The 2021 Ford F-150: New Features and Details
The Ford F-150 is a legendary truck. In a line-up of trucks that have shaken or moved the car landscape, it could easily hold the top spot as one of the most iconic trucks of all time. And when one of the best-selling trucks in the US announces that the 2021 Ford F-150 is adding new features, and that it's getting a major redesign to go on sale in 2021, you know it's going to get people talking.
The autosphere has been buzzing about the anticipated changes in the F-150. Ford is fronting the F-150 to take on GMC, Toyota, Nissan, Dodge, and Chevrolet in the truck category. So what can you look forward to if you want to upgrade to the new 2021 F-150?
2021 Ford F-150 New Body
For starters, Ford is ditching the military-grade aluminum body. The new 2021 model is expected to have a tough-as-nails steel frame. This frame will make the basis for its more muscular and more aggressive angle it is going for. It will also have a selection of 11 grilles that you can choose. The body, frontal design, and overall body lift will be capped off with a more boxed design that is bound to give the truck an imposing presence on the road.
2021 Ford F-150 New Body New Interior
The new F-150 is matchless when it comes to interior functionality. If you’re traveling long distances and you feel the need to kick back and relax, the seats fold to nearly 180 degrees. The interior has been refined with a more premium finish, moving from hard plastic to a more luxurious material. Even the under-seat storage area in the back is built for comfort. The gear compartments sink in to make room for a mini table that you can use as a work area.
2021 Ford F-150 Engine Details
Engine-wise, its predecessor, the 2020 F-150 has about 5 options, ranging from a 3.3L V6 to a 5.0L V8. The 2021 F-150 is going to have one more option, a 3.5L Twin Turbo Hybrid V6. This will make the F-150 the sole full hybrid pickup. Diesel users will be happy to see the return of the 3.0-liter V6 PowerStroke. The hybrid engine is set to take on the Ram’s eTorque. All the engine options in the 2021 F-150 will be complemented by a 10-speed transmission. You can expect a 47-horsepower motor and a self-charging battery pack in the transmission. There is not much information about how much it will tow or haul but potential numbers indicate somewhere in the 12,000 pounds region.
Speaking of power, Ford is attempting to make this a complete value for money package. Since a lot of F-150 owners use these trucks for work as well, they’re making the truck a generator on wheels. Power will come from the hybrid battery. The 2.4kW of power can be accessed via the 4 120V AC ports on the flatbed. Additionally, users can opt for the 7.2kW that will come from the engine when the battery runs out of juice. The power can be accessed through the 30A/240V outlet on the flatbed. Granted, the engine will be running but users can be guaranteed of clean energy on-site. The EcoBoost V6 and V8 non-hybrid variants will supply 2.4kW of power.
Infotainment and Smart Center
The interior is also getting a major upgrade. It might be a work truck but the 2021 F-150 is coming in smart. You can look forward to a better SYNC-4 system that utilizes Wi-Fi to give you Over-The-Air updates. You can also expect secure infotainment and driver-assist systems. The Active Driver Assist might come in later after updates although there will be a kit that comes with the car fresh off the production line. The infotainment system would not be complete without screens. The XL and XLT versions come with 8-inch screens while the XLT Lux comes with a 12-inch screen.
The smart system will enable drivers to automatically engage emergency braking, detect pedestrians, receive warnings on forward collisions, start the track on hills and engage auto high-beam headlights. Other features such as adaptive cruise control, automatic reverse braking, blindspot monitors will still be available in the new model.
The interior pays homage with a map of Detroit in the XLT Sport. This is in line with the decision to keep the production in Ford’s Detroit plant. It is one of the manufacturers in its category to retain localized production, with other automakers moving some of their production to Mexico. Production at the Michigan plant is expected to start in September, pending a commercial role out in June. The Kansas plant is set to begin production in October. This is in contrast to initial reports that it would roll out in May.
The Ford F-150 will be looking to take its place as a formidable truck both in practical use and in luxury. And with an expected price tag of between $30000 and $70000, it will be worth every penny.
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