A few days ago, Ford Philippines launched the 2020 F-150 for the local market. It marks the return of the full-size pick-up truck in the local market after a two-decade hiatus. All well and good, but across the Pacific, the North American market just got their hands on the latest generation model of the pick-up.
Officially making its world debut is the 2021 Ford F-150. Bigger, bolder, and a lot more high-tech, the F-150 is now available with hybrid power, along with a more comfortable and tech-laden cabin.
Beginning with the most obvious (or not-so-obvious) changes, the 2021 F-150 gets a bolder front fascia courtesy of redesigned headlights and a bigger front grille. There are a total of 11 grille choices for the new F-150, depending on the variant chosen. New active grille shutters allow for better aerodynamics and fuel efficiency, while a new automatically deploying air dam can reduce overall drag.
A new power dome hood, wraparound bumpers, and higher front fenders give the pick-up truck a tougher and more rugged appearance. Around the back, the F-150 gets a fresh set of LED taillights and a new rear bumper. It also features new appliques on the tailgate that show a bigger Ford badge paired with a more prominent F-150 motif.
Inside, the F-150's cabin appears to have only received a minor makeover. Those with a keen eye, however, will immediately notice it has a bigger 12-inch touchscreen on the center dashboard. There's even an optional fully-digital instrument cluster that gives the pick-up truck a high-tech finish.
No SYNC 3 here as the F-150 now comes with the all-new SYNC 4 system. With it, it can now link up with smartphones via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto wirelessly and support new apps like Ford+Alexa. Other features like Bluetooth, navigation, and Applink are also available on SYNC 4. A new 8-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system is available as standard, with higher-grade models having the option of an 18-speaker system B&O system.
Need the F-150 to double as a workstation while you're out on the road or at a rest-stop? The optional Interior Work Surface will serve as a makeshift desk. You can sign documents, work on a laptop with ease, or enjoy a meal without ever leaving the comforts of the pick-up truck.
Under the hood, the 2021 F-150 gets a new gas-electric hybrid powertrain called PowerBoost. It consists of a 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost that is helped along by a 35-kW electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery. No output figures have been revealed yet but Ford claims the PowerBoost makes the 2021 F-150 the most powerful in its class.
Ford is estimating that it can tow up to 5,440 kg, and can cover over 1,120 km on a single tank. The F-150 also comes with regenerative braking which can recharge the lithium-ion battery pack to save on fuel while on the go.
Other standard engines for the F-150 have been carried over for the 2021 model year. These include the 2.7L and 3.5L EcoBoost V6s, the 5.0-liter Coyote V8, the 3.0-liter Powerstroke turbo-diesel, and the 3.3-liter naturally-aspirated V6.
Need to power a building site or power your lights during a blackout? The F-150 now comes with Pro Power Onboard which serves as the pick-up's built-in generator. Standard models will get a 2.0-kW output while PowerBoost variants can get up to 7.2-kW of power output. Devices can be powered via in-cabin outlets, or by way of four cargo-bed 120V outlets. A more powerful 240V outlet is available on the 7.2-kW versions of the onboard generator.
A full suite of active safety systems keeps the F-150 and its occupants safe from harm. Thanks to Co-Pilot 360 2.0, the pick-up truck now comes with more intelligent safety kits like automatic emergency braking, active drive assist, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic parking assist, etc.
With the 2021 F-150 set to be released in the North American market soon, what does this mean for the 2020 models we currently have? Well, originally Ford Philippines was supposed to release the 2020 F-150 during this year's Manila International Auto Show. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they had to delay its launch by three months which coincided with the US launch of the next-generation model.
But should sales of the 2020 model be high enough, perhaps Ford can bring in the 2021 model sooner rather than later?