Its fresh underpinnings will turn versatility up a notch, too

Ford is hard at work to bring the new 2021 F-150 to the right shape for a launch and while details are scarce and spyshots even scarcer, a newly surfaced set of digital renderings could shed some light on the truck’s appearance for each one of its iterations, including the Raptor and the all-electric F-150.

In all fairness, Ford won’t go overboard with altering the F-150’s design cues so what we’ll most likely get could be deemed an evolution rather than a revolution. However, these changes will be easy to spot since this is a new generation we’re talking and not a mere run-of-the-mill nip and tuck for the F-150.

What will the new Ford F-150 look like?

The New 2021 Ford F-150 Could Very Well Look Like This Exterior
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Last time we heard about the new 2021 Ford F-150 pickup truck it was via a report from Ford Authority that claimed a debut is scheduled for April 29, 2020. Turns out the information was incorrect, as Motor1 spoke to a Blue Oval spokesperson who denied the claims, at the same time failing to provide details on when we should expect an official debut. Bummer.

Appearance-wise, an earlier batch of spyshots triggered some mixed feeling among F-150 aficionados.

The shapes and proportions hidden under the camo foil suggested a more obedient, non-polarizing design approach than what we’ve seen from Chevy and its Silverado.

But despite the overall cleanliness, some diehard fans spotted GMC resemblances when it comes to headlights and hints of Ram cues as far as the front grille is concerned.

2021 Ford F-150 Exterior Spyshots
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The problem with spyshots is that more often than not, they’re pretty misleading. Camo-clad test mules are obviously meant to hide stuff from the prying eye, but the crisp renderings published on f150gen14.com throw a hefty amount of light on the new 2021 F-150’s look.

The same forum mentions these particular pixel manipulations were possible through the input of “inside sources who have seen the fiberglass mockup.” As you’re about to see, the regular F-150 is envisioned with a cleaner grille (supposedly for better aerodynamics and cooling) split by a single horizontal slat with the Blue Oval logo slapped right down the middle.

The New 2021 Ford F-150 Could Very Well Look Like This Exterior
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Another evident trick sees the inverted-C-shaped headlights smoothly integrated into the front end. This couples with another neat effect that has the light cluster continuing downwards into the front bumper.

The all-electric F-150 won’t depart from the philosophy described above, although it should flaunt some differentiating bits and bobs, such as the closed grille, new badges, and perhaps different bumpers.

As for the Raptor, it’s expected to sport wider, plastic-clad wheel arches, a Ford-lettered blacked-out grille, more sculpted body panels where and there, and new, larger wheels.

The New 2021 Ford F-150 Could Very Well Look Like This Exterior
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Cosmetics aside, the new Ford F-150 pickup truck will sit on a newly-developed body-on-frame platform compatible with plug-in-hybrid and electric architectures. It might also get a downsized V-8 engine, but we’ll let Ford’s official channels confirm or deny this particular rumor.

2020 Ford F-150 specifications
Engine 3.3L Ti-VCT V6 FFV 2.7L EcoBoost V6 5.0L V8 3.5L EcoBoost V6 3.0L Power Stroke® V6 High Output 3.5L EcoBoost V6
Configuration Naturally-aspirated V6, overhead cams Twin-turbocharged and intercooled V6, overhead cams Naturally-aspirated V8, overhead cams Twin-turbocharged and intercooled V6, overhead cams Single turbocharged and intercooled V6 diesel Twin-turbocharged and intercooled V6, overhead cams
Block/Head material Aluminum block, aluminum heads Compacted graphite iron block, aluminum heads Aluminum block, aluminum heads Aluminum block, aluminum heads Compacted graphite iron block, aluminum heads Aluminum block, aluminum heads
Displacement 3.3 liters (204 cubic inches) 2.7 liters (164 cubic inches) 5.0 liters (307 cubic inches) 3.5 liters (213 cubic inches) 3.0 liters (182.5 cubic inches) 3.5 liters (213 cubic inches)
Bore x stroke 3.56 inches x 3.41 inches 3.267 inches x 3.267 inches 3.66 inches x 3.65 inches 3.64 inches x 3.41 inches 3.31 inches x 3.54 inches 3.64 inches x 3.41 inches
Compression ratio 12:1 10.3:1 12:1 10.5:1 16:1 10.0:1
Horsepower 290 hp @6,500 rpm 325 hp @5,000 rpm 395 hp @5,750 rpm 375 hp @5,000 rpm 250 hp @3,250 rpm 450 hp @5,000 rpm
Torque 265 lb.-ft.@4,000 rpm 400 lb-ft @2,750 rpm 400 lb.-ft. @4,500 rpm 470 lb.-ft. @3,500 rpm 440 lb.-ft. @1,750 rpm 510 lb.-ft. @3,500 rpm
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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