The fourteenth generation Ford F-Series is a range of pickup trucks produced by Ford, introduced for the 2021 model year. This was the first generation to include a fully-electric and hybrid pickup truck among the offerings, with the F-150 Lightning model having entered production in 2022.
Sharing a strong visual resemblance to the previous generation, the 2021 F-150 underwent a redesign of 92% of its parts, carrying over only its cab, pickup box structure, and font design (including the tailgate script). The bed and cab configurations remain the same: regular cab and SuperCab trucks are available with 6.5-and-8-foot (2.0 and 2.4 m) beds, while SuperCrew (crew cab) trucks are available with 5.5-and-6.5-foot (1.7 and 2.0 m) beds (though the SuperCab with 8' bed was dropped for 2024). Along with exterior design changes to enhance aerodynamics, many changes were made to the interior, adding fold-flat front seats and larger touchscreens (including a fully digital instrument panel on higher-end trims).
The powertrain line is largely carried over from the previous generation, with a 3.3 L V6, 2.7 L and 3.5 L EcoBoost twin-turbo V6s, a 5.0 L V8, and a 3.0 L turbo-diesel V6. However, the 5.0 L V8 receives a new cylinder deactivation system, called Variable Displacement Engine technology, similar to GM's Active Fuel Management and Chrysler's Multi-Displacement System. All engines are paired to the 10-speed automatic transmission first introduced with the 2017 F-150 equipped with the 3.5 L EcoBoost engine. New for this generation of F-150 is a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain. Dubbed PowerBoost, this powertrain is the first to be offered in a Ford pickup truck, pairing an electric motor with the 3.5 L V6 EcoBoost engine. The fourteenth generation F-150 is considered the first North American full-hybrid truck since GM's Silverado/Sierra 1500 Hybrid was last offered in 2013.
Added to the lineup was a new Tremor trim level (the name derived from that of the Super Duty line and first introduced as a special sport trim package for the 2014 F-150).
Available only with the SuperCrew, the hybrid version of the F-150, called the PowerBoost, combines a 3.5 L EcoBoost V6 with a 47 hp (35 kW) hybrid motor/generator between the engine and transmission. A 1.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack is located under the bed. The net gain is 47 hp (35 kW) and 70 lb⋅ft (95 N⋅m). All the electrical power also allowed Ford to have up to 7.2 kW in the bed of a truck, far exceeding the capacity of a normal 120 V receptacle. A 20 percent fuel economy increase over a base 3.5 L EcoBoost has been observed at combined city/highway driving. The hybrid option is $2,500 added to the base price, although it can be more depending on the trim.
Ford unveiled an electric version of the Ford F-150 called the F-150 Lightning, reviving the model name for the first time since the previous Lightning was discontinued after the 2004 model year (and 2004 concept). It debuted on May 19, 2021, and deliveries to customers began in May 2022. The F-150 Lightning has dual motors. It is built at the new Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Michigan.
Ford had previously announced the intention to produce a fully-electric light pickup at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show in January 2019. Prototype electric test mules on an existing F-150 chassis were tested during 2019, including a record-setting demonstration test tow of 1,250,000 pounds (570,000 kg) on rails.
The F-150 Raptor was announced in February 2021, and features a 3.5 L twin-turbocharged V6 gasoline engine carried over from the previous generation.
For the 2022 model year, the F-150 saw several minor updates, alongside the major introduction of the electrified F-150 Lightning. Most notably, the 3.0 L Power Stroke turbo-diesel engine was discontinued because of low consumer demand (except outside of North America). In addition, a new Black Appearance Package was available to order on XL (only with the optional STX package), XLT, Lariat, and Platinum trims.
For the 2023 model year, Ford launched a special F-150 Heritage Edition to honor the 75th anniversary of the first-generation F-Series pickups. The Heritage Edition, available only with the XLT trim and in a SuperCrew short box configuration, featured special two-tone paint jobs in five different color combinations and exclusive seat coverings. All 2023 F-150 and Super Duty models had the "Ford F-Series – 75 Years" logo on the top-center of the windshield, in place of the Ford logo on other model years. The SuperCab was dropped from the Lariat trim, leaving only the SuperCrew available in either a 5-1/2 or 6-1/2 ft bed. The Tremor was now available with the 5.0L V8 engine in addition to the 3.5L V6 EcoBoost engine. Also for the 2023 model year, the F-150 Raptor R was introduced to compete with the Ram 1500 TRX.
On September 12, 2023, Ford debuted the majorly refreshed 2024 F-150, featuring new grilles, headlights, and taillights, along with numerous mechanical changes. It is also available with the Pro Access Tailgate, a multifunction tailgate designed to compete with GM's and Ram's counterparts. In terms of trim-level changes, the STX is now offered as a separate trim level from the XL for the first time since it was last done in 2014, and the Limited trim has been replaced with the "Platinum Plus" package for the Platinum trim. Additionally, the 3.3-liter V6 engine has been removed from the lineup. Instead, the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 is now standard on XL, STX, and XLT models; the 5.0-liter V8 is standard on Lariat and Tremor trims (as well as the regular cab with the 6.5' bed); the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 is standard on King Ranch, Platinum, and Raptor models; and the 5.2-liter supercharged V8 is exclusive to the Raptor R. Four-wheel-drive is now standard on Lariat and higher trims, SuperCrew models with the 6.5' bed, and PowerBoost models. Notably, the SuperCab with the 8' bed has been discontinued in a first for the F-150 lineup, and the regular cab is only available with the XL trim. Ford has stated that these changes have reduced ordering complexity by 90% compared to the previous model year.
In March 2022, Ford announced plans to officially export the F-150 to Australia beginning in 2023. The truck is imported in its native left-hand drive configuration and converted to right-hand drive to conform to Australian Design Rules by RMA Automotive in Mickleham, Victoria. At launch, only the SuperCrew body style with the XLT and Lariat trims were offered and powered by the 3.5 L EcoBoost V6 mated to the 10-speed Ford 10R80 automatic with four-wheel drive. Order banks for the Australian F-150 opened in late February 2023 with deliveries expected in the third quarter of 2023, and pricing before on-road costs starting at A$106,950 (US$80,414).
Sitting higher than other consumer vehicles (except for pickup trucks), the Ford F-Series vehicles have significantly larger blind spots in which people or other cars are invisible to the driver. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Ford F-Series vehicles are part of more fatal crashes than any other car in the US.
The 2022 F-150 was tested by the IIHS and its top trim received a Top Safety Pick award:
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