Next-Generation 2021 Ford F-150 Won’t Be A Major Overhaul

A prototype of the next-generation 2021 Ford F-150 has been spied during a recent round of testing in the United States.

As testing of the all-new F-150 only recently commenced, limited details about the new model are known. However, it is immediately apparent that this prototype has a number of visual elements which distinguish it from the outgoing model. This likely includes a newly-designed front grille, different headlights, and bespoke taillights.

Our spy photographers suggest that the Crew Cab prototype in question appeared to have slightly more space in the rear than the current model.

Interestingly, it has previously been suggested that the 2021 F-150, while marketed as an all-new model, may in fact be more of a heavy refresh of the current model. Ford has allegedly decided to do this as a way to make the most of the massive investment it made in the existing F-150 due to its aluminum-intensive construction.

Also Read: Ford Scaling Back 5.0L V8 Production For F-150 Trucks As Demand Drops

Ford will certainly look to update the interior of its most popular pickup truck and likely install it with a new infotainment screen, a number of different materials, and different gauges. New seats are also likely.

From a mechanical standpoint, it is believed that the 5.0-liter V8 engine offered for the existing F-150 will be dropped in favor of a smaller and more efficient 4.8-liter unit. A plug-in hybrid variant is also said to be on the cards.

If the new F-150 does launch as a 2021 model as many expect, it may actually arrive before the long-awaited Bronco. While we’d love to see the Bronco first, the presence of these two models in Ford’s line-up will almost certainly make up for the automaker’s lack of traditional cars moving forward.

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Photo credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for Carscoops

  • NoMan2015

    lol “bespoke taillights”…really? who wrote this?

  • Benjamin B.

    I’m surprised Ford isn’t planning to discontinue the V8 engine option altogether. I don’t see the point of going to a smaller displacement 4.8L engine. The EcoBoost gasoline engines and the turbo diesel option offer more torque and performance. There’ll be also be an available plugin hybrid with about 600 ft lbs. I don’t see the need for a V8 option. The 5.0L is only offered to appease displacement purists. It’s not even widely available at dealerships.

    • Afi Keita James

      V8 is great for Ford F-150.

    • SpeedDemon

      My wife sells Fords, and some people just won’t consider anything but a V8

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    Of course it won’t be a major overhaul, it just got one a few years ago.

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    After all… if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

  • Matteo Tommasi

    An interior redesign is needed. The new RAM is two steps over the competition inside

    • SteersUright

      Totally agreed. Not one full size truck aside from the Ram has a decent interior.

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