2021 Ford F-150 is a better tech-heavy workhorse
Ford F-150 is easily one of the biggest success stories in the automotive world. The full-size pickup truck sells like hotcakes in the United States. So when the time has come to refresh the F-150 for 2021, Ford has not completely overhauled the proven design. Instead, they have chosen to skip radical exterior changes for major upgrades under the skin, including the addition of features to make the workhorse an even better one.
While updating the exterior of the 2021 F-150, Ford has not completely let go of the current truck’s design. The headlights and tail lights get minor tweaks while the hood and the doors get a thorough redesign. As many as 11 grill options and numerous wheel options are offered with the 2021 Ford F-150. The interior gets some updates in the form of a large 12.0-inch touchscreen along with a digital instrument cluster. The climate control knobs on the centre console get a refresh too.
Major changes in the 2021 Ford F-150 are mostly oriented to improve the functional capabilities of the truck. It starts off with a new Pro Power Onboard generator, which helps the owners to run a variety of electrical appliances through plugs located inside the pickup bed. The 2021 Ford F-150 petrol comes with a 2 kW Pro Power setup good enough to power an electric heater, TV, portable speakers, a mini-fridge and a blender, all at the same time. Hybrid models of the new F-150 get a 2.4-kW setup as standard or a 7.2-kW set up as an option. The 7.2 kW system is good enough to power almost all the tools a construction crew might need.
The pickup bed also comes with a bunch of tricks up its sleeve. This includes a Tailgate Work Surface that converts the open tailgate into a platform for cutting lumber and other tasks. Along with the bed, Ford also added the Pro Trailer Backup Assist with a more advanced suite of cameras and telematics.
To make the cabin more useful, the new Ford F-150 can be added with what’s aptly called the Interior Work Surface. This feature includes a folding gear shifter and clamshell centre console that can open up a flat surface that the drivers can work on. If the driver fancies a bit of rest, the Max Recline seats fold down to almost 180 degrees, allowing a person to stretch his/her legs and catch a few winks.
The 2021 Ford F-150 also adds the new Active Driving Assistant, initially announced for the Mustang Mach-E electric crossover. This system adds a certain degree of autonomous driving. The driving assistant is an optional feature, the hardware for which will be available with the truck while the software will be provided later as an over-the-air update.
Powering the 2021 F-150 is a list of engines, starting with the base 3.3-litre V6, mixing in a 3.0-litre turbo diesel V6, and topping off with a naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8. Along with these, the F-150 range also gets hybrid power trains that use the 2.7-litre and 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 engines. The range gets a 10-speed automatic gearbox mated to the engines. Rear-wheel-drive is offered as standard while four-wheel-drive is available.
The new 2021 Ford F-150 will continue to be offered with six trims, starting with the base F-150 XL, followed by the F-150 XLT. The F-150 Lariat sits on top of this, offered only with the SuperCrew or SuperCab body styles. The F-150 King Ranch is the luxury model, with almost all surfaces inside donned in leather. For the ones looking for even more opulence can opt for the Platinum, available only in SuperCrew body style. But the top dog of the range, as always, will be the F-150 Limited, filled to the brim with all the equipment in the F-150 portfolio.
The 2021 Ford F-150 will be launched later this year in the United States while the Middle East launch will probably be early next year.