It’ll take greater than a worldwide pandemic to knock the Ford F-series off its pedestal as America’s best-selling automobile and, after all, the best-selling pickup truck. At this level, and doubtless for the foreseeable future, we are able to’t think about both GM or FCA climbing on this phase’s throne.
To make issues worse for its rivals Ford simply unveiled the model new, fourteenth-generation F-150, which seems to construct on its predecessor’s primary strengths and add some new ones.
However is it contemporary sufficient? Properly, that is dependent upon your expectations. In line with Ford, the new F-150 has a good bolder and harder look, however wanting on the two generations facet by facet, all we see is a barely easier and arguably extra fashionable design.
The headlights are nevertheless new, as is the hood, fenders and wrap-around bumpers. You may even select between 11 completely different entrance grille designs in the event you care about personalization as a lot as you do about utility.
There’s additionally no denying that the entrance gentle signature within the new truck is extra dynamic than the graphics on the older mannequin, however except for the brand new mirrors and door handles, the general profile aesthetic is sort of similar. As for the rear finish, the brand new F-150 really has an easier taillight design, although fortunately its cab and tailgate geometry works to scale back drag and enhance gas consumption.
Earlier than we transfer on to the inside, let’s contact on the one powertrain that Ford spoke about in the course of the 2021 F-150’s online reveal. It’s a “class-exclusive” 3.5-liter PowerBoost hybrid unit that supposedly has probably the most torque and horsepower of any light-duty full-size pickup, plus a minimal of 12,000 lbs (5.Four tons) of towing capability and an EPA-estimated vary of roughly 700 miles (1,126 km) on a single tank of gasoline.
We’re curious to see the way it compares to the present mannequin’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, which affords 375 HP and 470 lb-ft (637 Nm) of torque in a non-Raptor spec 2020 F-150. The latter will also be specified with a 395 HP 5.0-liter V8, however at 400 lb-ft (542 Nm) of torque, it doesn’t have as a lot low-end pulling energy because the V6.
Apart from the hybrid, out there powertrains will embrace a 3.3-liter Ti-VCT V6, a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, a 5.0-liter V8, a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and a 3.0-liter Energy Stroke V6 diesel.
The place’s all the flowery new tech?
Easy: inside and beneath. The 2021 Ford F-150 has higher commonplace tech, new software program, improved comfort options and smarter driver-assistive methods, resembling Pre-Collision Help with Computerized Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Detection, a rearview digital camera with dynamic hitch help and Lively Driver Help which permits for hands-free driving on the freeway and displays your head place and gaze by way of a driver-facing digital camera.
To be truthful although, the old F-150 was doing fairly properly on this division too, having its personal Pre-Collision Help with Pedestrian Detection system, in addition to Adaptive Cruise Management with Cease and Go, although definitely not as superior as the brand new tech.
As for the general aesthetic of the cabin, that is nonetheless clearly an F-150 by way of and thru, though all the pieces is completely different right here – from the dashboard to the middle tunnel, door panels, switchgear and so forth. The 2021 mannequin comes with a normal 4-inch digital gauge cluster (plus it’s also possible to get a bigger absolutely digital 8-inch one), whereas the SYNC 4 infotainment display measures a powerful 12.3-inches and helps Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus apps resembling Waze and Ford+ Alexa.
The brand new F-150 additionally occurs to be North America’s first full-size pickup with commonplace over-the-air updates, which you’ll be using all through your truck’s whole lifespan.
What are my choices?
Whereas Ford has but to launch full engine specs and efficiency figures for the 2021 F-150, it’s fairly apparent that the brand new mannequin represents an total extra strong and high-tech package deal in comparison with its predecessor.
Nonetheless, in the event you solely care in regards to the utility issue, buying and selling in your 2020MY F-150 will not be vital. It actually is dependent upon the way you typically use your truck. In any case, you’ll need to wait until this fall to take supply.