We’ve seen a plethora of Ford F-150 spy shots recently, and they aren’t what you’d call obscure. These photos have all but revealed the updated exterior for the new truck, including a detailed look at the grille and headlight designs for multiple F-150 trim levels. Typically, when we see camouflage dropping on test vehicles like this, a debut is right around the corner. However, it’s not April 29 as recently reported by Ford Authority.
When we heard the debut rumors, we contacted Ford directly for some context. A Ford spokesperson confirmed to Motor1.com the debut will not happen on April 29, but they stopped short of saying when the F-150 will make its official debut. So there you have it, straight from the horse’s mouth. Sorry to spoil the excitement, truck fans.
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But does this revelation really spoil the excitement? Crystal clear spy shots of recent prototypes leave little to the imagination as to what the next-generation truck will look like. Compared to the polarizing Chevrolet Silverado, this new F-150 will adopt a clean, conservative approach that seems to strike a balance between the current F-150’s nose and that of the handsome Ram 1500. Feedback we’ve received through email and reader comments is a bit more critical, with more than a few people seeing GMC headlights and a Ram grille instead of something easily identifiable as a Ford.
As for the rest of the truck, it’s rumored that the 5.0-liter V8 engine could go away in lieu of a 4.8-liter mill and a range of EcoBoost engines. Keeping a V8 in the lineup would be a smart move, as many truck buyers still prefer displacement over boost. They also like diesel power, and the 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 should stick with the F-150. A hybrid model is coming, too, though details of its powertrain are still unknown. And of course, there’s the all-electric model that could hit the streets late next year.
Gallery: 2021 Ford F-150 Renderings
Before those trim levels arrive, we have to see the 2021 F-150. We don’t know exactly when that will be, but with Ford not being shy about parading uncovered prototypes around Dearborn, an official debut before summer is very likely.