Details on the new F-150 and F-150 Raptor’s power trains, exterior design, interior trims, and more.
- The Ford F-150 pickup truck is getting a redesign for 2021.
- Here’s what we know about the updated truck, including its power trains, interior details, and styling changes.
- The standard F-150 will arrive first, with electric and Raptor versions to follow.
This story originally appeared in the May 2020 issue of Car and Driver as part of our 25 Cars Worth Waiting For package. Our sneak preview of the most exciting cars coming in the next few years draws on knowledge from leaked product-development plans, spy photos, and loose-lipped insiders mixed in with information that has already been officially released. The reporting for this story was completed in February and early March, before the auto industry began feeling major effects of the coronavirus pandemic. As many automakers are now delaying or pausing development programs, the debut and on-sale dates reported here may change.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That’s Ford’s approach to the 2021 F-150. When you’ve sold more than 4 million F-series in the U.S. since the introduction of the 13th generation for the 2015 model year, why tempt fate?
The switch to an aluminum-intensive body for the last-generation truck was a monumental endeavor, requiring significant retooling of manufacturing facilities and body shops alike. Ford took smaller steps this time. The F-150’s sheet metal will retain the same shape but carry a revised nose and new headlights. Astute eyes might also notice different taillights, but overall, this redesign looks more like a mid-cycle refresh than a generational transformation.
The changes should be more obvious inside. Attempting to catch up with Ram’s upscale interiors, Ford’s Limited, King Ranch, and Platinum models will include more premium materials and touch points. An 8.0-inch infotainment display comes standard while an optional 15.5-inch screen takes on square proportions in a nod to the Instagram generation. Both run on the brand’s latest software, Sync 4.
Ford will offer a power train for every buyer, with five engines carrying over from today’s F-150. Disregard all rumors of a DOHC 4.8-liter V-8. The 5.0-liter lives on and shares more parts with the Mustang’s V-8. The four V-6s include two twin-turbo engines displacing 2.7 and 3.5 liters, a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel, and a naturally aspirated 3.3-liter. All are backed by a 10-speed auto.