2021 F-150 Specs & Details
For more than forty years, the F-150 has been the best selling truck in America. Over the years, it has helped millions of Americans get the job done. Like the Mustang, the F-150 is the backbone of what has helped Ford Motor Company become the company it is today. For the last five years, Ford pushed the boundaries of what an F-150 could become. During this time, it became the best selling F-150 ever to roll out of the legendary Ford Rouge plant in Dearborn, Michigan. Using technology such as military-grade aluminum allows for the body panels, a plethora of engine options from the infamous 5.0L Coyote V8, 3.5L EcoBoost, and 3.0L Powerstroke Diesel, F-150 engineers, made it a mission to create the most prolific half-ton pickup to date.
Just when every F150 enthusiast thinks that Ford can’t begin to outperform themselves, they come out with the next best thing! As of June 2020, Ford just launched the fourteenth generation F-150 to become the toughest, most sophisticated, and advanced F-150 to ever hit American roads. Revised with an all-new design and body from front to back, with an even more bold front fascia, this F-150 is here to say, “I mean business and get out of my way.” Built with a more sturdy full boxed frame and more robust aluminum alloy body, this motto of Built Ford Tough is here to stay!
Team Steeda is ecstatic to give you a full breakdown of our thoughts on the latest and greatest American truck icon!
2021 F-150 Video Overview
What’s New With the 2021 F-150?
There’s no doubt that the 2021 F-150 takes innovation and technology to an entirely new level. With many of the spy shots floating around since late 2019, truck enthusiasts were excited to see new features like the massive touch screen in the dash, 12” digital gauge cluster, 180-degree reclining seats, and much more. Ford has coined the 2021 F-150 as the most productive F-150 ever!
One aspect of this F-150 that sets itself apart from previous generations is that Ford engineers took the time to get in on the ground level with current-generation F-series owners to learn the truck's weaknesses. This gave engineers a scope into real-life data that could help them solve even the smallest issues - like making the door handles deeper so drivers with work gloves on could easily open and close the door. Additionally, the gear shift handle can fold down into the console allowing for a flat work surface to work from your driver’s seat with your laptop or notepad. Ford really did pay attention to the small details in this iteration of the F-150 - helping future owners every step of the way.
2021 F-150 Exterior
The previous-generation F-150, this truck hit the market with a bold design that revolutionized what an F-150 could be in terms of efficiency, aerodynamics, and styling. This design language continues throughout the entire exterior of the 2021 F-150. At first glance, you can tell that compared to recent years, the F-150 looks wider and has a more broad stance on the outgoing model. Ford states that it is almost a quarter of an inch more extensive in track width than the friendly generation truck. It will not only help in cornering, handling, and towing, but will allow consumers to have more confidence in various road conditions whether you’re on or off-road. We weren’t sure they were going to carry over the multiple grille choices you can choose from, luckily this trend continues with a staggering 11 different grille options depending on what model you want from XL to Limited.
From the front of the all-new 2021 F150, bright Ford designers wanted everyone to know that this truck means business. Over the years, truck engineers at Ford have always made a statement with exterior design and functionality. We can tell that Ford wanted technology to be a major focal point throughout the vehicle, and this trend is now pushed to the exterior. Each pickup will receive the option of LED daytime running lamps with the choice of choosing LED headlamps as well. It will most likely also determine what truck model you want, from our experience it will most likely start with the XLT as there is going to be a choice for an XLT Lux model, what this exactly means remains to be seen.
We’re happy to see that Ford continued to utilize the Sport Appearance Package, which has been an absolute success within the F150 enthusiast community. Furthermore, the Special Edition Package combined with the Sport Appearance Package makes an F-150 look sinister. If you’re as familiar with the last generation as we are, the cab configuration is predominately the same throughout. Ford states that every panel is new on the truck, so we’ll take their word for it. We think that the lineage stays true to what an F-150 has been over the years, just continuing to get bolder and sophisticated with every generation.
Looking at the rear, not much has changed from the outgoing model. We can see that it is different from the previous generation. The more prominent stamped F-150 badging, including the “C” shaped headlights, come into the taillights, which we think is a fantastic touch when looking at it from a design language standpoint. The overall profile from the rear still takes directly from the 2015-2020 F-150 years. As we mentioned, it can be seen closely that the track width does play a role even when looking at the Ford pickup from the rear.
From all viewpoints on the F-150, it is clear that Ford was not playing around at all, knowing they had to set the bar yet again. Everyone at Steeda is pleased with how the exterior design was executed. We look forward to getting up close and personal to seeing the exterior details more when the truck is released this Fall 2020.
2021 F-150 Engines
From an F-150 enthusiast standpoint, the first thing that comes to mind from any traditionalist truck owner can choose an all-American V8 under your right foot. Steeda is happy to announce to the F-150 community that this trend continues with the legendary 5.0L “Coyote” V8.
Furthermore, Ford is introducing six engine options throughout the entire lineup of F150; this is the most ever-offered among the over forty years the truck has been available to the public. With modern technology getting more sophisticated and advanced, engineers had to move forward with the times.
Something was telling us that Ford engineers were working on something so advanced with their commitment to getting more efficiency while retaining functionality. Introducing the PowerBoost, this is the very first hybrid F-150 to ever debut into a full-size truck in the history of Ford Motor Company.
Now, Team Steeda is looking for new performance options at every turn, and yes, we prefer the boost of the EcoBoost or the raw power of the legendary Coyote V8. Something has to be said for this technological marvel that Ford has accomplished. Starting with the legendary 3.5L EcoBoost V6 that has been in F-150 modes since the early 2010s, this variant is supplemented by a hybrid electric motor that creates a staggering 47 horsepower the electric motors themselves. This creates a truck that can power every tool, camping accessory, and electronics by having an internal generator within the car, so lugging around a bulky generator any longer.
With an EPA estimated range of 700 miles, this Ford legend is the first time any has been able to come out of the factory with this amount of variety. You can quickly tell F-150 engineers were out to set the bar for their competitors and help customers use their tools more on the job site to be more efficient and capable. When you think electric motors, you think torque, this is precisely the case, with a capacity to handle 12,000 pounds of towing, this PowerBoost is ready to boost any load to the job site or trails at a moment's notice. Continuing front of the previous generation is the 3.3L V6 and 3.0L Powerstroke Diesel. They were happy to see Ford has made such a commitment to allowing customers to choose the perfect truck for their lifestyle and needs once again.
2021 F-150 Interior
There’s a lot to be excited about when it comes to the interior of the new 2021 F-150! After all, you spend most of your time behind the steering wheel, so the interior is just as important as the exterior. With that said, Ford really upped the ante when it comes to technology both inside and out with the F-150.
When you’re sitting behind the wheel, the one item that stands out the most would likely be the optional 12-inch digital gauge cluster. Also seen on the new 2020 Ford Explorer, this digital gauge cluster features eye-catching graphics that really make this F-150 feel special. Additionally, you can get a 12-inch horizontally oriented touch screen featuring SYNC 4. This directly competes with the new Dodge Ram’s massive vertically oriented touch screen in the center stack. We’re excited to see this kind of head-to-head between Ford and Dodge’s flagship pickup trucks. Remember, competition drives innovation!
Additionally, depending on the trim level you choose, you can get 180-degree reclining seats. This is a big deal for construction workers who may be working long days and need a quick nap to recharge on break. While you’re recharging on that break, you can also utilize the option to connect up to 10 devices on WiFi, now available on the new F-150! The new 2021 F-150 interior really takes things to a new level. And for those who spend a lot of time behind the wheel, this definitely means a lot!
2021 F-150 Technology
State-of-the-art tech was the theme when it comes to the launch of the new 2021 Ford F-150. The addition of a hybrid option paired with the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 - coined the PowerBoost - is something that has never been offered on a previous F-150. Being “America’s truck” this is a big step forward in more efficiency for these workhorse pickup trucks. With the addition of this new powertrain option, an onboard generator also takes things to a new level for those who use their trucks for what they’re meant to do - get work done!
If your F-150 is equipped with the PowerBoost engine, then it will come standard with a 2.4-kW Pro Power Onboard generator. If you want more, a 7.2-kW generator is also available as an option. For all other engine layouts, a 2.0-kW generator is available as well. All onboard generators are equipped with dual 120V 20-amp outlets in the bed, and the 7.2-kW generator features two additional 120V 20-amp outlets and even a 240V 30-amp outlet for your miter saw or tailgate speaker system! Now, that’s how you get things done!
Additionally, we’ve seen other cool features borrowed from other models. The Focus RS has adaptive headlights that turn with the steering wheel to conform to the curvature of the road. We’re happy to see that this safety feature is also included on certain trim levels of the 2021 F-150 as well.
2021 F-150 At Steeda
Over the last decade, Steeda has been pushing the envelope when it comes to taking your Ford’s driving experience to an entirely new level. That includes the F-150! So we’re excited to see the 2021 F-150 hit the streets and be sure to keep your eyes peeled as we will have a full complement of F-150 parts and even a performance variant of this F-150 from Steeda Performance Vehicles, so stay tuned!
2021 F-150 Photos
F-150 Spy Shots & More
At first glance, we can tell that the supposed 2021 F-150 has a completely revised front fascia. Compared to the outgoing model, it is clearly noticeable that Ford is striving for a more modern and futuristic look. One thing that stands out is a revised grille; it seems that it’s much more narrow than the current model. At this point, all we can tell is that there is one grille option, but something tells us Ford will offer many grille options just as they do now with the current generation. This is a trend we would very much like to see continue.
At further inspection, we can clearly tell a few things:
- There will be a front sensor system in the steel bumper, unlike the current model.
- The side-view mirrors are completely updated styling a much more narrow and wider design from the current generation. At glance, it seems that both of the mirrors have a camera system integrated into them. We think this could be for an updated blind spot monitoring system or an all-new towing feature for added peace of mind.
Now gone are the signature C-Shaped style headlights that we have come to love. In their place are very futuristic headlights that clearly show it is all about sophistication and LED technology. Each headlight has a prominent daytime running lamp that forms into an L-shape. Fog lights have also been revised which seem to be an LED running strip for added light output partnered with the daytime running lamps.
Some things that we can tell that carry over from the current generation F-150 are the standard tow-hooks, steel bumper, air dam, front-mounted camera system, and integrated grille for cooling on EcoBoost models.
From the rear, we can tell that the rear did not get the same attention as the front did. What we see to be a carryover is a solid rear-axle and steel rear bumper. We know off-road enthusiasts will be ecstatic to hear about this. Revised LED taillights are front and center while there is still an integrated camera system in the tailgate that you can find in today’s higher-end trim models. One thing we would definitely like to see is a true dual exhaust system, exiting from the rear just the Raptor.
As far as the interior goes there is nothing carry-over about it! At first inspection, we see that Ford took a lot of time and effort to give the next generation F-150 the most modern and sophisticated interior. The first thing that stands out to us is the massive infotainment display that demands your attention. Compared to the current generation this is a huge leap forward in the size and quality of the display.
Next, we can tell there will no longer be any analog gauges; in their place is a full LCD monitor display just like in today’s Mustang. We were kind of expecting this due to the language of Ford’s latest vehicle launches such as the all-new Explorer and Escape. It seems that the center console has been designed to be more ergonomic than years past. We would strongly assume that a center console-mounted shifter is something of the past. We can tell that in place of it, is a push-shift style gear selector just like the Lincoln Navigator.
Overall, we truly think that this next generation of F-150 is going to be a hit among enthusiasts. Like generation’s past, it will be a continued success story that will be around for years to come. Everyone at Steeda is looking forward to the modding potential and different variants this F-150 could bring. Ford has been hinting to us that there will be an all-electric variant that will have the most torque of any F-150 has had prior.
There has been much anticipation with the all-new 2021 F-150 in terms of styling, engine options, and an updated interior. Well, thanks to our friends over at f150gen14, we have direct insight into the 2021 F150 interior. For some time, there has been a rumor floating around the new F-150 would be the most innovative truck Ford has built to date.
As seen from the picture above, it seems that technology and sophistication are the real motivators here! Starting from the driver seat, you can see a full-color digital instrument cluster that could share similar qualities that are in the Mustang, Explorer, and Escape. The center console has a sense of modern styling, upgraded variety of materials, and ergonomic design. Ford seems to be taking the F-150 to heights of what advanced technology has to offer. Analyzing the 2021 F-150 dashboard further, it is leaps and bounds ahead of the previous generation from every area. Everything seems to have a higher quality of materials, including the steering wheel leather, plastics, and center console.
Ford’s design language is prominent; they want to give the consumer the most capable and technologically advanced F-150 to date. Like the F150, its competitors are going to great lengths to provide customers the best all-around package in features, technology, and innovation as this leaked image clearly shows us.
At first glance, the digital instrument cluster displays a severe presence. It is easy to see that it shares similar characteristics that are in the current Ford Explorer. Since Ford launched digital instrument clusters starting in the 2018 Mustang, enthusiasts and customers alike have fallen in love with the customizability, display clarity, and numerous information options to choose from.
Just like the current F-150, where the digital cluster is in the center of the instrument panel, it shows pertinent information such as gas mileage, trip timer, fuel range, and transmission temperature. We want to speculate the host of features will be abundant compared to the current generation F-150. Like its siblings in the Ford lineup, it should have full customization capability, including color choice, lighting, and gauge setup.
Upon further investigation, we can anticipate dual-zone climate control will continue for 2021, just like in the current generation Lariat, Platinum, King Ranch, and Limited models. But that is where the similarities stop; it looks as an all-new climate control cluster has been developed for the upcoming model year, for a more ergonomic feel. Features like trailer sway control will continue along with an all-new drive mode selector that is seen on models such as the Explorer and Escape.
Everyone at Steeda is very excited to see what the all-new F-150 has to offer when debuted. Stay tuned to the Steeda website and all our social media channels for the latest truck news and 2021 Ford F-150.
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