2021 Ford F 150 Revealed: New hybrid engine, OTA updates and other handy tech

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Karan Rawat 

Automotive Journalist

June 30, 2020  at 11:04 AM

The 2021 Ford F-150 arrives with an all-new hybrid powertrain. Also, it comes equipped with ingenious features that increase productivity and new technology like over-the-air updates and the SYNC 4 infotainment system. The F series pickups have been favorite among buyers and the new generation makes it more capable with a base price of $31,000.

Ford unveils it's 2021 F150 - fourteenth generation of America's best-selling vehicle for the last 43 years in the F-series lineup. It accounted for almost 40 percent of the blue ovals sales last year. You might be astounded after knowing that it offers eleven different grille designs among thirteen trim options.

Some other notable updates include a "Powerboost" hybrid powertrain with handy work and recreational features. Now you can leave your generator at home because of the pro-power onboard power supply which lets you run multiple types of electric equipment with from the bed with a work-desk oriented tailgate.

Pricing: 2021 Ford F-150

Ford has not announced the pricing for different trims but be prepared to see a slight bump in every variant after the new updates. It will land at dealerships later this year. The speculated prices are given below:

  • XL: $31,090
  • XLT: $36,105
  • Lariat: $45,095
  • King Ranch: $55,335
  • Platinum: $57,865
  • Limited: $70,080

What’s new on the outside?

Each panel of the unique and sturdy exterior is redesigned while keeping its bold look, giving 2021 F150 a powerful stance. The new updates include a headlamp redesign, a new power dome hood, and wrap-around bumpers. Higher front fenders and tires pulled out three-quarters of an inch. 

The front and rear fender also sit a little bit higher than the forerunner. Aerodynamic grille shutters and electronically deployed air dam with an improved tailgate and cab design helps to reduce drag and improve fuel efficiency.

The optional Pro Power onboard generator will have a 2.0-kW output available for trucks with conventional gas-powered engines and 2.4 kW standard in the hybrid variant, which can be increased to 7.4 kW. There are innovative cleats mounted to the sides of the tailgate to act as tie-down locations for extra-long items in the bed, and optional flat Tailgate Worksurface comes with an integrated ruler and mobile device holders, etc.

What’s new on the inside?

Apart from focussing on towing and payload capacity, Ford is keen on making the F-150 to match with any European luxury vehicle on the inside. An 8.0-inch infotainment screen is standard with the new SYNC4 infotainment system. You get wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration as standard in every trim. Y'all can also opt for a bigger screen 12.0-inch display, which beautifully complements the digital dashboard.

Like the OTA(over-the-air updates) to provide totally new feature in Tesla, Ford equips the 2021 F150 with a similar ability. It helps to include all-new functions and added features throughout the life of the truck. The optional stowaway shifter has indeed entered production, providing for the center console to fold out and build a completely flat work surface to put your laptop or have a meal between your shifts.

Max Recline Seats are optional in King Ranch, Limited, and Platinum, which folds flat to nearly 180 degrees as many of us will like to nap in between the hustle-bustle of day to day activities. Why not?

Engine- Hybrid powertrain available

The Powerboost 3.5-liter hybrid V6 powertrain mated to 1.5 kW battery is targeted to produce the maximum torque and horsepower of any light-duty full-size pickup. The base F-150 is the only light-duty full-size pickup to offer a full hybrid. It suggests an estimated range of roughly 700 miles on a single tank of gas and will deliver at least 12,000 pounds of maximum towing capacity. The 10-speed automatic transmission is calibrated, especially for truck use, including drive modes like tow/haul to help buyers manage to tow huge trailers.

The other engine options include a fuel-efficient turbodiesel, two turbocharged V6s, and a tried-and-tested V8, all of them come mated to the same ten-speed automatic transmission.

The electric motor applies regenerative braking energy to help recharge the 1.5- kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. It is efficiently packed between the frame rails of the cargo bed that makes the cab spacious for passengers.

Safety Technology

All-new F-150 offers the latest driver-assist features as part of Ford Co-Pilot360. More features are now standard on XL, including Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Detection. The 2021F-150 also adds ten new driver-assist features and is the only pickup to offer Active Drive Assist, which allows for hands-free driving on more than 100,000 miles. Other new available features include Intersection Assist, Active Park Assist 2.0

Final Verdict

The 2020 Ford F-150 is a classic example of the raw yet modernized full-size pickup truck. They have transformed into luxury cruise machines, and the 2020 Ford F-150 has not fallen behind the and remained up to date against every rival.

Also, Read

2020 Ford F-150 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

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