2021 Ford F-150: Everything We Think We Know About What’s Next
The 2021 Ford F-150 is here, and we know a lot about the new truck, and we’ve deepened our First Look report. But we don’t know everything yet, even if we have strong assumptions about what’s to come. Here we have gathered a list of special features and models that we think you will want to watch out for. Read on to see what will soon happen to a 2021 Ford F-150 near you.
2021 Ford F-150 electric
It’s no secret that an F-150 EV arrives, because Ford has told us the same. We even saw a tow of 1.25 million pounds of cars. But it’s not here at launch (the image above is our rendering of what it might look like), and that means it can’t emerge as a production vehicle at all until a future model year. We have seen patents describing a semi-skate configuration under the skin, with motors and batteries packed in and around the conventional truck chassis. But the exact configuration – one electric motor or more on each axle on all versions, or some with only one electric motor in all? – we’ll see. The same goes for the F-150 EV range, or for the total power and torque of the system, not to mention its payload and towing figures.
Remember, there will be an electrified F-150 at launch, but not a plug-in type. The F-150 “Full Hybrid” is essentially the same system that you can find in a Ford Explorer hybrid. Its V-6 will offer a 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost engine supported by a 47 hp electric motor integrated into the 10-speed automatic transmission and supplied with juice by a 1.5 kWh lithium-ion battery. In the Explorer Hybrid, this system is good for an electric range of only 3 miles, a total range of 500 miles on a single fuel tank and up to 27/29 mpg city / highway.
The 2021 F-150 hybrid will also offer buyers “exportable power”: this means up to 7.2 kW to power a 240-volt outlet and four 120-volt outlets in bed, for an abundance of electricity on the site or on the tailgate. We would be surprised if the EV version did not also offer this generator capacity.
2021 Ford F-150 Power Stroke Diesel
If you are a fan of the generous torque and great fuel economy of the Power Stroke turbo diesel engine currently available on the F-150, you will be happy to know that it returns for the 2021 model. First offered on the 2019 model, the “Lion” is a 3.0-liter V6 that produces 250 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque, delivering exceptional real economy in our Real MPG tests.
Ford did not report horsepower or torque all 2021 F-150 engines, and we also couldn’t find power for the 2021 turbodiesel in a VIN decoder. That, combined with the fact that the Lion lags behind its rivals in terms of power – the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel 2020 and the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Duramax 2020 -, it seems entirely possible that Ford will increase power and / or fuel economy for this engine. .
2021 Ford F-150 Raptor
The Raptor is definitely coming, but in what form, exactly? We’re pretty sure the Raptor SuperCab, with its funky half doors for rear seat access, is dead. That leaves the SuperCrew body style as the only one that will be sold in 2021. And that suggests that the current Raptor could extend to the 2021 model year, rather than being a brand new desert racer based on the new – for 2021 regular F-150.
Whenever the new Raptor arrives, it looks like it will work with coil springs rather than leaf springs. We saw spy photos of a mule late last year that clearly had no leaf springs underneath. The mule’s Raptor bodywork and beefy all-terrain wheels and tires are further proof. Also consider that the regular F-150 will work with conventional leaf springs in all configurations revealed at launch. This suggests that the five-link rear configuration, with an active axle and coil springs, will be an exclusive feature of the Raptor. Maybe not for 2021.
And a V-8? It’s the kind of thing we’ve dreamed of since the second generation Raptor debuted with the EcoBoost V-6, a more powerful but less engaging replacement than the 6.2-liter V-8 from the original version. . There are rumors that a Raptor version of the Bronco will be equipped with a V-8, especially given all the noise on the upcoming Ram Rebel TRX. But with Ford’s investment in the EcoBoost engine range, we believe that another twin-turbo V6 is a safer bet for both vehicles.
Air suspension Ford F-150 2021
Before Ford told us the details of the 2021 F-150’s suspension configuration a few days ago, we didn’t know if all The F-150s could switch to a coil spring configuration as we saw on the Raptor mule, as shown above. The specifications clearly indicate that the non-Raptor F-150s will continue to use traditional leaf springs, which offer real benefits, particularly in terms of cost and load management. But that will be a point of differentiation with our 2019 MotorTrend truck of the year, the Ram 1500, which is coil sprung and offers exceptional driving (although with a slight penalty for payload and towing capacities).
But given that the F2150 2021 focuses on outright capacity, claiming at least 12,000 pounds of towing in its best-performing configuration, and its robust rear leaf springs, it’s possible that Ford combines the best of both worlds and offers optional air suspension. Currently exclusive to the Ram 1500 class, the air suspension makes it possible to level the load and adjust the height. And that would give the F-150 a real advantage by having more robust tow numbers as well as the benefits of air suspension without sacrificing the availability of the cost-effective and efficient configuration of the leaf spring.
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