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First Look: 2021 Ford F-150

Canada’s best-selling new vehicle gets a comprehensive redesign for 2021, promising to deliver the maximum towing, payload, torque and horsepower of any full-size light-duty pickup, with features that make customers even more productive.

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  • New hybrid powertrain 
  • Redesigned body, all-new interior 
  • New onboard generator option 
  • New infotainment and tech 

Ford has revealed its all-new 2021 F-150 full-size pickup truck  – part of the F-Series lineup that’s been Canada’s best-selling pickup truck for 54 consecutive years. With three cab sizes, three bed lengths, and six powertrains, the F-150 gives buyers the opportunity to find a combination that suits their needs and budget. 

For 2021, the Ford F-150 is mostly all-new. Ford updated the styling and redesigned the interior, which now features a new infotainment system and more work and storage solutions. There’s also a new hybrid powertrain option, as well as the availability of an onboard generator, and the company has updated almost every engine in the lineup. While Ford hasn’t yet announced power ratings or each model’s capabilities, we anticipate the 2021 F-150 will offer best-in-class horsepower, torque, towing, and payload capacity. 

 

Favorite Features 

POWERBOOST HYBRID ENGINE 

Ford’s full hybrid system uses a 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 engine, a 35 KW electric motor, and a 1.5 kWh lithium-ion battery mounted below the rear seat, so it doesn’t take up passenger or bed space. Ford anticipates the F-150 with the PowerBoost will be able to tow at least 12,000 pounds (5,443 kilograms) while offering an estimated range of approximately 1,100 kilometres on a single tank of gas. It also comes standard with Pro Power Onboard. 

 

PRO POWER ONBOARD 

With the Pro Power Onboard inverter, the F-150 can serve as a generator. There’s a 2.0-KW unit available for the 2.7- and 3.5-litre EcoBoost and the 5.0-litre V8. The 2.4-KW inverter comes standard with the hybrid. The 7.2-KW system, optional only with the hybrid, offers the most power. Ford gave an example: it can charge a plasma cutter, TIG welder, chop saw, air compressor, angle grinder, and work light simultaneously for up to 32 hours. 

 

2021 Ford F-150 Interior 

 

The 2021 Ford F-150’s interior was redesigned with upgraded materials and new colour combinations. The centre stack—where you can find all the navigation, stereo, and climate controls—is all-new. It houses the truck’s standard 8-inch (20-centimetre) touchscreen, twice as big as the previous model’s standard screen. Sync 4, the newest version of Ford’s infotainment system, is standard. A 12-inch (30-centimetre) touchscreen is also available, with a landscape (horizontal) layout that still leaves ample room for physical buttons and knobs. You can also get a digital gauge cluster with animations that show what terrain you’re driving on and the drive mode the truck is in. 

 

An optional Interior Work Surface creates a flat working area over the center console. If your F-150 doesn’t have the column-mounted shifter, you can fold down the console-mounted transmission shifter when you want to use the Work Surface. If you need to grab some ZZZs between jobs or want to feel like you’re flying first class, Ford now offers Max Recline seats that fold nearly flat. 

 

2021 Ford F-150 Exterior 

 
Even though Ford has made changes to every piece of the 2021 F-150’s sheet metal, the end result is a truck that looks remarkably similar to the last generation that’s been on-sale since the 2015 model year. The new version is slightly wider, for a tougher stance, and the new grille and headlight designs reveal that it’s a 2021 model. There are 11 grilles and three different headlight designs, plus 13 different wheel designs that range from 17 to 22 inches. 

 

There are new extended-length power running boards can be lowered with a hands-free “kick switch,” and can also be set to stay down if you’re making multiple trips to load or unload cargo. In addition, every tailgate now comes with built-in clamp pockets. There’s a new feature called the Tailgate Work Surface that includes integrated rulers, a cupholder, pencil holder, and smartphone/tablet holder. 

 

2021 Ford F-150 Standard Features 

 
The base model of the 2021 Ford F-150, the XL, comes with a 3.3-litre V6 backed by a 10-speed automatic, rear-wheel-drive, and rides on 17-inch steel wheels. Its smallest cab is a regular cab.  


The F-150 is set up for over-the-air updates, which often happen in the background, and most are instantaneous. All F-150s come standard with some Ford Co-Pilot360 technology, including forward collision warning and dynamic brake support, hill start assist, pre-collision assist with auto emergency braking (with pedestrian detection), auto hold, and its rear-view camera has dynamic hitch support, making it easier to line up the truck with a trailer. 

 

2021 Ford F-150 Options 


You can choose two larger cabs – the extended cab SuperCab or the crew cab SuperCrew—and a 5-1/2-, 6-1/2-, or 8-foot bed. There are three wheelbase lengths as well. There are two different 4-wheel-drive systems, both of which have a flat tow mode. If you want more power than the 3.3-litre V6 offers, you can look at the twin-turbocharged 2.7- or 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6, the naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8, the 3.0-litre Power Stroke V6 turbodiesel, or the 3.5-litre PowerBoost V6 hybrid.  


There’s an available locking full-length fold-flat storage area that goes in the second row. You can get a setup that lets you turn on and off individual exterior lights, which comes handy when you’re on the job site or camping. Ford’s tailgate step is still available, as is the Pro Trailer Backup Assist, where you use a knob to back your truck and trailer into place. Safety options include Active Drive Assist, active park assist, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane-centring and lane-keeping assists, and reverse brake assist. 

 

What will the 2021 Ford F-150 cost? 

 
While Ford hasn’t announced official pricing yet, we expect the 2021 Ford F-150 pricing to remain similar to current model prices, starting at just over $30,000 CDN for the regular cab XL trim. The all-new F-150 will be available in Canadian Ford showrooms this fall. 
 

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