Ford’s most profitable nameplate is getting ready to receive a new suit. The bestselling pickup truck ever has been spied totally camouflaged near on the streets of Dearborn, Michigan. Based on the heavy wrapping, the 2021 Ford F-150 will receive a complete redesign. However, the next-gen model isn’t going to change its current aluminum-intensive chassis. Instead, the platform will get some updates. On the other hand, the light-duty truck will sport a number of changes under the hood.
According to our insides, the new-gen F-150 will definitely replace the existing 5.0-liter option. Instead of the thirsty, outdated mill, the automaker will add a new and more efficient 4.8-liter engine. There is no official information regarding the displacement of the new V8 engine at the moment. It is, however, quite clear that the option employs both the direct- and port fuel injection, which promises a high compression ratio and efficiency. Though, Blue Oval will couple the option with auto stop-start and some sort of cylinder deactivation system that will additionally optimize fuel economy. Ford will introduce the new F-150 Diesel as well, but we still have no idea what exactly is going to power the oil-burner. As for the next-gen Raptor, the high-performance truck will keep its impressive twin-turbo V6 for sure. The company works on its “green” fleet as well. Meaning, the 2021 Ford F-150 will get hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric powertrains. Still, there is nothing about them at the moment.
Styling-wise, the new-gen model appears to sport a few additional inches in length. No, we haven’t measured the prototype, but the cabin looks obviously longer. The extra inches will be exploited in favor of the rear-seat arrangement for sure. Essentially, the profile of the new truck looks pretty much the same as it is now. However, the light-duty pickup truck will definitely get a completely new face with a redesigned grille and new headlights. In the back, the prototype shows the same bed as earlier, yet we believe that the tailgate could be reworked. Of course, the new model will feature redesigned taillights for sure. Below, the prototype sport the same solid axle rear suspension. Things, however, are going to change for electrified F-150 models, which will likely feature a new independent setup.
The new cabin will receive a complete makeover without any doubt. The 2021 Ford F-150 will feature an all-new dashboard coupled with new and bigger infotainment touchscreen. The multimedia will receive certain updates as well, while we largely expect to see a large 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster as an option. The pickup truck will come coupled with Ford’s new and impressive Co-Pilot360 safety suit that will be standard. The option is available with the new Explorer, so we know it consists of a blind-spot monitor with a cross-traffic alert system, lane-keep assist, automatic high-beam headlights, and a forward collision system with automatic braking and pedestrian detection. There will be a list of available features such as adaptive cruise control system with lane-centering technology, an automatic rear braking system, and Ford’s latest parking assistant, dubbed Active Park Assist 2.0.
The redesigned Ford F-150 will be introduced sometime next year, which means that there will be more testing models in the coming months, so stay tuned for updates.