2021 Ford F-150 Sets New Standard for Connectivity

F-150 is North America’s first full-size pickup with standard over-the-air updates.

2020 F-150 Lariat in Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat.
2020 F-150 Lariat in Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat.
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The 2021 F-150 is North America’s first full-size pickup with standard over-the-air updates technology to constantly keep software on the leading edge. This technology allows potential enhancements from system upgrades to new feature offerings throughout the life of the truck. They can support preventative maintenance, reduce repair trips, provide improved performance and ultimately result in more vehicle up-time. The majority of updates will be completed in under two minutes and can be performed at times customers choose.

The only full hybrid in the segment, available PowerBoost provides targeted best-in-class horsepower and torque, a targeted EPA-estimated range of approximately over 700 miles on a single tank of gas and at least 12,000 lbs. of maximum available towing capacity. It’s available across the lineup from XL to Limited.The only full hybrid in the segment, available PowerBoost provides targeted best-in-class horsepower and torque, a targeted EPA-estimated range of approximately over 700 miles on a single tank of gas and at least 12,000 lbs. of maximum available towing capacity. It’s available across the lineup from XL to Limited.Ford Motor CompanyHybrid Technology Boosts Performance

When designing the F-150, the design team also set out to target the most towing, payload, torque and horsepower in the light-duty full-size pickup segment. To achieve this goal, Ford introduces a new power option — a 3.5-liter PowerBoost hybrid powertrain with Pro Power Onboard —an integrated power generator. The 3.5-liter PowerBoost full hybrid V6 powertrain is available on every trim level from F-150 XL to Limited. The PowerBoost system  adds instant electric torque to Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. This powertrain option is targeting an EPA-estimated range of approximately 700 miles on a single tank of gas and will deliver at least 12,000 lbs. of available maximum towing.

PowerBoost combines Ford’s EcoBoost engine and 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission with a 35-kW (47-hp) electric motor integrated into the transmission. The powertrain's software calibrated specially for truck use, including drive modes like tow/haul mode to help customers better manage towing heavy trailers. The electric motor applies regenerative braking energy capture to help recharge the 1.5-kW-hr lithium-ion battery. The battery resides underneath the truck, leaving the cab and cargo box capacity unchanged. The system is capable of sustained battery usage at extreme outside temperatures or under heavy loads.

Pickups Offer Jobsite PowerAvailable 7.2-kW Pro Power Onboard features four 120V 20A outlets and one NEMA L14-30R 240V 30A. The all-new F-150 features more exportable power than any light-duty full-size pickup, giving you the ability to use your truck as a mobile generator. It is available with three levels of electrical output depending on engine choice.Available 7.2-kW Pro Power Onboard features four 120V 20A outlets and one NEMA L14-30R 240V 30A. The all-new F-150 features more exportable power than any light-duty full-size pickup, giving you the ability to use your truck as a mobile generator. It is available with three levels of electrical output depending on engine choice.Ford Motor Company

The F-150 pickups provide generator levels of exportable power to work sites.  Pro Power Onboard offers a 2.0-kW output on optional gas engines, while  the PowerBoost-equipped F-150 comes standard with 2.4 kilowatts of output or an optional 7.2 kilowatts of output. Power is accessible through in-cabin outlets and up to four cargo bed-mounted 120V 20A outlets, with a 240V 30A outlet on the 7.2kW version. The system even provides power on the move to charge tool batteries in between jobs.

Interior and Exterior Redesigned

The 2021 F-150 is the most aerodynamic ever. Active grille shutters, an automatically deploying active air dam, and cab and tailgate geometry all work together to reduce drag and improve fuel consumption on every truck. The interior is completely redesigned, featuring enhanced materials, new color choices and more storage.The cabin is completely redesigned with more comfort, technology and functionality for truck customers along with more premium materials, more color choices and more storage. Shown here is the interior of the all-new F-150 Limited.The cabin is completely redesigned with more comfort, technology and functionality for truck customers along with more premium materials, more color choices and more storage. Shown here is the interior of the all-new F-150 Limited.Ford Motor Company

F-150 introduces a new 12-in. center screen – standard on XLT high series and above – that allows customers to split the screen and control multiple functions simultaneously, including navigation, music or truck features. An 8-in. touch screen, standard on XL and XLT standard and mid-series trucks provides touch screen functionality for all pickups and better rearview camera vision. Both screens feature access to the new digital owner’s manual, including how-to videos for additional explanation.

An available new 12-in. digital gauge cluster features an information-on-demand area, along with truck-specific graphics and animations that respond to the F-150’s selectable drive modes and can display off-roading data and turn-by-turn navigation.

Driver Assist Technologies Expanded

The F-150 continues to provide Trailer Reverse Guidance and Pro Trailer Backup Assist. Trailer Reverse Guidance, made popular on Super Duty, uses the truck’s high-resolution cameras to provide multiple views along with helpful graphics that tell drivers which way to turn the steering wheel while backing up. Pro Trailer Backup Assist makes backing up a trailer as easy as turning a dial.

Available 12-in. center screen utilizes high-resolution cameras to provide multiple views including a 360-degree overhead view to make maneuvering in tight spaces easy.Available 12-in. center screen utilizes high-resolution cameras to provide multiple views including a 360-degree overhead view to make maneuvering in tight spaces easy.Ford Motor CompanyThe F-150 also offers the latest driver-assist features as part of Ford Co-Pilot360 2.0. More features are now standard on XL, including Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Detection to help avoid a possible collision with another vehicle or a pedestrian, rearview camera with dynamic hitch assist, auto high-beam headlamps and auto on/off headlamps.

The 2021 F-150 adds ten new driver-assist features and is the only pickup to offer Active Drive Assist, which allows for hands-free driving on more than 100,000 miles of divided highways in all 50 states and Canada. Its driver-facing camera tracks head position and driver eye gaze to enable hands-free driving when available. It allows owners on certain sections of pre-mapped, divided highways to drive with their hands off the steering wheel. The Active Drive Assist prep kit contains the hardware required for this feature, while the software to enable functionality, expected in the third quarter of the 2021 calendar year, will be delivered by over-the-air update or dealer visit.

Other new available features include Intersection Assist, which detects oncoming traffic while the driver is attempting a left turn. If there is risk of a collision with an oncoming vehicle, F-150 will apply the brakes to mitigate or avoid it. The F-150 is currently the only light-duty full-size pickup with available Active Park Assist 2.0, which handles all steering, shifting, braking and accelerator controls during a parallel or perpendicular parking maneuver while the driver holds down a button.

The 2021 F-150 will be assembled at Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, MI, and Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, MO, and will be available this fall.

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