Meet the All-New 2021 Ford F-150 in Leavenworth, Kansas
New Ford Trucks Arriving Soon at Zeck Ford
Truck lovers, it’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for: the all-new 2021 Ford F-150 is on its way to Ford dealerships around the country, and you soon can see it first at Zeck Ford, near Kansas City.
Ford announced the new pick-up truck back in June, releasing photographs and details about the latest features of America’s most popular truck. And this year, it’s different. The Ford F-150 is the maker’s flagship, but now Ford is competing with the likes of Tesla and others offering all-electric, powerful pick-ups.
For 2021, expect to see Ford trucks with traditional internal combustion engines, as well as hybrid and all-electric versions (expected sometime in the next couple of years — you’ll have to hold your horsepower for that one). Plus, Ford added a whole bunch of technology to the truck, so these bad boys are more than just workhorses. They’re suites and so, so sweet.
New Features of the 2021 Ford F-150
To make smart decisions during the development process, Ford hired anthropologists to learn how people use their pickup trucks, so they could determine how to improve their offering and make it even more useful.
What they found is that trucks are not only used as a premium SUV for families with the King Ranch®, Platinum, and Limited trim levels, but they’re work trucks-turned-relaxation spaces on the job site, too. And if they can be even more useful than just for hauling and getting from Point A to Point B, people will spend a heck of a lot longer in their trucks than ever before.
The 2021 models and future years will offer:
- An integrated power generator, called “Pro Power Onboard,” which can power tools and other equipment at the job site, even where electricity isn’t available. It provides up to 7.2 kilowatts of output (although it is not available on the diesel F-150s).
- Advanced driver-assist systems, such as “Active Drive Assist,” which is similar to Tesla’s Autopilot. You can yell, “Look, Ma! No hands!” as you cruise down select stretches of highway.
- The new Sync 4 on a 12-inch touchscreen gives you voice recognition, cloud-based connectivity, voice-activated navigation, Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go, Blind-Spot Information System with trailer coverage, and more, with over-the-air tech updates for your truck’s computer system.
- A premium exterior work surface to take care of the business side of your business while you’re out on the job site or traveling between clients. The tailgate includes a built-in measuring tool, cupholder, writing utensil storage, and tablet holder, plus a smooth writing surface. You even get built-in clamps for cutting lumber!
- And a premium interior work surface, too. A table folds out from the center console, or pivots toward you if you select the bench seat, enabling you to sign documents, work on your laptop, or take your lunch break. You’ll never have to be bored in the boardroom ever again.
- Max-recline seats in models released in later 2021. They’re not for use while driving, but they do give you an opportunity to lay all the way back and take a rest after a hard day’s work before you head home (or to make the most out of your lunch break with a power nap).
- Rear-seat storage and locking underseat storage protects your valuables and keeps them concealed and secure. Fold up the back seats and get a rear floor that makes it easy to haul large items, safe inside the cab of your truck. Sometimes the truck bed just won’t do!
- Zone lighting illuminates the areas all the way around your truck, including inside the bed, so you never have to fumble for a flashlight ever again. Control the lights from the FordPass App on your phone, too.
- The Powerboost® Full Hybrid Engine, a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine uses both gas and electric energy while still producing best-in-class horsepower and torque. The EPA estimates a whopping 700 miles of range on a full tank of gas, so you’ll spend less time at the pump and more time doing what you love. This Hybrid is no wimp. You’ll also get an added 47 horsepower, at least 12,000 pounds of towing capacity, and rear- or four-wheel drive.
- Best-in-class towing and best-in-class available payload, to pull and carry whatever needs moving.
- Updated exterior. The F-150 is still agile with its aluminum body panels, but a slightly wider wheelbase, active front air dam, and active grille shutters make it more aerodynamic and fuel efficient than ever before. It still looks like an F-150, but somehow better.
- You’ll never be in the dark again. The headlights on the new F-150 swivel to lead you around corners and light up the night.
- Safety comes standard. Every 2021 F-150 model will come outfitted with rear cross traffic alert, following distance alert, evasive steering assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality, lane-keeping assist, rearview camera, reverse brake assist, and Active Park Assist 2.0. Available blind spot monitoring takes your trailer into account when delivering warning messages, and intersection assist helps by monitoring the road to prevent you from turning left into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
- Ford sweetens the deal with utility features like tie-down cleats on the edge of the tailgate and longer running boards that can extend with an underbody kick for hands-free operation.
The F-150 Leads, Never Follows
Last year, Ford sold 900,000 F-series pickups in the U.S. It’s not debatable: the F-series is the sales leader of all trucks — and vehicles on the road — for more than four decades. The new 2021 F-series line of pickups is the latest reason why it’ll stay that way.
Expect the F-series to be the most technically advanced truck on the road and to arrive in dealerships this fall. The Dearborn, Michigan and Kansas City assembly plants are working to produce the new truck despite the coronavirus pandemic, which may still cause delays in the delivery schedule.
Watch for our announcement for when the first 2021 F-150 trucks arrive at Zeck Ford, at 4501 S. 4th Street in Leavenworth, KS, just a short drive from Kansas City. In the meantime, shop our current inventory of F-150 trucks.