2021 F-150: Ford’s new truck has hands-free driving and hybrid options


Ford has revealed the 2021 mannequin of the F-150, and lots of consumers will discover the latest model of the automaker’s tremendous fashionable pickup truck filled with expertise when it will get launched later this 12 months. The new F-150 could have an optionally available hands-free driving mode, be able to receiving over-the-air software program updates, and include wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The firm may also begin promoting a hybrid model of the 2021 F-150 that may journey about 700 miles on a full tank of gasoline.

The hands-free driving characteristic — which Ford calls “Active Drive Assist” — is identical that’s coming to the Mustang Mach-E electrical SUV subsequent 12 months. That will make the F-150 one of many solely automobiles within the US that has hands-free driving when the characteristic is obtainable, together with Cadillac’s And GM’s Super Cruise-equipped vehicles and SUVs. Active Drive Assist will solely be out there on divided highways that Ford has mapped, and prospects should purchase a selected {hardware} bundle that permits the characteristic, which can embody a driver monitoring system that makes use of a driver-facing infrared digital camera to verify they’re watching the highway. They’ll additionally should pay further for the Active Drive Assist software program.

Even if consumers don’t go for Active Drive Assist, the brand new F-150 will nonetheless supply the remainder of the options that make up Ford’s Co-Pilot360 driver help system. Some will come commonplace, like automated emergency braking and pedestrian detection — which is nice information contemplating the behemoth dimension of the F-150. Others will price further, like adaptive cruise management, lane centering, post-collision braking, trailer backup help, and extra.

The greater variations of the brand new F-150 will include a 12-inch panorama touchscreen within the heart of the dashboard (versus the vertical show present in Fiat Chrysler’s competitor, the Dodge Ram), whereas smaller variations of the truck could have an eight-inch display screen. Both will run Sync 4, the latest model of Ford’s infotainment system. It is likely one of the solely automobiles on the highway to supply wi-fi variations of each Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and there’s a wi-fi charging pad beneath the infotainment display screen, in addition to USB-A and USB-C ports. All fashions could have a 12-inch digital instrument cluster behind the steering wheel.

The new F-150 will be up to date over the air, too. Ford says that gained’t simply be for enhancements to the infotainment system. Rather, the corporate says the updates are “bumper-to-bumper,” that means they will “support preventative maintenance, reduce repair trips, provide improved performance and ultimately result in more vehicle up-time.”

Ford is engaged on an all-electric model of the F-150 due out in 2022. But within the meantime, it’s now lastly going to supply a hybrid model of the truck, following within the footsteps of General Motors and Fiat Chrysler.

But whereas these different vans have been gentle hybrids that used small electrical motors and batteries to extend effectivity, Ford’s can be a full hybrid powertrain, using the corporate’s fourth-generation model of the expertise. A 35kW (47 horsepower) electrical motor will pull energy from a 1.5kWh battery pack, giving the truck a lift throughout acceleration and permitting it to get round 700 miles on a 30.6-gallon tank of gasoline, roughly 23 miles per gallon.

Unfortunately, Ford isn’t releasing official gasoline economic system figures simply but, so it’s onerous to say precisely how way more environment friendly the hybrid model can be in comparison with its gas-only counterparts. The hybrid F-150 can be offered in rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive variants, with every truck marrying the electrical elements to a twin-turbocharged V6 engine. And the hybrid F-150 doesn’t have a plug, so the onboard battery can be recharged by the power created when the truck makes use of the electrical motor to assist brake.

All advised, the brand new F-150 represents what is probably going Ford’s largest year-to-year leap in relation to the expertise that powers the corporate’s hottest car phase. Ford says it’s not simply cramming in expertise for expertise’s sake, and that every of the brand new additions serves a real objective. There are loads of extra easy truck characteristic, and new utility choices that ought to please those that spend probably the most time inside these automobiles, like an onboard generator and a brand new center-console “work surface” that may maintain a laptop computer. The new seats even fold again 180 levels, so homeowners who actually love their vans can spend some actual downtime inside them, too.