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 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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New off-roader

Ford Bronco Production Officially Begins

The Ford Bronco is finally ready for primetime.

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The time is finally here. After years of speculation and several months of pandemic-related delays, the Ford Bronco is starting to roll off the assembly line. The SUV marks the first new Bronco model in Ford's lineup in 15 years, not counting the Bronco Sport, and is one of the most hyped and sought-after vehicles to hit the market in quite some time. Ford's announcement that production has begun will be accompanied by a special YouTube presentation that Ford says will include interviews with the Bronco team and with reservation holders at the automaker's new Modification Center.


2021 Ford Bronco Ford added 2,700 jobs to support Bronco production.Ford


Bronco production has driven Ford to invest $750 million into its Michigan Assembly Plant, and the automaker says it has added 2,700 jobs to support the rollout. Ford's push to begin production can't come soon enough. Over 125,000 Bronco orders have been placed, and multiple delays have pushed the vehicle's arrival back, meaning there is considerable demand for the off-road legend.

Ford is ready to capitalize on the craze and will offer several ways to customize the new vehicle. At its 1.7 million square-foot Modification Center, The Blue Oval will factory-install several optional modifications that include equipment such as a front bumper safari bar, graphics packages, roof racks, and more. That's on top of more than 200 factory-backed accessories that can be installed at the dealer, either at or after the time of purchase.


2021 Ford Bronco Delays and production difficulties have pushed the Bronco back.Ford


If you are hoping to get behind the wheel of a new Bronco, it could be a while. Even buyers that have been in line for a while now might not see their new vehicle until late 2021 or 2022, and the vehicle's official rollout will almost certainly re-spike demand. Even so, many feel it's worth the wait, and Ford's vehicle configuration tool is live, so go check it out for yourself.

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New compact pickup truck

Three things to know about the 2022 Ford Maverick

The Maverick will be hybrid-first and can return great fuel economy.

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Last week, Ford confirmed the name of its new compact truck and set a date for its official reveal. Today is that day, and the Maverick is finally out in the open for all to see. Ford's compact pickup features an interesting mix of powertrain tech and functionality, so we're here to help you get a feel for what makes the new truck tick.

Here are three things to know about the 2022 Ford Maverick.


2022 Ford Maverick The Maverick will likely be all the pickup most people ever need.Ford Motor Company


It'll be hybrid-first

The 2022 Maverick will be offered with two powertrains, but the standard fixture is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a 94kW electric motor. The two combine to produce 191 horsepower and send the power to the front wheels. The base hybrid models get a continuously variable transmission and can return as much as 40 mpg on the highway. Yes, it's a hybrid, but there's some real truck capability hidden in the Maverick's specs. It will be able to tow up to 2,000 pounds and can carry a payload of up to 1,500 pounds. That's enough to pull a small boat, a couple of jet skis, or a camper trailer.

The optional gas powertrain includes a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Maverick models equipped with this powertrain can tow up to 4,000 pounds when properly equipped.


2022 Ford Maverick The Maverick's bed and tailgate will help owners carry more with less overall space.Ford Motor Company


It's bigger than you think

Ford's marketing materials and even tweets from prominent members of its PR staff suggest that the Maverick is tiny, but that's not the whole story. The truck rides on a platform shared with the Ford Bronco Sport and Ford Escape, but is just ten inches shorter than the Ranger and around 32 inches shorter than an F-150. It's compact, sure, but it's not the tiny toy truck you might be envisioning. Beyond fuel economy, the Maverick's dimensions help it maneuver tight spaces, so much so that Ford says it needs just a 40-foot diameter to turn in a complete circle.



2022 Ford Maverick Trucks don't need to be huge to get the job done.Ford Motor Company


It will be relatively affordable

Vehicles of all types are becoming more expensive, especially trucks. The Maverick bucks that trend, at least in most of its forms, and comes in with a starting price of around $20,000 after destination charges are applied. The midrange XLT model starts at $22,280 before destination and the range-topping Lariat starts at $25,490 before destination. Any model can be upgraded with the 2.0-liter gas engine and the Lariat trim is available with a First Edition Package that adds exclusive wheels, paint colors, and a moonroof.

If you're hoping to get your hands on a Maverick, you can reserve one now on Ford.com. The automaker says that the truck will start hitting dealers' lots in fall 2021, so there are just a few months to wait if you're in the market.

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