2021 Ford F-150 claims best-in-class towing, max payload of light-duty pickup vehicles
The 2021 Ford F-150 pickup truck hybrid made headlines when it was introduced in June, however its 3.5-liter turbocharged V-6 will get the eye now with a tow ranking and payload capability that tops rivals such because the Ram 1500 and Chevy Silverado, Ford introduced Monday.
The 400-horsepower 3.5-liter turbo V-6 that makes 500 pound-feet of torque can tow as much as 14,000 kilos and carry as much as 3,250 kilos with the 8-foot mattress and crew cab in rear-wheel drive. The 2020 Chevy Silverado has a towing capability of 13,400 kilos with its 6.2-liter V-8; the 2021 Ram 1500 maxes out with a towing capability of 12,750 kilos and a payload of 1,900 kilos with a 5.7-liter V-8. The payloads enhance with lighter V-6 engines, and the V-6 rivals common about 2,300 kilos relating to payload capability.
The three.5-liter turbocharged V-6 within the hybrid mannequin isn’t any slouch, both. That engine with a 35 kw motor tops the F-150 lineup by making 430 hp and 570 lb-ft. It has a tow ranking of 12,700 kilos and a payload of two,120 kilos, which trails the 5.0-liter V-8 at 13,000 and three,325 kilos, respectively. Each the V-8 and the turbo V-6 enhance output from 2020, with the V-8 rising by 5 hp and 10 lb-ft and the turbo V-6 at 25 hp and 30 lb-ft.
The 2021 Ford F-150 does much more, and might do double obligation from a cell workplace to a sleeper cabin, from a tailgate hero to a tech-loaded truck that may drive itself. However it will possibly price you; it has a value unfold beginning at simply over $30,000 and climbing to almost $80,000.
Like final 12 months, the 2021 F-150 is available in XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and Restricted trims. It has three cab kinds: common, prolonged, and four-door “SuperCrew”; and three mattress lengths: 5-foot-6, 6-foot-6, and eight toes. The size for the brand new truck are roughly the identical as 2020, with barely wider wheels and a extra aerodynamic physique with energetic grille shutters and a retractable air dam that helps enhance aerodynamics by 3%, which isn’t any small feat for a full-size truck.
Till the totally electrical F-150 launches in 2022, the hybrid reveals Ford’s ambition for the F-150 proper now. The 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid is the primary full hybrid system in a pickup and has a 35-kw motor powered by a 1.5-kwh lithium-ion battery pack paired to the three.5-liter turbo V-6. Ford calls its system PowerBoost.
That tank is 30.6 gallons, which interprets to about 23 mpg. Essentially the most environment friendly present 2020 F-150 is a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 with an EPA-rated 21 mpg metropolis, 29 freeway, 24 mixed.
The hybrid is obtainable in each trim stage, however solely in SuperCrew cab configuration, with rear- or four-wheel drive. The electrical motor makes 47 horsepower, and an identical electrical motor within the 2020 Ford Explorer makes 44 hp and provides 221 pound-feet of torque.
The 1.5-kwh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack matches between the body rails beneath the rear of the cab, and doesn’t intrude on inside area and cargo room. The hybrid truck has one other trick, nevertheless: an onboard generator.
The generator is on the market on all however the base 3.3-liter V-6 and turbodiesel 2021 F-150, however on the hybrid it’s commonplace. Gasoline vehicles provide a generator that makes 2.0-kw, whereas the hybrid upgrades that to 2.4-kw through twin 120-volt shops, and Ford quotes an 85-hour run time on a full tank of gasoline. Should you want extra energy to finish the job or blow out the social gathering within the lot or the woods, there may be an out there 7.2-kw generator for the hybrid that has 4 120-volt shops within the mattress and one 240-volt, 30-amp outlet for 32 hours of max use.
Each F-150 comes with a 10-speed automated transmission solely; the 6-speed automated is not.
Different modifications throughout the lineup are largely primarily based on superior expertise, however there are refined floor and structural modifications.
Bigger, wider tires broaden the stance by three-quarters of an inch, and the rounded entrance fenders are greater. The C-shaped headlights get refreshed, however halogen lights are nonetheless commonplace. Accessible LED and adaptive LED headlights and taillights, and an influence working board with a kick swap sweeten the pot. They’ll additionally probably juice the value of what is going to be a truck customizable in 1000’s of the way. The entrance of the truck may be fitted with one among 11 completely different grille designs, and the 14 wheel decisions vary from 17-inch metal wheels to 22-inch alloy rollers.
The tailgate options clamp pockets and cleats constructed into the edges to safe longer gadgets within the mattress, and an out there flat workspace with a built-in ruler, pill holder, cup- and pencil-holder.
You’ll be able to work, and play, properly into the night time with out there zone lighting that may be operated by way of a smartphone app or the truck’s touchscreen, so the dome mild or tailgate lights may be on, or the facet lamps, or all of them to keep at bay the bogeyman.
The dramatic modifications happen contained in the 2021 Ford F-150. Be aware the American flag etched into the motive force’s exterior vent. However first, allow us to repose within the out there reclining entrance seats that fold down almost 180-degrees like first-class airline seats.
That sleeping cabin simply converts right into a workspace with a collapsible gear shifter that folds into the console. A tabletop folds out from the armrest to cowl the console and convert it right into a eating high or worktop that matches a 15-inch laptop computer. That’s the tops. It’s out there throughout the lineup.
The inside is less complicated on the eyes, too. A 4.0-inch digital data cluster is commonplace, however most F-150 consumers will choose up for an 8.0- or 12.0-inch digital instrument cluster. An 8.0-inch touchscreen replaces the 4.2-inch show as commonplace tools, and an out there 12.0-inch touchscreen with a horizontal structure accommodates acquainted buttons and local weather knobs. The bigger touchscreen is commonplace on XLT excessive sequence and above.
Bigger screens make for higher backup digicam projection, particularly for towing and utilizing Ford’s trailer-assist system that makes use of a dial as an alternative of the steering wheel. New for 2021, a trailer-reverse driver help function migrates from heavy-duty Ford vehicles with eight out there cameras and much more views for simpler, extra assured towing.
Straightforward gave the impression to be on Ford’s thoughts with the provision of Energetic Drive Help, Ford’s hands-free adaptive cruise management system that may drive itself on 100,000 miles of mapped highways and roads. It has a driver-facing digicam to detect driver focus, which is required. It’s out there on Lariat fashions and above, however requires the extra buy of software program when it turns into out there in 2021. The software program may be downloaded through an over-the-air replace, or you would have it put in at a seller.
Different tech conveniences embody out there wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as is a complimentary app that may begin, unlock, and lock the truck.
The 2021 Ford F-150 goes on sale this fall. It begins at