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Trim levels, pricing revealed for redesigned 2021 Ford F-150

The 2021 Ford F-150 goes on sale later this year.

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The configuration tool for the 2021 Ford F-150 has come online. It's not a full look at all the options, but a start. The full version of the configurator is expected to be available later this autumn.

In June, Ford debuted the new generation of its best-selling F-Series pickup truck. The F-Series outsells most other full-size trucks by a more than 2:1 (or more) margin. Ford sells 30 F-Series trucks for every Nissan Titan sold, to the tune of one per minute from January to June, even during the COVID-19 downturn.

2021 Ford F-150 XLTThe Ford F-150 XLT is a step up from the base model and includes a key addition - Ford's latest safety technology.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The new model has a host of upgrades, inside and out, that respond to customer insights and are designed to make life with their F-150 earlier. Ford has even enhanced the model to be friendlier to those that would rather it become their third place.

Crucially, this generation marks the introduction of a hybrid powertrain and new high-strength steel frame. The truck is available with a number of powertrain configurations, which you can learn more about here.

Ford will sell the 2021 F-150 in six grades: XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited.

The 2021 Ford F-150 XL starts at $28,940. For that price, you get a regular cab, 6.5-foot box, four-wheel drive capability, six drive modes (Normal, ECO, Sport, Tow/Haul, Slippery, Trail) 3.6-liter V6 engine, 10-speed automatic transmission, 8-inch infotainment touch screen, 23-gallon fuel tank, spare tire, removable tailgate, manual first row windows, 4-inch productivity screen, single-zone air conditioning, manual locks, Trailer Sway Control, halogen headlights, automatic high beams, lane keeping technology hill start assist, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a rearview camera.

The XL trim is available in regular, SuperCab, and SuperCrew configurations and with either a 5.5-, 6.5- or 8-foot bed.

2021 Ford F-150 XLTIf you don't want to go into luxury territory, the Ford F-150 XLT is a good option.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Moving up, the most basic 2021 Ford F-150 XLT will cost you $35,050. In the XLT trim level, buyers get Ford Co-Pilot360 2.0 standard. That technology includes blind spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert and trailer coverage, a lane keeping system, forward collision alert with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, evasive steering assist, rearview camera, park assist, automatic headlights, Pro Trailer Backup Assist, and hill descent control.

The XLT trim is available in regular, SuperCab, and SuperCrew configurations and with either a 6.5- or 8-foot bed.

Buyers can order a 2021 Ford F-150 Lariat for $44,965. This grade begins to infuse premium features into the model including LED headlights and zone lighting, 18-inch machined aluminum wheels, a 12-inch productivity screen, dual-zone climate control, power windows, a power sliding rear window, push-button start, SiriusXM with 360L, SYNC 4, and navigation. The steering wheel is wrapped in leather and the front seats are trimmed in the material.

2021 Ford F-150 King RanchThe F-150 King Ranch features sumptuous appointments.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The Lariat trim is available in SuperCab, and SuperCrew configurations and with either a 5.5-, 6.5- or 8-foot bed.

When you get to the 2021 Ford F-150 King Ranch model, you've reached luxury truck territory. It comes standard with a 5.0-liter V8 engine that has a chrome grille, LED bending headlights and LED fog lamps in front of it. The truck rides on 18-inch machined aluminum wheels with a King Ranch center cap, and has numerous 400-watt outlets, heated and ventilated front seats, 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat with memory, genuine wood interior accents, wireless charging, and a B&O Sound System, among other features.

The King Ranch trim is available with a SuperCrew cab and either a 5.5- or 6.5-foot bed.

2021 Ford F-150 LimitedThe top-tier F-150 is the Limited trim level.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Moving further upward to the Platinum and Limited trim levels delivers a level of luxury not found in many other pickup trucks today, though it comes with a hefty price tag. The 2021 Ford F-150 Platinum starts at $59,110 and the 2021 Ford F-150 Limited has a starting MSRP of $70,825. Both models are only available with a SuperCrew cab. The F-150 Platinum comes with either a 5.5- or 6.5-foot bed while the Limited is only available with a 5.5-foot bed.

The 2021 Ford F-150 will go on sale later this year.

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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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