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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 XLT The 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 XLT If 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 Ranch The 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 Limited The 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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If you've got a reservation, you can now order your 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E.

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In a memo to dealers, Ford has announced that it is lowering the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of its 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, the long-awaited all-electric crossover.

According to a post on the Mach-E forum, the price of the Mustang Mach-E will be $1,000 to $3,000 than initially promoted. The memo states that the Mustang Mach-E Premium will be $3,000 lower than initially anticipated with the all-wheel drive version dropping to $50,800 and rear-wheel drive model now coming in at $48,100.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E The Ford Mustang Mach-E will begin arriving at dealership lots soon. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The Mach-E First Edition, a sold-out top-of-the-line model, will get a $1,000 price deduction. That same drop applies to the Mach-E Select, the base model. That base model has a 230-mile range. Higher price point versions of the Mach-E can achieve up to 300 miles of range.

The price of each vehicle includes a $1,100 delivery charge. Customers are eligible to receive a $7,500 federal tax credit with purchase.

Pricing will apply to all models that have been ordered since the Mach-E was unveiled at the 2019 L.A. Auto Show. The first deliveries of the crossover are expected to arrive in customer hands later this year.

How does the new price compare? The freshly-unveiled Volkswagen ID.4 will start at $41,990 including the cost of delivery, making it about $2,000 less than the new price of the Mach-E Select, which comes in at $43,995 for front-wheel drive models and $46,695 for all-wheel drive variants. The ID.4 will get up to 250 miles on a single charge.

The Tesla Model Y comes in at $49,990 but has more range than the Mustang Mach-E at 316 miles on a single charge and comes standard with all-wheel drive.

Ford and Volkswagen vehicles will rely on private charging opportunities. Both companies have recently announced partnerships with Electrify America, which has two cross-country charging routes available and is working to rapidly install charging stations at private enterprises and in public spaces nationwide.

Volkswagen ID.4 buyers get three years of free charging with purchase. Mustang Mach-E owners get 250-kilowatt-hours of free charging when they buy a Mach-E.

Tesla has a fully built-out electric vehicle charging infrastructure that allows for fast charging of the Model Y. With that capability it can relain 158 miles of charge in just 15 minutes while at a Supercharger. There are 17,000 Superchargers worldwide and six new locations open each week according to the Tesla website.

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The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 is the company's first long-range electric vehicle for the U.S. market.

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The long-teased Volkswagen ID.4 has arrived. Volkswagen will make the battery electric vehicle (BEV) its first long-range model sold in the U.S. The model will be made in the U.S.A at VW's Chattanooga plant and go on sale in early 2021.

"The ID.4 was engineered, loaded and priced to win the hearts of SUV owners who are simply ready to go electric—and fall in love with Volkswagen again," said Scott Keogh, CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. "It drives like a GTI, it has the packaging of a Tiguan and the purpose of the Beetle. All the best things about VW in one package."

2021 Volkswagen ID.4: Platform and battery design

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With a serviceable body design, the highlights of the ID.4 reside in the details. Its battery pack consists of 288 pouch cells in 12 modules. The pack resides under the vehicle's center and doesn't intrude on passenger space. The battery pack is attached to the car via an aluminum hold and connects with an electric motor at the rear.

VW will offer the ID.4 with an 82-kilowatt-hour battery at launch. The power source is capable of achieving 201 horsepower and 228 pound-feet for torque, which are good numbers for its vehicle size, though some of that may be undercut by the heaviness of the vehicle - the weight information is still forthcoming from the company.

The ID.4 82kWh RWD 1st Edition models will have a range of 250 miles. A more powerful all-wheel-drive variant with 302 horsepower will go on sale later in 2021.

Each ID.4 that is purchased comes with three years of free charging capability via Electrify America infrastructure. The ID.4 can be charged with both alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) fast-charging capability. The onboard 11-kilowatt charger allows for charging the battery 33 miles in about an hour and charges to full in around 7.5 hours on a Level 2 charger. At a DC fast-charging station, with 125 kilowatt charging, the ID.4 can go from five to 80 percent charged in about 38 minutes.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4: Exterior

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Volkswagen is touting the vehicle's nimble drivability. VW knows a thing or two about five-door vehicle nimbleness. They're the makers of the Golf GTI, one of the most beloved hot hatches on the planet.

As for dimensions, the ID.4 is 4.6 inches smaller and shorter than the Tiguan, and has a shorter wheelbase. Despite this, the passenger space of the model is similar to the Tiguan. It has cargo space similar in size to the Mazda CX-5.

The ID.4 will available in six exterior colors—Glacier White Metallic, Mythos Black Metallic, Moonstone Grey, Scale Silver Metallic, Blue Dusk Metallic and King's Red Metallic. All models come with a body color roof, black roof rails, and 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels.

The Statement package adds a panoramic fixed-glass roof, premium LED projector headlights with Volkswagen's Adaptive Front-lighting System, and power-folding side mirrors with puddle lamp signature. The Gradient package (sold on top of the Statement package) upgrades to 20-inch wheels, black roof, and silver roof rails and accents.

A 5.3-inch digital instrument display replaces the traditional instrument cluster in front of the driver. It's operated with touch-sensitive controls on the car's leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel. There is no gearshift because an electric vehicle does not require gears. Instead, the vehicle shifts to drive using a rocker switch on the dashboard.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4: Interior

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Piano Black material is featured on the steering wheel, steering column, door controls, and display housings. The car's standard cloth seats are finished in black cloth on entry models and Lunar Gray or Galaxy Black leatherette on models with the Statement package. Entry ID.4 models feature six-way adjustable seats with power recline, while the Statement package adds 12-way power seats, with massage lumbar and memory, as well as 30-color ambient lighting.

The roster of standard features includes rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone Climatronic climate control, and KESSY keyless access, heated steering wheel, heated side mirrors and washer nozzles, wireless mobile charging, wireless App-Connect, and Volkswagen Car-Net with in-car WiFi capability, and, on all-wheel-drive models, a heated windshield. The Statement package adds satellite radio, an adjustable trunk floor, and a power tailgate with Easy Open & Close.

Pricing for the ID.4 starts at $39,995, for the rear-wheel-drive ID.4 Pro, before a potential federal tax credit of up to $7,500 is applied. Volkswagen Credit will offer qualified customers a monthly lease payment $379 per month with $3,579 due at signing for a 36-month lease with a 10,000-miles per year limit.

Starting later in 2021, the ID.4 AWD Pro ($43,675) will be available. These models can be additionally outfitted with two packages—Statement ($4,500), and Gradient ($1,500). The ID.4 launches with a limited-run ID.4 1st Edition ($43,995).

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