With the 2021 Ford F-150 now in production, Ford has finally released all the specs for the best-selling truck in North America. As the segment leader for more than four decades, this 14th-generation f-150 is important to Ford.
With the introduction of a hybrid powertrain, Ford needed to show that the hybrid F-150 would be a workhorse too. The specs that are released reveal that the F-150 with the PowerBoost (aka hybrid technology) will in fact be a beast, creating more torque than any F-150 ever before.
“F-150 is the flagship of Ford’s dedication to building the best trucks and represents our commitment to not just meeting customer needs but exceeding them,” said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager. “With capability and functionality foundational to F-Series, the all-new F-150 not only tows more and hauls more than any other light-duty full-size pickup, it is built to surpass customer expectations with smart innovations that will make them even more productive every day.”
The all-new F-150 brings features like available Pro Power Onboard, Interior Work Surface, Pro Trailer Backup Assist and a Tailgate Work Surface, plus advanced driver-assist and connectivity technology. Standard over-the-air updates keep F-150 at the forefront of technology, while its all-new interior is designed to be comfortable, useful and connected.
2021 Ford F-150 payload
The 2021 F-150 is built on a fully boxed high-strength steel frame with a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy body and box. When equipped with the proven available 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and Max Trailer Tow Package, F-150 is rated for more conventional towing than any light-duty full-size pickup – a maximum 14,000 pounds, a gain of 800 pounds over the 2020 model.
PowerBoost full hybrid trucks are rated at a maximum of 12,700 pounds of conventional towing – the most towing ever offered by any full hybrid pickup. Maximum payload increases to 3,325 pounds – more than 1,000 pounds over F-150’s closest full-size light-duty competitor – with gains across most trim levels and configurations. PowerBoost-equipped trucks debut with a maximum payload of 2,120 pounds for the Crew Cab 4x2 model with 6.5-foot box.
The hybrid F-150 sees a lower payload due to the size of the batteries.
Horsepower and Torque Numbers for 2021 Ford F-150
The all-new class-exclusive 3.5-liter PowerBoost full hybrid is the most powerful option in the F-150 lineup, making 430 horsepower and 570 lb.-ft. of torque. Not only does this powertrain deliver the most torque ever in an F-150, its standard Pro Power Onboard brings unmatched exportable power, 2.4 kilowatts of standard power and an available 7.2 kilowatts – enough to power 28 average refrigerators.
F-150’s 5.0-liter V8 gets a bump of 5 horsepower and 10 lb.-ft. of torque, to 400 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft., while the proven 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 is now rated at 400 horsepower and 500 lb.-ft. – a jump of 25 horsepower and 30 lb.-ft. of torque. With six engine options all paired with the Ford-designed and assembled 10-speed automatic transmission, there’s an F-150 for every job, every budget and every hardworking customer.
It's funny to see that the V8, which many old school truck consumers enjoy is third in power output when it comes to horsepower and torque. Ford continues to up its game with the turbo boosting technology of the EcoBoost and now with the introduction of the hybrid PowerBoost, there’s more options for consumers who want max power and torque.
New Technology on the 2021 Ford F-150
As I reported on earlier this summer, the 2021 F-150 is full of great new technology and some pretty cool features. Today’s trucks need some gimmicks it seems and the 2021 F-150 offers some, although for me, most of these are practical and useful and not so much gimmicky.
The all-new F-150 adds technology that works to improve towing convenience and driver confidence. It is the only light-duty full size pickup with available Pro Trailer Backup Assist and Trailer Reverse Guidance. New Trailer Reverse Guidance uses the truck’s high-resolution cameras to provide multiple views along with helpful graphics that tell drivers which way to turn the steering wheel when backing up. Pro Trailer Backup Assist makes backing up a trailer as easy as turning a dial.
F-150 provides customer-focused features including standard 4G LTE modem with Wi-Fi hotspot, new standard tailgate clamp pockets, available Interior Work Surface, available Tailgate Work Surface, available Ford Co-Pilot360 2.0 and available class-exclusive Max Recline Seats.
Pricing and Availability of 2021 F-150
Using Ford’s price and build matrix, I was able to price the 2021 F-150 as low as $30,000 and also well north of $70,000 with lots of bells and whistles on it. Truck consumers seem to want to buy features a la carte, and that is certainly an option for the 2021 F-150.
As for availability, the 2021 Ford F-150 goes on sale this fall. It is built and assembled at the Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Michigan, and Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri. No EPA ratings are yet available for the 2021 Ford F-150.
So, I definitely want to hear your thoughts on the payload and towing of the 2021 Ford F-150. What do you like, what don’t you like? Leave me your comments below. I will have more later on this week for some of the other specs that Ford has released for the 14th-generation F-150.
Jimmy Dinsmore has been an automotive journalist for more than a decade and been a writer since the high school. His Driver’s Side column features new car reviews and runs in several newspapers throughout the country. He is also co-author of the book “Mustang by Design” and “Ford Trucks: A Unique Look at the Technical History of America’s Most Popular Truck”. Also, Jimmy works in the social media marketing world for a Canadian automotive training aid manufacturing company. Follow Jimmy on Facebook, Twitter, at his special Ford F-150 coverage on Twitter and LinkedIn. You can read the most of Jimmy's stories by searching Torque News Ford for daily Ford vehicle report.