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.

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

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 TeaserTurning 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 TeaserClicking 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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Lincoln will not make a performance variant to compete with Cadillac.

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TheLincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade have been duking it out at the top of luxury SUV rankings for decades, but there’s one area of the Caddy’s development that Lincoln won’t touch. In a recent interview, a company executive told Ford Authority that it has no plans to create a performance variant of the Navigator to compete with the upcoming Escalade V from Cadillac.

2022 Lincoln NavigatorThe new Navigator features several upscale touches and excellent tech. Lincoln

That means the Navigator will stick with the powertrain it’s carried for years, which is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a smooth ten-speed automatic and either rear- or four-wheel drive. While there’s more than enough power to get the hulking Lincoln moving, it’s not a powertrain that inspires excitement or engagement, and though beefy, it’s tuned much more for comfort and quietness than drama.

Though more than adequate, those specs are a far cry from the numbers we expect from the Escalade V. The full-size bruiser from Cadillac is expected to get a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, similar to the unit seen in the CT5-V Blackwing and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. We don’t know power numbers yet, but the engine should deliver horsepower and torque numbers in the high 600s.

Cadillac Escalade VThe Escalade V will be massively powerful. Cadillac

That Lincoln is taking a different approach isn’t surprising. The automaker has already announced its intention to go all-electric, so pouring more time and resources into creating a performance gas-powered SUV isn’t in line with its goals. Company executives have also expressed a desire to avoid imitating rivals, so the decision to leave a performance Navigator behind is not surprising.

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First-year Ford F-150 Lightning production numbers doubled
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Ford has begun serial production of the new F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck, marking what could be one of the most important days in recent automotive history. The first trucks rolled off the assembly line at Ford's Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Michigan today, so America's best-selling truck has finally gone electric. Ford wants to sell two million EVs per year by 2026 and have half of its global sales volume to be electric by 2030.

Ford F-150 LightningPast meets future: Ford's new electric pickup will be the F-150 Lightningautomotivemap.com

Ford has seen extreme demand for the trucks, with 200,000 reservations since the books opened. To deliver, the automaker plans to increase production to an annual rate of 150,000 units by next year, which involved huge investments in the Rouge Center and created hundreds of jobs. Ford's total investment for the F-150 Lightning crests $1 billion across Michigan alone, and has created 1,700 jobs across various facilities in the state.

Ford F-150 LightningThe first production trucks left the factory today.
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Though the Lightning starts around $40,000, the most mainstream models will cost much more than that. The F-150 Lightning Pro, while affordable, is a stripped-down truck intended for commercial buyers. It's still a forward-looking electric truck with amazing capabilities, but it lacks much of the creature comforts and features that everyday drivers expect. Higher trims get the latest driver assistance features, including BlueCruise, which is Ford's semi-autonomous hands-free driving assistant. A 12-inch touchscreen is standard, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and more.

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