Familiar Friends and One Bright New Change
Under the hood of the 2021 Ford F-150, there are relatively few changes, and the engine lineup continues to include almost all of the proven options from the previous model. Among these old friends are the base 3.3L V6 engine, the upgraded 2.7L EcoBoost, the large 5.0L V8, the powerful 3.5L EcoBoost, and the high torque 3.0L turbodiesel. However, there is one radical new powertrain option for the 2021 Ford F-150. This is a full hybrid system known as the 3.5L PowerBoost. Although hybrids have a reputation for being underpowered, nothing could be further from the truth where the 3.5L PowerBoost is concerned. This is actually the top powertrain option for the 2021 Ford F-150 and supplements the already impressive 3.5L EcoBoost engine with a 35-kilowatt electric motor and 1.5-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. Together, this system provides incredible levels of horsepower and torque and gives the hybrid 2021 Ford F-150 its maximum tow rating of over 12,000 pounds. And while the 3.5L PowerBoost brings new levels of capability to the Ford F-150, it also makes it the most fuel-efficient truck on the market. This allows drivers who select this revolutionary powertrain to go further and work longer than ever before.
Pro Power Onboard Generator
Another new feature of the 2021 Ford F-150 is its available Pro Power Onboard Generator feature. This option eliminates the need to carry a generator to the job site or campground since the truck itself can now provide all of the power that might be required no matter the situation. In trucks with the traditional powertrains, this integrated generator can supply up to 2-kilowatts of power through a pair of 120-volt 20-amp power outlets located in the rear of the bed. However, trucks with the PowerBoost hybrid powertrain can supply up to 7.2-kilowatts of power through four 120 volt 20 amp outlets as well as a single NEMA 240 volt 30 amp outlet. The Pro Power Onboard Generator system is also tied to the FordPass app, allowing it to be monitored remotely from any smartphone.
All-New Technology in the Ford F-150
The all-new 2021 Ford F-150 is a truck that was built for the digital age. Inside its cab are some of the largest screens available on any vehicle, and the software and supporting technologies are equally advanced. The first thing that stands out upon climbing into this truck is the massive central infotainment screen. Although its tablet-sized 12-inch screen might not technically be the largest in the segment, this screen comes standard on over half of the trim levels of the 2021 Ford F-150, while the competition mainly offers its largest displays as options. Further, even the base trim of the 2021 Ford F-150 now comes standard with an 8-inch touch screen instead of the small display commonly found in base model trucks. These large new infotainment screens allow the 2021 Ford F-150 to provide improved driver awareness when navigating or making use of its multiple camera angles for backing up or maneuvering in tight corners.
Driver awareness is further enhanced in trucks equipped with the optional 12-inch digital instrument cluster. This high-resolution full-color screen resembles the instrument clusters found in high-end sports cars and provides more information more clearly than a traditional analog setup. However, larger screens are only a small aspect of the technology now available in the Ford F-150.
A New Infotainment System
Behind the screens is the brand new Ford Sync 4 infotainment software. This cutting edge cloud-based system has twice the computing power of the previous system and includes advanced natural voice recognition for easy hands-free use of its many features. But for those who prefer to use their hands, the touch screens in the 2021 Ford F-150 have been specifically designed for use while wearing work gloves.
Navigation is not only available for the Ford Sync 4 system; it includes state of the art cloud-based connectivity for up to date maps and traffic conditions. In fact, the entire computer network inside the 2021 Ford F-150 receives over the air wireless updates through its embedded 4G LTE modem. This is a first for a full-size truck and ensures that every 2021 Ford F-150 will continue to offer cutting edge software throughout its life. This modem can also be used to provide internet to no fewer than ten different devices, keeping an entire team or family connected on the go. And of course, the system supports wireless smartphone integration through both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for drivers who spend their days getting in and out of their truck. Finally, many features of the 2021 Ford F-150 can be accessed remotely through the free FordPass downloadable smartphone app, including remote start and climate control settings.
The 2021 F-150, All-New and Better Than Ever
The guiding principle of the 2021 Ford F-150 was to build the most versatile and convenient truck possible. In order to do this, Ford engineers spent time observing Ford F-150 owners across America and seeing how they used their trucks in real-life conditions. This effort paid off, and the 2021 Ford F-150 offers a combination of countless practical features that do not exist in other trucks.
The cabin of the new Ford F-150 has been designed for use as a mobile office with workspace, storage space, and even sleeping space so that you can remain on the job no matter the hour. The innovative new central console features a fold-flat gear shift lever in order to provide an uninterrupted flat surface that can be used for everything from supporting a laptop to having a meal. And under the rear seats is a large lockable storage compartment extending the full width of the cab, allowing you to keep valuable, sensitive, or dangerous items secure and out of sight no matter their size. Finally, the 2021 Ford F-150 offers Max Recline front seats. Not only do these seats fold back almost a full 180 degrees, but the seat bottoms and side bolsters also adjust in order to provide a flat and comfortable place for taking a nap or spending the night.
Incredible Exterior Changes
This careful attention to detail and the addition of convenient features were not confined to the cab. On the outside of the 2021 Ford F-150, there were countless improvements, both small and large, to make it the ultimate work truck. Even the tiniest detail was considered, such as deepening the pockets behind the door handles to make it easier to open them while wearing gloves. The running boards were also extended rearward, providing a handy step up to reach inside the box from over the side. And the available power-folding running boards now extend automatically when they sense the key fob or can be opened manually with a hands-free-kick sensor. The inside surface of the tailgate was also carefully redesigned for maximum utility and now offers a cup holder, a slot for an electronic device, places for writing utensils, and built-in rulers for quick measurements. The new tailgate also includes special areas designed to support C-clamps, allowing it to better serve as a mobile workbench. Finally, the new Ford F-150 offers 360-degree perimeter lighting to make night time jobs easier than ever before.