As the official launch date of the 2021 Ford F-150 approaches, details on the model are starting to surface despite the absence of an official confirmation from Ford.
Following a story published by Car and Driver for its May 2020 issue, reports are now saying Ford will release the standard F-150 first, to be followed by the electric and Raptor versions shortly after.
But with delays in development programs that automakers in the United States are currently facing, there is a possibility the initially scheduled debut and on-sale dates will change.
For the 14th generation of America’s favorite truck, Ford is retaining the shape of its sheet metal frame. It will, however, feature a revised nose and new headlights. Eagle-eyed spectators may also notice different taillights, but from a wider perspective, the redesign looks more like a minor refresh than a massive transformation.
If there are no major changes on the exterior, Ford might treat customers with changes inside the truck. The automaker is reportedly attempting to catch up with the upscale interiors of the current Ram.
Ford’s Limited, King Ranch, and Platinum trims will be offered with more premium materials and accessories. These include an 8.0-inch infotainment display that will come as standard equipment, while a 15.5-inch screen will be offered as an option. The optional screen will come in square proportions, apparently as a nod to the original Instagram layout. Both screen options will run on Ford’s latest Sync 4 software.
Moreover, the five engines currently offered on the F-150 will all be carried to the next generation, disregarding all rumors that a DOHC 4.8-liter will be available for the truck.
The model will continue to sport the 5.0-liter as well as four V-6 engines — 2.7 and 3.5-liter twin-turbo engines, a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel, and naturally aspirated 3.3-liter. All engines will be mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
After the standard truck is released in the market, Ford will launch its first plug-in hybrid in the segment and the desert-smashing Raptor.