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Ford rolls out class-leading hybrid powertrain for clever new F150

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The 2021 Ford F150 is an upgrade focused on comfort, practicality and presence
The 2021 Ford F150 is an upgrade focused on comfort, practicality and presence
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Interior of the F-150 Platinum
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Interior of the F-150 Platinum
Interior of the F-150 XL
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Interior of the F-150 XL
Easily accessed flat load floor
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Easily accessed flat load floor
Cabin of the all-new F-150 Limited
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Cabin of the all-new F-150 Limited
Optional 7.2-kilowatt built-in generator features four 120V 20A outlets and one NEMA L14-30R 240V 30A
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Optional 7.2-kilowatt built-in generator features four 120V 20A outlets and one NEMA L14-30R 240V 30A
Fold-out tray lets you get some work done
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Fold-out tray lets you get some work done
Interior Work Surface gives you a flat surface for work or lunch
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Interior Work Surface gives you a flat surface for work or lunch
Optional lockable, fold-flat, dividable storage
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Optional lockable, fold-flat, dividable storage
Optional Pro Trailer Backup Assist
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Optional Pro Trailer Backup Assist
Fold-flat gearshift lever lets you open up the work surface tray
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Fold-flat gearshift lever lets you open up the work surface tray
Tailgate tiedown cleats double as bottle openers
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Tailgate tiedown cleats double as bottle openers
The PowerBoost option is the only full hybrid in the segment, claiming 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 pounds of maximum available towing capacity
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The PowerBoost option is the only full hybrid in the segment, claiming 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 pounds of maximum available towing capacity
Optional Tailgate Work Surface including integrated rulers, a mobile device holder, cupholder and pencil holder, tie-down cleats (doubling as bottle openers), clamp pockets and optional power generator
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All-new F-150 with available Pro Power Onboard, standard clamp pockets so customers can hold materials down for precision work, standard cleats mounted to the sides of the tailgate to act as tie-down locations for extra-long items in the bed and available Tailgate Work Surface including integrated rulers, a mobile device holder, cupholder and pencil holder.
F-150 Platinum in Iconic Silver
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F-150 Platinum in Iconic Silver
It's still really, really big
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It's still really, really big
11 different grille options are available
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11 different grille options are available
The 2021 Ford F150 is an upgrade focused on comfort, practicality and presence
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The 2021 Ford F150 is an upgrade focused on comfort, practicality and presence
Up to 12,000 lbs of towing capacity with the PowerBoost hybrid option
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Up to 12,000 lbs of towing capacity with the PowerBoost hybrid option
F-150 XLT Sport Appearance Package in Carbonized Gray
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F-150 XLT Sport Appearance Package in Carbonized Gray
2021 F-150 Lariat in Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
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2021 F-150 Lariat in Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
An imposing presence on the road
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An imposing presence on the road
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America's biggest-selling pickup is back for 2021 with a new update focused on practicality, comfort and power. More interestingly, the new F150's top engine option will be a PowerBoost full hybrid system, offering "best in class" power and torque, as well as 12,000-pound (5,440-kg) towing capability and a fuel range around 700 miles (1,126 km).

As "the toughest F150 ever," the 2021 model is based on a high-strength steel frame with a "military grade" aluminum alloy body. Every panel has had a modest redesign, with highlights including new headlights, a "power dome" hood, wraparound bumpers, higher front fenders and larger diameter tires pulled out 3/4 of an inch to give it a bit more presence.

The look is still very much F150; the recipe hasn't changed too much, which is unsurprising since the F150 has been America's best selling vehicle overall for an astonishing 38 years and counting, creeping up toward a million units a year. But the focus for 2021 is on making this thing even more useful for the kinds of folk that buy it.

Neat touches include things like an optional Interior Work Surface – the gearshift lever folds down and a nice flat bench pops out across the center console, big enough for a laptop or your lunch. Then there's the "Max Recline Seats," available on certain models, which fold nearly right back to 180 degrees so you can sleep comfortably in the cab. Another interior option is a fold-flat rear storage area under the back seats, as wide as the cabin and lockable for security. Super handy.

Interior Work Surface gives you a flat surface for work or lunch
Interior Work Surface gives you a flat surface for work or lunch

The tailgate has now got tie-down cleats in it, as well as clamp pockets for holding stuff down and using the tailgate as a workbench. Taking this to the next level is an optional Tailgate Work Surface, complete with rulers, device holders, cupholder and pencil holder.

The pièce de résistance is the optional Pro Power Onboard system, which effectively puts a small generator and power outlets in the side of the tray, with a minimum of 2 kW and a max of 7 kW available if you go for the PowerBoost hybrid engine. Inspired by the Cybertruck, maybe? Perish the thought.

Optional Tailgate Work Surface including integrated rulers, a mobile device holder, cupholder and pencil holder, tie-down cleats (doubling as bottle openers), clamp pockets and optional power generator
All-new F-150 with available Pro Power Onboard, standard clamp pockets so customers can hold materials down for precision work, standard cleats mounted to the sides of the tailgate to act as tie-down locations for extra-long items in the bed and available Tailgate Work Surface including integrated rulers, a mobile device holder, cupholder and pencil holder.

Connectivity takes a step forward with Ford's SYNC 4 hands-free voice command system, complete with cord-free CarPlay and Android Auto. Standard driver assist gear now includes pre-collision assist, auto emergency braking with pedestrian assist, rear view camera with hitch assist and auto high beams.

Active Drive Assist now allows hands-free highway driving across the United States and Canada, provided its cameras can confirm you're still looking at the road, and this will arrive with a software update late in 2021 for cars with the appropriate hardware installed. Other options include intersection left turn assist, which will hit the brakes if you're accelerating into a potential crash, and second-generation park assist, which handles the pedals as well as the steering wheel for parallel and perpendicular parking spots. That would be a handy feature on a colossus like this.

An imposing presence on the road
An imposing presence on the road

Engine options will likely be similar to this year's F150, with the addition of the PowerBoost hybrid, which will top the range using a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and a 47-horsepower electric motor built into the transmission. No power figures are available, but you can expect well over 400 horses if it's to deliver on its best-in-class promise. The battery only holds 1.5 kWh, but that's big enough to capture plenty of energy in regenerative braking, and Ford is targeting a 700-mile fuel range on this model, as well as a towing capacity the company has chosen to express in uniquely American units: the average weight of 43 NFL linemen.

The truck will go on sale this fall. Knock yourself out with a full launch video below.

Introducing the All-New Ford F-150 | F-150 | Ford

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8 comments
Nobody
The biggest problem with trucks is the fact that they are way too expensive and the ones with small beds are nearly useless for hauling.
jerryd
Lame and already outdated. The battery is way too small and a tiny bed is really a truck for people with small hands.
They say they need it for hauling, towing but they rarely if ever do, mostly 1-2 people commuting or shopping needing little of it's capacity .
And the CT will kill it head to head taking it's market share as will Rivian.
IdealistPragmatist
Waiting for the full electric version in 2021 or whenever they get around to it. Electric trucks with 400mi range are sure to change the industry, I just wish they would get it done already because as the earth, I Can't Breathe.
nick101
It's hilarious seeing one of these monsters in the underground parking of my 1970s building. They fill the whole stall with inches to spare!
guzmanchinky
This looks like another home run for the F-150. I've had several and the Expedition as well, and none have given me any trouble, despite towing a 6,000 pound boat through the worst conditions possible for decades.
BlueOak
“Lame and outdated” commenter trashes the F150 truck buyers for not needing a pickup...

Then celebrates the Tesla & Rivian pickups - two small bed trucks that are just as likely to rarely pull a trailer requiring a pickup... two pickup trucks whose buyers are even less likely to need a pickup than the F150 buyers he trashes.
Eddy
I know you US dinosaurs are still in the imperial age but what is this new measure o towing weight NFL linemen. Is it some transition measure towards most others use of metric.
EV Man
As someone else put it, Ford are taking a knife to a gunfight. By mid decade they will have lost chunks of market share to Tesla, Rivian and others unless they embrace the EV revolution.