Spied: 2021 Ford F-150 Gets a Big Touchscreen, Digital Instrument Cluster
There’s a new 2021 Ford F-150 brewing, and while we’re not sure exactly when we’re going to see it—debuts of all sorts are currently on hold—we’re starting to get a better sense of what the upcoming 14th-generation truck might look like. Powertrain rumors are beginning to trickle out (including supposed information about a hybrid F-150), and now, thanks to spy photos of what is apparently a 2021 F-150 Lariat prototype, we have an idea of what sort of cabin these new pickups will get.
The biggest takeaway from the photos posted to f150gen14.com, a forum dedicated to sharing rumors and information on the new Ford truck, is a large touchscreen front and center. How big will this screen be? It’s tough to judge based on the available pictures. It’s larger than the current F-150’s available 8-inch screen, but it looks smaller than the 12-inch screen offered on the Ram 1500—so perhaps 10 or 11 inches. It’s oriented horizontally in the Ford, as opposed to the Ram’s vertical screen.
This has apparently allowed Ford to retain its current physical switch and knob configuration, which places two horizontal banks of media and cabin climate controls directly below the screen. On the Ram, the large, vertical screen means that physical controls for cabin climate flank the screen itself, which takes some getting used to.
You can compare the spy photo of the 2021 F-150 above with the current top-of-the-line offerings from Chevrolet and Ram, as well as the 2020 Ford F-150 Lariat, below:
In addition to upgrading its screen offerings, the next Ford F-150 seems to go beyond any other pickup truck on the market by switching to a totally digital instrument cluster. It will be interesting to see how traditional truck buyers react to that big shift.
Meanwhile, those same buyers will no doubt appreciate the big, physical gear selection lever (the Ram 1500 has gone to a dash-mounted rotary dial)—but the original poster at f150gen14.com suggests that the trucks will get a shifter stowaway function, which will let you fold it away and select gears via some auxiliary means. We’re not sure how they’re substantiating that, however, or what it would look like.
Regardless of what features may or may not be hiding in plain sight here, compared to the current Ford F-150 Lariat, the 2021 truck appears to be a substantial step forward in terms of appearance, execution and tech—and the Lariat isn’t even the highest rung on the F-150’s trim ladder.
Check out more photos of the spied interior at f150gen14.com.
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