If you’re Ford, who’s sold over 40 million trucks during the past 60 years, you have the luxury of spending some extra time adding bells and whistles to your highly developed, proven pickup truck platform. Since its launch, the F-150 has been the gold standard in terms of pickup truck performance and reliability, making it one of the most iconic nameplates currently available.
The F-150 is all-new for 2021, offering new powertrains (yes, a hybrid), updated styling, an entirely new interior, and a host of other features. Here are some of the ones that piqued our interest.
It’s A Bedroom
Perhaps a true sign of the times, one feature has stood above all the rest in terms of drumming up internet excitement – flat-folding seats. Yes, it’s been over 60 years and just now, in 2020, amid the largest crisis our generation has seen, someone finally decided to speak up and say ‘Can you sleep in it?’ during the design brief.
It also comes with a center console that turns into a desk, mood lighting, and wifi. All of this for about 1/20th the price of the equivalent Manhattan loft.
It Can Power A Small Village
Since it seems Ford has decided the way to outsell competition is to blur the line between microloft and pickup truck, it’s only appropriate that it comes with up to 7.2kW of electrical power output. The new F-150 comes with four 120V outlets in the bed and cabin, and an additional 240V outlet in the bed. This generates enough power to operate floodlights, saws, your television, a fridge, and anything else you might need for up to 32 hours.
Active Driver Assist
The first pickup truck to offer active driver assist, Ford claims the new F-150 will allow hands-free driving on more than 130,000 kilometers of paved roads across Canada and the United States. This is similar to the Tesla system and details are still somewhat hazy, so let’s use some collective caution.
All Digital Everything
It seems with this generation, the F-150s evolution from analog to digital machine is nearing completion. The F-150 has now fully embraced the digital, and you’ll find screens replacing everything from the gauges to the manual. The new truck features ‘How To’ videos stored within the infotainment system and the dashboard has been replaced by a fully customizable 12-inch digital gauge cluster.
The 2021 F-150 will also be the first pickup truck to offer a hybrid version. Branded “PowerBoost”, the all-new electrified powertrain features a twin-turbo 3.5 liter V6 engine mated to a 35-kilowatt electric motor and 10-speed automatic transmission. The claimed range is over 1000 kilometers on a single tank of gas.
What do you think of the new F-150 and it’s groundbreaking feature set? Let us know in the comments!