced to be used on divided highways that have actually been HD mapped. Ford says there are over 100,000 miles of these roads available in the United States and Canada.
Yep, you can most likely still get an over-the-air update even out here.
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Purchasers interested in Active Drive Assist on their F-150 will have to pay for a prep set up front– the latter bundles hardware that makes it possible for another new safety feature, Intersection Assist, which helps motorists prevent errantly pulling into approaching traffic when making a left turn. When the tech becomes offered, an over-the-air upgrade or a dealer-performed software reflash will allow the brand-new capability.
As far as we understand, Active Drive Assist will be the most innovative partly automated drive assist in the truck market when becomes available. Elon Musk and the Tesla Cybertruck might actually have something to say about this when it strikes the market in late 2021, naturally, however todays Autopilot stays a hands-on system, although it is not geofenced to operate in particular locations.
2021 F-150 uses advanced safety equipment and video cameras galore.
The brand-new F-150 includes Fords CoPilot 360 2.0 suite of advanced motorist assist systems. Even low-end XL models get pre-collision help with automated emergency situation braking and pedestrian detection, as well as headlamps with auto on/off and automated high beams. XLT designs get lane-keep help, in addition to reverse sensors and brand-new safeguards like reverse brake-assist and a post-impact braking feature. A detailed self-park system is also offered.
In trailering-minded safety news, Ford has likewise ported over a variety of functions introduced on the most recent F-Series Super Duty trucks. That consists of a lot of new rear cam angles for much easier carrying, in addition to Trailer Theft Alert and Trailer Light Check, the latter 2 being accessible through the FordPass phone app.
These trims are excellent and all, but how about showing us the new Raptor?
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Ford F-150 prepares for a Tesla Cybertruck rival.
Its appealing to conclude that the 2021 Ford F-150 boils down to more advancement than revolution. That notion makes sense thinking about the last-generation trucks radical leap into aluminum construction and engine downsizing. Plus, Fords F-Series designs have actually typically had significant action changes followed up by generations that merely fine-tune a style. This alternating innovate/iterate cycle has been crucial to F-150s success, familiarity and dependability..
The reality with this brand-new generation lies someplace in the middle, nevertheless..
While the 2021 Ford F-150s look at very first appear like it could be midcycle facelift rather of a generational modification, major infusions of new tech, including the PowerBoost hybrid hardware, Pro Power OnBoard, OTA and Active Drive Assist are not only bold brand-new functions for the class, they help set the technological table for Fords upcoming all-electric F-150 which is due in 2022.

The 2021 Ford F-150 has actually just rolled under the klieg lights at a special event with host Denis Leary on Thursday, and its time to take a more detailed look. In the relocation from todays model to this new 14th-generation truck, Fords designers have provided one of the more conservative visual overhauls weve seen out of the F-Series lineup in years. Even if youre not a normal truck fan, you may be interested to learn about how this brand-new pickup sets the technological table for Fords coming Tesla Cybertruck rival, the all-electric F-150, due at some point in 2022.