Such a Tease

Teaser photo and new details about next-gen 2021 Ford F-150 revealed

The first official teaser image of the Ford F-150 has been released.

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We now know more than just that it will be Built Ford Proud. Setting aside the various spy photos and leaked images, there's finally (official) news about the next-generation Ford F-150 coming out of Dearborn.

The first bit is the teaser photo that Ford released today showing the front end of the truck. Here's squarer side mirrors are shown than what is in the current generation and it looks like Ford has sharpened the edges of its LED light signature. But wait, there's more.

Using a little Photoshop magic on the image reveals more details.

2021 Ford F-150 Teaser Turning up the brightness on the photo in Photoshop reveals more details.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Here, it's apparent that the double dimple hood has sharp creases from the A-pillar Ford to the grille at an angle. A dual-bar grille starts to show as do rectangular headlights (top) and fog lights (lower). The truck's bumper houses the fog lights, with a seam just above them.

The stance of the truck is shown off more in this photo showcasing the fact that the F-150 is going the direction of the Chevrolet Silverado HD with a strong, tall front.

It's also easy to see that the wheel arches don't protrude too much from the vehicle and that its roof looks shallow. Those looks are likely deceiving, however. The angle of the image is likely playing tricks on your eyes.

Bumping it up one more notch, the distinct outline of the 2021 F-150 is even more apparent and even more details about the headlights are revealed. There appears to be two bulbs per fog lamp housing. The grille is also shown with more depth apparent.

2021 Ford F-150 Teaser Clicking the enhancement up a notch shows more definitive lines of the truck.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Automotive News has reported that the truck will feature a lay-flat passenger seat and a 12-inch infotainment touch screen will be available. The truck will also be capable of over-the-air updates.

It is expected that Ford will equip the truck with some level of its Ford Co-Pilot360 driver assist system though it is not know yet if the hands-free driving capability that is said to be coming to the Mustang Mach-E will make its way to the F-150.

The 2021 Ford F-150 is set to be revealed on June 25 at 8 p.m.

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Ford Motor Company's financial services arm is offering relief to its customers.

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Ford Motor Credit Company, the financial services arm of Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) has activated a disaster relief program to allow customers affected by the recent serve winter weather in Texas. The program allows certain qualifying customers impacted by Winter Storm Uri to be able to delay monthly payments.

"We care about our customers and understand many of them are going through a very difficult time right now," said Shannon Mokhiber, vice president, North America Business Center Operations. "We want to help and are offering them some time to recover."

The offer, which extends the deadline for up to two monthly payments, is available only to Ford Credit customers in a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) -declared disaster area who are leasing or have purchased vehicles with financing from Ford Credit or Lincoln Automotive Financial Services. Over 60 Texas counties were part of FEMA's recent Texas Severe Winter Storms (DR-4586-TX). It is currently categorized as an active disaster.

Pedestrians walk on along a snow-covered street on February 15, 2021 in Austin, Texas. Photo by Montinique Monroe/Getty Images

Customers may initiate a payment deferral immediately using the Ford Credit Account Manager digital tool or may call this toll-free number: 1-800-723-4016. Customers in other areas who need help are encouraged to contact the company. The financial services company will send postcards and/or emails with information on how to request help to customers in the affected areas.

Nearly all Texans were at least somewhat impacted by the early February storm, which left left dozens of residents dead, millions without power, and nearly 15 million with water issues. "All 254 counties will have been impacted in some way by the freeze," Lee Loftis, director of government affairs for the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas, told The Texas Tribune. "That is just unheard of."

Houstonians are also able to receive additional relief for disaster-related issues. The Harris County Appraisal District announced that Houstonians whose home saw at least 15 percent damage and who live in a disaster-declared area are entitled to a temporary exemption of a portion of the appraised value of the property, according to CultureMap reporting.

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The King Ranch trim level has been added to the Ford Explorer lineup for 2021.

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The 2021 Ford Explorer is getting a King Ranch trim level. The midsize SUV's new grade combines rugged appearance and premium appointments for a look befitting the Texas ranch's name. Ford currently sells King Ranch versions of the Expedition, F-150, and Super Duty as well.

"In 1853, Captain Richard King bootstrapped the King Ranch in the harsh landscape of southern Texas until it became a shining example of agricultural and livestock innovation and success," said Lee Newcombe, Ford Explorer marketing manager. "Ford Explorer families can now enjoy a piece of the King Ranch's renowned craftsmanship and the multi-generation legacy that still thrives 168 years after its founding."

2021 Ford Explorer King Ranch

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The Explorer King Ranch gets a Stone Gray-painted mesh grille insert, 20-inch aluminum wheels with Running W center cap, liftgate scuff plate, King Ranch badging, and quad chrome exhaust tips.

It is powered by a 3.0-liter EcoBoost engine that delivers 365 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new version of the Explorer adds a standard Class III Trailer Tow Package, which makes the SUV capable of towing up to 5,600 pounds.

The interior of the new model gets mahogany-colored Mesa Del Rio perforated leather seats. The leather extends to the armrest. Both areas wear the King Ranch Running W logo. Leather door trim rollovers, a leather-wrapped and stitched instrument panel, Sapele wood appliqués, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with Norias stitching and a Salepe wood insert add sophistication.

"Introducing King Ranch's specialty leather, genuine wood, crafted details and signature colors to Ford Explorer elevates the SUV's brand," said Janet Seymour, Ford color and materials manager. "The warm, earthy Norias colorway, natural open pore wood appliqués and rope perforation design on the seats are just a couple ways we were able to bring the King Ranch lifestyle to a whole new group of customers."

Introducing the 2021 Explorer King Ranch® Edition | Explorer | Ford www.youtube.com

Buyers can add the Premium Technology Package to the model, which will give them multi-contour seats with massage functionality, a 10.1-inch informant touch screen, and a 14-speaker B&O Sound System.

Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist+ is standard on the model.

The Explorer King Ranch edition will start at $52,350 for rear-wheel-drive configuration and $54,350 MSRP for four-wheel drive models. It will be available in dealerships this spring.

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