It isn’t every day that you get a significant update to the venerable Ford F-150, but today is just such a day: The company has unveiled the latest model of its aluminum-bodied workhorse to the world for 2021, and we have as many details as Ford saw fit to provide.
The short of it is this: Subtle styling updates (very, very subtle) cover a steel chassis that’s using carryover powertrains and basically not much different — all of it wrapping a new interior that looks like it’s received some love in the form of nicer materials, state-of-the-art technology and new multimedia systems. But the details Ford has focused on are good ones, and they show a focus on customer feedback to upgrade and improve the F-150.
The biggest news is the addition of an all-new, first-ever F-150 hybrid, which uses a 35-kilowatt motor sandwiched into the 10-speed automatic transmission and a liquid-cooled 1.5-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack located under the rear cabin floor. We yet don’t know what kind of fuel economy the hybrid might bring, but Ford says it’s targeting more than 700 miles of range and a max towing capacity of more than 12,000 pounds for the Hybrid.
The addition of the hybrid has also brought another new feature, Ford’s Pro Power Onboard integrated generator system. There are three versions of this with increasing levels of capability, the maximum version able to provide a whopping 7,200 watts of power through a 240-volt, 30-amp outlet in the truck’s bed — enough to power most peoples’ entire home in an emergency.
Inside, the new Max Recline front-seat option creates nearly flat 180-degree beds out of the front seats, while the Interior Work Surface option folds the shifter flat into the center console and reveals a big table for working or lunching on. Ford’s Sync 4 multimedia system debuts in the new truck, and the driver assist systems have been given an upgrade too — from the standard safety features to a new semi-autonomous, hands-free cruise control.
There’s a lot more Ford has done to keep the new 2021 F-150 fresh and relevant, so head on over to Cars.com sister site PickupTrucks.com via the related link above for all the details and a lot more information.
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