We also now know when the order books for the next-generation Ford F-150 will open.
The 2021 Ford Bronco isn't the only major debut Ford is planning this year, as it will be joined by the next-generation 2021 Ford F-150. While the current model has only been on sale since the 2015 model year, Ford is facing tough competition from the redesigned Ram 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado. Since the F-150 is Ford's best-selling model, the Blue Oval automaker can't afford to fall behind the competition.
Originally, the 2021 Ford F-150 was expected to debut at the 2020 Detroit Auto Show in June, but the event was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. With Ford's US manufacturing plants closed, production of the 2021 Ford F-150 has inevitably been delayed, but we now know when it will start rolling off the assembly line.
According to the F-150 Gen14 forum, the 2021 F-150 was scheduled to start production at Ford's Dearborn Plant in Michigan on August 17 but this has been delayed until September 28. Ford's Kansas plant, on the other hand, will start building the fourteenth-generation F-150 on October 26, six weeks later than originally planned.
Before production begins, customer orders for the 2021 Ford F-150 will allegedly start on June 15. The order books were originally expected to open on May 29. As for the current model, the last day to order the 2020 Ford F-150 will be May 29, so you may want to act fast.
Since the current model is still relatively new, we aren't expecting any significant exterior design changes, but the interior will be upgraded with new tech. Leaked photos have shown the cabin will have a larger touchscreen for the infotainment system and a stow-away shift lever.
Engine options aren't expected to change from the current lineup, so expect the 2021 Ford F-150 to be offered with a 3.3-liter V6, a 2.7-liter and 3.5-liter twin-turbo, a 5.0-liter V8, and a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel. For the first time in the model's history, however, a plug-in hybrid model will be offered combining a twin-turbo V6 with a single electric motor, while a lithium-ion battery pack will provide up to ten miles of pure-electric driving. Next year, Ford will also launch a fully electric F-150 to compete with the Tesla Cybertruck and Rivian R1T.