INTRODUCTION

The Ford F-150 has been completely redesigned for 2021. Head to tail, every panel of this truck is new. Inside and out, Ford has outdone itself. We’re talking about a new hybrid engine, space to work or sleep inside the truck, power for tools, exterior zone lighting, and tons of safety and tech features.



NEW FOR 2021:

One of the most exciting changes for the 2021 Ford F-150 is the addition of a 3.5L PowerBoost Full Hybrid V6 Engine. It’s assisted by a 35-kW electric motor and paired with a Hybrid Electronic Ten-Speed Automatic Transmission. With an estimated range of up to 700 miles, gone are the days when you’re worried about where you’ll find the next gas station. This engine is the only full-hybrid system in its class.

This year Ford is adding Auto Hold to the lineup. This awesome feature keeps your brakes compressed for you while you sit at a light or in the drive-thru, then releases the brakes when you tap the gas pedal to move forward.

The last major change for 2021 is the demise of the Electronic Six-Speed Automatic Transmission. It’s being replaced with a 10-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission that pairs with every engine except the PowerBoost.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

This year Ford offers 6 engines:

  • 3.3L V6 PFDI with Auto Start-Stop Technology and Flex-Fuel Capability
  • 2.7L V6 EcoBoost® with Auto Start-Stop Technology
  • 5.0L V8 with Auto Start-Stop Technology and Flex-Fuel Capability
  • 3.5L V6 EcoBoost® with Auto Start-Stop Technology
  • 3.0L 4 Valve DOHC Power Stroke® V6 Turbo Diesel with Auto Start-Stop Technology– Late Availability
  • 3.5L PowerBoost Full Hybrid V6 Engine with a 35-kW electric motor

While we don’t have numbers yet, Ford claims that their new hybrid engine will not only have a 700 mile driving range, but it will also offer best-in-class torque and horsepower ratings. As well as being able to tow over 12,000 lbs.

All engines are paired with a 10-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission, with the hybrid engine paired to an Electronic Ten-Speed Automatic Transmission.

The 2021 Ford F-150 is ready to take you anywhere you need to go with 6 different drive modes to tackle every condition.

Drive modes:

  • Tow/Haul
  • Deep sand/snow
  • Mud/trail
  • Slippery
  • Normal
  • Rock Crawl (with the FX4 package)

One thing to note—the 2021 F-150 Turbo Diesel won’t be available at launch.

NEW FOR 2021

New Paint Colors

  • Antimatter Blue
  • Carbonized Gray
  • Guard
  • Kodiak Brown
  • Smoked Quartz Tinted Clearcoat
  • Space White

Deleted Paint Colors

  • Abyss Gray
  • Blue Jean
  • Magma Red
  • Magnetic
  • Silver Spruce

Ford is brightening things up a little this year with LED Box Lighting w/ Zone Lighting. Forget the flashlights — LED Box Lighting shows you everything you have in the truck bed while Zone Lighting illuminates areas surrounding the perimeter of the truck. You can adjust which zones you prefer to be lighted from inside the truck or with the FordPass app on your phone. This feature comes optional on XLT, and standard on XLT High package, Lariat, King Ranch® and Platinum.

The new F-150 makes work easier with its new Power Tailgate (Tailgate Step and Tailgate Work Surface). We’ll talk more about this later, but we think it’s a pretty exciting addition to this year’s model. We only wish that it came standard on more trim levels than the King Ranch® High trim and Limited. You can get the Power Tailgate as an option on the Lariat, King Ranch® Base model, and Platinum Base, but if you’re looking at an XL or XLT you’re out of luck.

This year you can keep everything safe and easily accessible with an available RetractableTonneau Pickup Box Cover.

STYLING, CONFIGURATIONS, & CUSTOMIZATION

Every exterior body panel on the 2021 F-150 has been re-examined and re-designed to make what Ford calls the most aerodynamic F-150 ever created. With the wheels pulled out almost an inch, a more pronounced beltline, a bolder face, and larger wheel arches, this truck boasts a sleeker and more muscular look than the previous generation. Both headlights and taillights now carry Ford’s distinct “C-clamp” design.

Looking to customize your new F-150? Choose from a plethora of configurations and options.

Make this truck your own with 11 different grilles and 13 different wheel options. Take advantage of features like the available Kick Switch Activated Power Running Boards that go along the side of the truck and automatically lowers as you approach with the key in your pocket. Don’t have your key? Just throw a foot out and kick the switch to activate it. Don’t forget the LED headlights, LED fog lights, and LED daytime running lights. The future is bright!

Regular Cab

  • Comes with a front bench and seats up to 3
  • 6.5 or 8 ft box
  • 4x4 or 4x2

Super Cab

  • Comes with a front and back bench and seats up to 6
  • Has 2 or 4 doors - the back doors not being full size
  • 6.5 or 8 ft box
  • 4x4 or 4x2

Super Crew

  • Comes with a front and back bench and seats up to 6
  • Has 4 doors
  • 5.5 or 6.5 ft box
  • 4x4 or 4x2

NEW FOR 2021:

New Interior Colors

  • Medium Dark Slate - XL, XLT, Lariat
  • Bja Tan - XLT, Lariat
  • Carmelo - Platinum
  • Admiral Blue - Limited

Deleted Interior Colors

  • Medium Earth Gray
  • Medium Light Camel
  • Dark Earth Gray
  • Dark Marsala
  • Camelback

Ford is taking the F-150’s interior to a new level this year. Interior appointments have been upgraded, premium materials have been used throughout the cabin, and more storage has been interspersed all around - including a double glove box and fold-flat, lockable storage under the rear bench seat.

If your truck doubles as your office, you’ll appreciate some of the F-150’s latest innovative features. Life just got a whole lot easier with the available Interior Work Surface. Push a button and the shift lever folds flat, allowing the center console to fold forward and become a large flat work surface. It’s the perfect size to handle a laptop, paperwork, lunch, or any of the stuff you need to get the job done. The best part is, you’ll find this feature on every trim level.

2021 Ford F-150 Interior

Need a break after an early start? The console isn’t the only thing that folds flat. Ford’s new Max Recline Seating offers the perfect place for a power nap. Just put the truck in park, fold up the rear seats, and recline the front seat all the way back to lie flat. If you’re a camper, road tripper, or general napper, make sure to get the King Ranch trim or higher to take advantage of a bed that goes everywhere you do. Take note, this feature won’t be available at launch, so you’ll have to exercise a little patience.

Inside the 2021 F-150 you’ll find some unique details that set this truck apart. All-new rectangle air vents, an updated HVAC interface, a new steering wheel, and unique accents (including a really cool American Flag detail on the sides of the dash). If an 8 inch screen doesn’t cut it for you, go with the optional 12 inch screen. You can also opt for one of two audio upgrades to the tune of eight or eighteen Bang & Olufsen speakers, both with HD radio. And don’t forget the wireless charging station!

The bed of the 2021 Ford F-150 deserves a section of its own.

PRO POWER ONBOARD

Let’s talk about the Available Pro Power Onboard. Pro Power Onboard supplies upto 7.2 kW of power from an onboard generator to outlets mounted on the inside of the truck bed, as well as in-cabin plugs. Tools on the jobsite, lights when camping, tailgating accoutrements, and more will run on the power provided by the truck.

“How exactly does it work,” you ask? Pro Power OnBoard basically turns your truck into a generator. The 35kW electric motor utilizes regenerative braking capture and works with the engine to charge a 1.5kW-hr lithium-ion battery. Pro Power On Board then provides a 2.4kW or 7.2kW inverter that converts direct current from the battery to standard alternating current that’s used for power tools, lights, camping, etc.

2021 Ford F-150 Powerboost Diagram

Okay, enough of the technical mumbo jumbo. What does this mean for you?

There are three options for Pro Power OnBoard:

  • 2 kW inverter that delivers 110v
    • Works with gasoline engines
    • Includes upto 4 standard outlets
  • 2.4 kW inverter that delivers 20 amps of 110v electricity
    • Works with the hybrid engine
    • Includes up to 4 standard outlets
    • 85 hour runtime on a tank of gas
  • 7.2kw inverter delivers 30 amps of 240v
    • Works with the hybrid engine
    • Includes upto 4 standard outlets and a 240v outlet
    • 35 hour run-time on a tank of gas

Pro Power OnBoard works when you’re parked and while you’re driving—you can charge your tools as you head over to the next job. Initially, ProPower OnBoard will use the energy stored in the battery. Once that’s depleted, the truck will turn on to start powering the generator. If there is a large draw on power, the truck engine will rev to increase RPMs and meet the demand. The truck will continue to idle and provide power to outlets as long as the truck has gas—anywhere between 35 and 85 hours.

If your camper, Pro Power OnBoard will power your camping trailer. Leave the portable generator at home and let F-150 power your fridge, freezer, microwave, AC unit, cell phones, and all of the other things that make for a successful weekend in the mountains. Use the FordPass app to monitor and control the load on each circuit, and to turn things on and off. And don’t worry about someone driving off with your new truck. You can lock the truck while it’s on generator mode, so it’s not going anywhere.

2021 Ford F-150 Pro Power Onboard

Whether you’re on the jobsite, camping, or DIY-ing it at home, Pro Power OnBoard is a new level of convenience to get it done.

Early pricing for the Pro Power Onboard option ranges from $750 to $995, depending on the trim.

TAILGATE WORK SURFACE

It’s never been easier to get the job done on the go. With the new available Tailgate Work Surface, you’ve got what you need at your fingertips. Pro Power OnBoard supplies power to just about any power tool you’ll need to use in the field, while charging batteries for others at the same time. Clamp pockets along the edge of the gate make it easy to hold materials down when you need to measure or saw. Tie down cleats (that double as bottle openers) are easy to access and convenient when you’re on the job or on a break. Always forgetting where you set something down? This F-150’s tailgate has a place for your phone, your pencils, your cup, and is designed with built-in ruler markings. Work more efficiently with a place for everything and everything in its place.

Not only does the 2021 F-150 come available with a power open and close tailgate, you can also opt for the Tailgate Step. No more slogging your way up and down and up and down. Just pull the Tailgate Step forward out of the bumper and you can step right up onto the tailgate.

FORD CO-PILOT360

In 2018 Ford introduced the Ford Co-Pilot360 -- an advanced suite of standard driver-assist technologies. Over the last couple of years, this awesome suite of features has only gotten better. It now includes:

  • Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
    • Pedestrian Detection
    • Forward Collision Warning
    • Dynamic Brake Support
  • Autolamp – Auto On/Off Headlamps
  • Auto High Beams
  • Lane-Keeping System
  • Rear View Camera with Dynamic Hitch Assist

FORD CO-PILOT360 2.0

For 2021 Ford is taking the next step forward with the Ford Co-Pilot 2.0. You’ll find everything that was in the original system and more. It now includes:

  • Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
    • Pedestrian Detection
    • Forward Collision Warning
    • Dynamic Brake Support
  • Auto High Beams
  • Lane-Keeping System
    • Lane-Keeping Alert
    • Lane-Keeping Aid
    • Driver Alert
  • Rear View Camera
  • BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Reverse Brake Assist
  • Reverse Sensing System
  • Post-Collision Braking

FORD CO-PILOT360 ASSIST 2.0

Higher end models of the 2021 Ford F-150 will include the Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist 2.0. At this point, the truck is pretty much driving itself for you. This suite of features includes:

  • Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go
  • Lane Centering and Speed Sign Recognition
  • Evasive Steering Assist
  • Intersection Assist
  • Voice-Activated Navigation Touchscreen

FORD CO-PILOT360 ACTIVE 2.0 PREP PACKAGE

The most advanced Co-Pilot360 features come in the Ford Co-Pilot360 Active 2.0 Prep Package. With this package you’ll get:

  • Active Park Assist 2.0
  • Active Drive Assist Prep K
  • 360-Degree Camera with Split View and Front Washer

Active Park Assist will help you park in those tight spots, whether perpendicular or parallel. Simply put your truck in neutral, push the button, and your truck will guide itself safely into the parking space using a 360 degree camera to monitor its surroundings.

2021 Ford F-150 Technology

Active Drive Assist is probably Ford’s most advanced feature to date. Active Drive Assist allows the driver to drive hands-free on over 100,000 miles of highway. This system uses a camera to monitor the driver’s eyes to ensure awareness while going hands-free. Although not available until the third quarter of 2021, you can still order the prep kit so your truck will be ready as soon as this feature is released.

OTHER COOL FEATURES

  • Trailer Theft Alert for the FordPass App
  • Available Pro Trailer Backup Assist
  • Available Trailer Reverse Guidance Uses High Resolution Cameras to provide multiple views along with steering graphics to assist in backing and maneuvering a conventional trailer.
  • Available BLIS with Trailer Coverage--Blind Spot Information System with Trailer Coverage alerts you if a vehicle is detected in your truck’s or trailer’s blind spot.
  • Available Telescoping Trailer Tow Mirrors
  • Rear View Camera with Dynamic Hitch Assist
  • Hill Start Assist
  • MyKey restricts top speed, max audio volume, and requires a seatbelt
    • Perimeter Anti-Theft Alarm
  • Intelligent Access with Push-button Start (incl. Approach Detection and SecuriCode Keyless-Entry Keypad)
  • Integrated Trailer Brake Controller
  • Remote Start System with Remote Tailgate Release
  • High-Intensity LED Security Approach Lamps
  • Adaptive Steering
  • Auto High Beams with Rain-Sensing Wipers
  • 360-Degree Camera
  • Birds eye view camera

INFOTAINMENT AND CONNECTIVITY

SYNC 4 is the software that runs Ford’s latest infotainment technology. It’s displayed on a standard 8 inch or optional 12 inch touchscreen. The touchscreen is designed to respond even when wearing work gloves. SYNC 4 comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 4G LTE modem that provides wifi access for upto 10 devices. Wireless connection allows you to control your phone’s screen from the vehicle’s touchscreen. Conversational voice recognition allows you to interact with SYNC 4 naturally, while remaining in control of the vehicle. Send texts, make calls, or ask for directions from the available Cloud-Based Navigation at any time.

Since SYNC 4 provides for cloud-based connectivity, every Ford F-150 will get over-the-air updates. Gone are the days when you had to take your truck into the dealership for a software update. Updates will be made seamlessly and instantaneously as-needed, without ever disrupting the driver. Cloud-based connectivity also allows for real-time traffic and weather updates and onboard telematics for fleet customers to help track vehicle location and usage.

Not sure how to work something? Check out the digital owner’s manual that contains in-depth information on the vehicle features and how-to videos and more.

Every new Ford F-150 will have the capability to connect your phone to your vehicle with Ford’s app, FordPass connect. Start/stop, lock/unlock, check your vehicle’s stats for oil, fuel, mileage, maintenance, or even create a start schedule for your truck, all through the app.

2021 Ford F-150 Towing

Although Ford hasn’t released the new F-150’s towing payload capacities, they do say that the new hybrid engine will be able to tow 12,000 lbs. Other than that, we expect numbers to be similar to 2020 models, which maxes out towing 13,200 pounds and carrying a payload of 3,200 pounds when properly equipped.

2021 Ford F-150 Pro Power Onboard 2021 Ford F-150 Pro Power Onboard

FUEL ECONOMY

We’re still waiting on fuel economy stats from the EPA, but we do know that Ford’s new PowerBoost Hybrid engine intends to go upto 700 miles on a single tank, which we’ll admit is pretty darn impressive.


WARRANTY

Ford will most likely maintain its standard warranty offerings for the 2021 model year. It’s current warranty covers:

  • Limited bumper-to-bumper warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
  • No complimentary scheduled maintenance

RAPTOR

Details about the new Raptor are yet to be released. We’re not sure when the next Raptor will be unveiled, but with the reveal of the new F-150 and Bronco, the Raptor will have to wait for its day in the sun.


WHAT COMES NEXT?

Hybrid technology has come a long way, but questions about an all-electric truck are circling. We’re told that a fully electric Ford truck is definitely in the works, and we could possibly see it coming within the next two years. With companies like Tesla, GMC, and Rivian working to get their trucks to market, we’re confident Ford will hold its own in the race to the finish line. Although there may be some doubt as to the utility of a fully electric truck, we’re excited to see what Ford will do with the possibilities.