A new "sleeper seat" for the passenger turns the F-150 into a first-class airline cabin.
As the Ford F-150 enters into an all-new generation for the 2021 model year, the bulk of Ford's transformative efforts will be centered on the interior. The cabin is set to get a dramatic overhaul with more premium-looking soft-touch materials, bigger available infotainment screen options, an available digital instrument display, and a more handsome, square appearance overall.
But we've just learned of another key feature the 2021 Ford F-150 will pack into its overhauled cabin: a lay-flat "sleeper" seat on the passengers side. Ford might be running the risk of abetting those who want to nap on the job, but nonetheless, it's a feature many can undoubtedly appreciate.
The passengers seat is essentially similar to the sort of sleeper seats you might encounter in the first-class section on some passenger airplanes, one insider told Reuters recently.
"You can basically live in the truck," their source said.
It's a clever addition; as much of a workhorse as the Ford F-150 is, it also serves as a lifestyle vehicle for many, with enough towing and hauling capacity to serve as a practical vacation-mobile. The sleeper seat is a thoughtful feature for those customers who might want to use the truck for a weekend camping getaway, giving them a place to curl up in the event it's too cold or wet for a tent. Couple that with the rumored on-board generator option, and the new F-150 may truly be nicer than most city apartments.
It also demonstrates some of Ford's core philosophy for the new redesign: make the cabin a nicer place to dwell. The Ram 1500 was widely praised for its more comfortable, premium-feeling interior after the release of the new 2019 model, in some ways leaving Ford to play catch-up.
That philosophy extends to the overall user experience, as well, with the 2021 Ford F-150 benefitting from a new electrical architecture that allows for over-the-air software updates, eliminating the need for some service center visits and helping reduce warranty costs for fleet customers. And, it stands to reason that the redesigned F-150 will receive Ford's latest SYNC 4 infotainment system, giving users the best possible experience in everything from navigation to multimedia.
The 2021 Ford F-150 is set to be revealed Thursday, June 25 before starting sales later this year.