- Turn your truck into a mobile office with the F-150's optional Interior Work Surface. Travis says this feature has created a buzz as it creates a flat surface to work from in both captain's chairs and bench seat configurations. In a captain's chair configuration the shifter will retract into the console and a table can then be unfolded for a flat surface large enough to sign papers, work from a laptop and more. The bench seat configuration features a sturdy table that slides out and rotates close to the driver for that same large flat work surface.
- An all-new 12-inch center screen is one of the many easily seen upgrades made to the 2021 F-150. Travis says buyers increasingly are looking for larger touch screen displays and the 12-inch screen will be standard on XLT high series and above. In addition, an 8-inch touch screen will now be standard on XL and XLT standard and mid-series trucks that previously only had 4-inch screens. Highlighting Ford's desire to make features like the 12-inch center screen available to all customers, Travis says that feature will be available on more than 50 percent of the F-150 lineup rather than just the top trim levels where exclusive features are often limited to.
- For those who work and often live out of their vehicles, Ford's class-exclusive Max Recline Seats make rest more comfortable from the cabin of your truck. Travis says designers have created a seat that folds flat, almost 180 degrees, with a bottom cushion that comes up to meet the back cushion when reclined to make a completely flat seat.
- Some of the most exciting new updates to the 2021 Ford F-150 are those that you can't see at all like the 10 new driver-assist features as part of the Ford Co-Pilot360™ 2.0. Active Drive Assist is a feature that allows for hands-free driving on 100,000+ miles of divided highways across the country. Travis says the system uses a camera that reads the driver's head position and eye gaze to make sure they are paying attention to the road, and as long as those conditions are met, your F-150 will handle steering, gas and braking keeping you safely in your lane and navigating traffic. It's a really cool technology and experience, he says, and they are excited to be able to offer it in 2021.
Other great new Driver Assist technologies in the F-150 include Reverse Brake Assist which is a backup safety feature that will give audio and visual warnings if something is in your path and use automatic braking to help you avoid hitting anything. Ford's Post-Collision Braking is a feature that, in the event of a collision, helps prevent the vehicle from rolling into a second collision. Evasive Steering Assist is part of the Ford Co-Pilot 360 technology that uses radar and a camera to detect a slower moving or stationary vehicle ahead and helps you maneuver around the vehicle. Lane Centering Assist provides warnings through steering wheel vibrations that alert you if you move out of your lane or hover too close to one side or the other. Ford's Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control has all the features of Adaptive Cruise Control, but it also adds sign recognition and automatically adjusts your cruise control to reflect the new posted speed limit. The Auto Hold feature allows drivers to take their foot off of the brake while at a stoplight and still keep the truck in a stationary position, without having the pedal pressed the whole time.
- With any technology, updates are essential. Updates are part of keeping technology current and functional. With so much technology built into the 2021 Ford F-150, Travis says having a way to quickly deliver updates to drivers was important to Ford. Because every Ford truck comes with a standard embedded modem, over-the-air updates are now possible to help customers' trucks stay at the forefront of purposeful technology. These updates don't just apply to the infotainment system, but also include bumper-to-bumper updates that support preventative maintenance, reduce repair trips, provide improved performance and more.
- The all new 3.5-liter PowerBoost is the first fully hybrid engine in the truck world. It's still tough and capable and worthy of the "Built Ford Tough" motto, while also delivering amazing performance from a hybrid engine. It has the most torque and horsepower of any light-duty full-size truck, boasting 12,000 pounds of towing and also achieving a range of 700 miles on a single tank of gas. This is not a frail battery powered truck, it's still purposeful and powerful. Diving into the hybrid concept a bit more, Travis says there are mild hybrids and then there is Ford's full hybrid. A mild hybrid is basically an electric motor that is added to a truck to boost low end torque or electric horsepower. In the case of the Ford 3.5-liter PowerBoost, Travis says it combines Ford's proven EcoBoost engine and 10-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission with a 35-kilowatt (47-horsepower) electric motor integrated into the transmission. The electric motor applies regenerative braking energy capture to help recharge the 1.5-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery.
- The all-new 3.5-liter PowerBoost™ hybrid powertrain provides another great feature - the Pro Power Onboard™ which is an integrated power generator. This new feature comes standard on the PowerBoost engine, but is also available on gas powertrains as well, Travis says. This feature turns your truck into a portable generator with the capability to power your hunting or fishing camp, your backwoods campsite, your jobsite, tailgate party or virtually anything else. Pro Power Onboard is available with a 2.0-kilowatt output option, 2.4-kilowatt option or an incredible 7.2 kilowatt option. The power is delivered 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.
There are too many features on the new 2021 Ford F-150 to cover in just one interview, however one last feature is important to note. The Ford F-150 is 100% assembled in America at Ford's Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Michigan, and Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri. An American Flag is incorporated into the new dash design as a nod to this truck that is proudly built in the U.S.A.
Be sure to listen in to The Revolution with Jim and Trav this week as Travis Calhoun, Ford Motor Company's F-150 Consumer Marketing Manager joins the guys to dish on the new 2021 Ford F-150.