Only a day after the Ford F-150 made its return to the Philippine market as a 2020 model year, Ford has just unveiled the all-new 2021 Ford F-150 in the United States. America’s best-selling pick-up truck for the past 43 consecutive years has been given a major overhaul, which includes a standard hybrid PowerBoost powertrain, built-in office space, and more features to take advantage of the pick-up’s battery pack.
Let’s start first with its exterior. Ford has opted for an evolutionary design change for the all-new Ford F-150. It is built on a fully boxed high-strength steel frame with a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body. Every panel of the distinctive, rugged exterior is redesigned while maintaining its bold and tough signature look, including an updated headlamp design, new power dome hood, and wrap-around bumpers. There are 11 grille options available across the line-up and new tailgate trims. Functional upgrades throughout include available LED headlamps and taillamps, and available full-length extended power running boards with a kick switch that provides better truck-side cargo box accessibility.
The exterior lights of the all-new Ford F-150 can be individually configured with the available Zone Lighting feature. This allows occupants to turn on and off individual sections of exterior lights through the infotainment screen or remotely with the FordPass app on their smartphone. This lets owners work, camp or do anything with proper illumination when outdoors.
The all-new Ford F-150 is also the most aerodynamic ever. New active grille shutters, a new automatically deploying active air dam, and new cab and tailgate geometry all work together to reduce drag and improve fuel consumption.
Interior changes are even more substantial in the all-new F150. There are more premium materials regardless of variant, along with new interior color choices and more storage. There’s also soil-resistant two-tone seats for base XL and a new standard dual glovebox. XL and XLT trims get an 8-inch SYNC 4 infotainment system, while XLT High trims and above get a massive 12-inch touch screen that allows customers to split the screen and control multiple functions simultaneously, including navigation, music or truck features. Lastly, there is also an optional 12-inch fully-digital gauge cluster that replaces the analog gauges.
Ford has poured-in a lot of innovative features in the interior of the all-new Ford F-150. The new optional Interior Work Surface feature transforms the F-150’s interior into an actual office, allowing customers to use it as a space for signing documents, working on a 15-inch laptop, or enjoying a meal when parked. It is available in both bench and captain’s chair seating configurations on XL to Limited variants. Ford says that its customers prefer a console shifter, but in order to create a fully-functioning office space, the console gear shifter can be stowed into the center console with the push of a button. This lets the center console acts as a table when parked.
Another clever interior feature is the Max Recline Seats, which is available on King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited models. Max Recline Seats fold flat to nearly 180 degrees, with the bottom cushion rising to meet the back cushion and the upper back support rotating forward up to 10 degrees for maximum comfort. This lets drivers sleep while at a rest stop during long haul drives.
As for powertrain options, the current cluster five engine options are carried over into the all-new model, including the flagship 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 EcoBoost engine that’s also fitted in the Philippine-market F-150. The main highlight of the all-new F-150 is a PowerBoost hybrid powertrain that consists of a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 petrol engine mated to an electric motor that provides 47 additional horsepower. No power figures have been released yet, but Ford is aiming best-in-class capabilities with this powertrain, such as a 5,443 kg towing capacity and 1,123 kilometers of driving range.
With so many new electronic features for the all-new Ford F-150, one might wonder where all the needed electricity is coming from. The PowerBoost hybrid powertrain comes with Pro Power Onboard, which expands the all-new F-150’s capability by bringing generator levels of exportable power to work sites, campsites, and everyday life. Pro Power Onboard is available with a 2.0-kilowatt output on optional gas engines, while the PowerBoost-equipped F-150 comes standard with 2.4 kilowatts of output or an optional 7.2 kilowatts of output. Power is accessible through in-cabin outlets and up to four cargo bed-mounted 120-volt 20-amp outlets, with a 240-volt 30-amp outlet on the 7.2-kilowatt version. The system even provides power on the move to charge tools in between jobs.
The all-new Ford F-150 is more versatile and capable than ever with its wide range of features that lets customers work easily with their pick-up companion. Ford’s much-awaited pick-up won’t go on sale until this fall of 2020. A Philippine launch is likely to take up to 24 months before its arrival.