2021 Ford F-150: New Spy Shots Show Next-Gen Truck Wearing An All-Black Suit

Ford is continuing the development of the next F-150 pickup truck, with test cars now spotted wearing an all-black camouflage instead of the previous white-black wrap.

Prototypes of the 2021 Ford F-150 are still fully covered from tip to toe, leaving just only a few tiny details exposed; things like a different front fascia, complete with new headlights, grille and bumper.

It’s still too early to pinpoint what is exactly going to change on the exterior of the Ford F-150 but it’s safe to expect that the car maker isn’t going to rewrite the rule books with the styling of its next-gen pickup truck.

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The interior however is going to receive a healthy boost in terms of quality and gadgets; the F-150 has to significantly up its game in this department and is expected to do so by getting plusher materials and features like a generous touchscreen display with tons of connectivity options. A semi-autonomous driving system is also a given.

Big changes are also coming to the powertrain department, as Ford has already announced both hybrid and full-electric versions for the next-gen F-150, alongside the traditional ICE models. We assume that the full electric version will take a little longer to reach the market, with the plug-in hybrid most likely to be available from the get-go.

Speaking of which, Ford has already announced a plug-in hybrid 444hp (450PS) powertrain option for the Ford Explorer, which combined the 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 with an 100hp electric motor and a 10-speed automatic transmission. Sounds like this is probably the same one going into the next F-150, if you ask us.

The new Ford F-150 is expected to be revealed sometime next year as a 2021 model, and by then hopefully we’ll have some more new information to share.

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  • pissedoffjuicebox

    I hope the headlights don’t blind all incoming traffic as any Ford taller than the Fusion currently does. They look neat, but need to be aimed properly.

    • Ben

      Don’t they have smart headlights or whatever its called to prevent that? I thought they did.

      • pissedoffjuicebox

        The auto high-beams? No, look at the 2018 Explorer, the LED headlights on those blind the daylights out of people, the IIHS has given them a poor rating because they exceed the glare threshold by over 200%. The F-150 is in a similar boat.

        It’s difficult to have headlights that high and not blind people, which is why the crocodile face of the original 2016ish Jeep Cherokee, and the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe are becoming more common, the headlights are lower and don’t glare as much.

        • Ben

          Oh wow, I had no clue, especially about the IIHS findings. I’ve been eye the new F250 Tremor too. Kinda sucks to think I’ll be blinding people on a daily basis if I close on the truck.

          • pissedoffjuicebox

            Yeah, it’s a shame. Ford’s trucks look the best, imo. The F-150 only exceeds the glare threshold by 120%ish, not as bad as the 230% of the Explorer, but still rough.

            The Ram, Sierra, Titan, and Tundra all have only moderate or no glare. The Tundra is ancient though, and neither it nor the Titan have a heavier duty trim like the F-250. I’d look at the IIHS closely before closing, just my two cents.

  • Smartypants

    It’s pretty obvious from these pics that Ford will be keeping their signature “dropping window line” on the front doors. The mirrors are mounted too low and are being obscured by that fake trim piece going straight across.

    • no25

      Have you ever driven one? The “dropping window line” is actually really nice and helpful for viewing purposes.

  • Felipe Politano

    My guess is that the engine lineup will consist of
    – 290hp 3.3 V6 (from the current F150)
    – 318hp 3.3 V6 Hybrid (from the Explorer)
    – 350-400hp 3.0 V6 Ecoboost (from Lincoln)
    – 444hp 3.0 V6 Plug In (from the Explorer)
    – 450-500hp 3.5 V6 Ecoboost (from the Raptor)

    I’m guessing no V8 will be the headlining news, and maybe Ford even throws in a turbo four if the truck ends up lightweight enough, Ranger sales be damned

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      This is a great list and likely what will happen. The loss of the 5.0 will be sad for many.

      Do you think that 3.0tt is tough enough for truck duty though? If it is introduced, I’m sure they’ll add some key reinforcements….

      • Felipe Politano

        Yeah… I mean, the 2.7 Ecoboost in the F150 is mostly the same as the one in the Fusion Sport, Edge, Continental… so I’m guessing the 3-liter should do just fine, right?

        • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

          Hopefully!

    • GreenPat

      I hope the top end is the higher end version of the 3.0 plug-in. Top tuning in the Explorer ST is 400hp 415 lbft. Add the plug in and that’s 500hp 615 lbft. With 200 lbft instant EV torque to get things moving before to twin turbos kick in.

      • GreenPat

        Where the real profits for this powertrain are from the Navigator Grand Touring at $100k+ each. Would also work in the Raptor. The same system is already on use with the Aviator Grand Touring on the new D6 platform. The Mustang will be moving to a variation on this platform. Would love to see this powertrain in a Mustang SVO. Basically a GT350 with the 500hp 615 lbft PHEV. Drop the mag-ride suspension and add a 6-speed manual only along with regenerative braking.

  • SteersUright

    Why the puny wheels and tires on such a massive truck? Looks weird.

  • WalthamDan

    Looks like it will stick out a good two feet from any average-sized parking slot.

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