We haven’t seen many major new-vehicle reveals this year for obvious reasons, but a very big one is coming next month. On June 25, Ford will drop the covers on the next-generation F-150 pickup. Mike Levine, Ford’s North America product communications manager, shared the news on Twitter earlier today.
We already know a lot about the 2021 Ford F-150, though. For one, the new truck will adopt design cues from the recently refreshed Ford F-Series Super Duty, as such expect the full-size F-150’s grille, hood, and lights to sport an appearance that mimics that of the bigger Blue Oval pickups. We also know the upcoming F-150 will sit on a new frame that supports a plug-in gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain. It’s likely the F-150’s hybrid variant won’t be ready at launch, so we expect Ford to lead off with a selection of twin-turbo V-6 engines, a diesel V-6, and at least one V-8 option.
Spy pics have given us a glimpse of the truck’s new high-tech interior. Along with its fully digital instrument cluster, the 2021 Ford F-150 will offer a large central touchscreen that looks to improve upon the current F-150’s display.
Ford is investing around $700 million to make the next-generation pickup at its Dearborn, Michigan plant. In spite of its age, the F-Series remains the best-selling pickup—and vehicle—in the United States. The outgoing F-150 debuted for the 2015 model year and made headlines for its aluminum-intensive body. Upcoming gasoline-electric and battery-electric variants of the new F-150 ought to make it just as much of a game-changer as today’s truck was nearly half-a-decade ago.
The current F-150 is a capable pickup in a highly competitive segment. As we’ve said in previous reviews, it offers a wide variety of strong powertrains and rides and handles surprisingly well for a truck. However, we’ve been disappointed with the towing performance of the diesel model. We can’t wait to see how the new F-150 improves upon today’s model.