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2021 Ford F-150 features and tech aim to delight owners and stump the competition

Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press on

Published in Automotive News

Millions of pickup lovers got their first look at the new version of America's best-selling vehicle, the F-150, when Ford revealed it online Thursday night.

Changes inside and out include everything from a new body, hands-free highway driving and a hybrid model that doubles as a campsite generator to a shifter that tucks away to turn the front seat and tailgate into work spaces for anything from emailing invoices to cutting planks.

Updated connectivity for phones and online information complete the picture.

New from the ground up, the 2021 F-150 is the first major update since Ford's franchise vehicle adopted aluminum body panels for the 2015 model year. As with that pickup, the '21 F-150's body is made of aluminum. Its frame is fully boxed high-strength steel.

The F-150's dimensions are virtually unchanged, except for a slightly wider track.

Ford promises best-in-class power and towing capability. Figures will be available closer to when sales start later this year.

 

Production will begin shortly at Ford's sprawling Rouge complex in Michigan, followed by a second plant outside Kansas City, Missouri.

High on the list of features F-150 owners should like:

Hybrid model doubles as a generator

A hybrid model that goes on sale later this year will double as a generator that produces 2.4 to 7.2 kilowatts -- enough to power a worksite full of tools, a deluxe campsite or your house in a blackout. The generator also can charge tools while you drive.

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