Ford’s new F-150 revealed with hands-free driving and hybrid options
Published on: 2020-06-27 09:26:28 | Category: Vehicle | By: admin
Ford has unveiled the F-150's 2021 iteration, so a lot of customers will find the newest edition of the automaker's super-popular pickup truck packed with technology when it comes out later this year. The new F-150 will have an optional hands-free driving mode, will be able to receive over-the-air software updates, and will come with Apple CarPlay Wireless and Android Auto.
The hands-free driving feature — which Ford calls "Active Drive Assist" — is the same as getting into next year's Mustang Mach-E hybrid SUV. This will make the F-150, along with Cadillac's And GM's Super Cruise-equipped cars and SUVs, one of the few vehicles in the US that has hands-free driving when the feature comes in. Active Drive Assist will only be available on Ford's mapped divided highways, and customers will need to buy a different hardware kit that allows the feature, including a driver monitoring device that uses a driver-facing infrared camera to ensure that they are watching the route. You would need to pay extra for the Active Drive Assist app as well.
The new F-150 's larger versions will come with a 12-inch landscape touchscreen in the center of the dashboard (as opposed to the vertical display found in Fiat Chrysler 's competitor, the Dodge Ram), while the truck's smaller versions will have an 8-inch screen. Both will run on Sync 4, Ford 's newest infotainment device version. It is one of the only on-road vehicles to offer wireless versions of both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and under the infotainment screen, there is a wireless charging pad, as well as USB-A and USB-C ports. Both models will have behind the steering wheel, a 12-inch digital instrument cluster.
You can upgrade the latest F-150 over the radio, too. Ford says this won't just be for infotainment system improvements. Instead, the company says the updates are "bumper-to-bumper," meaning they will "help preventive maintenance, minimize repair trips, offer improved efficiency and eventually contribute to more vehicle uptime." Ford is working on an F-150 all-electric design, due in 2022. Yet instead, it will actually be selling a hybrid version of the truck now, following in the footsteps of General Motors and Fiat Chrysler. But while those other trucks were mild hybrids that used small electric motors and batteries to improve performance, Ford's is going to be a complete hybrid powertrain, using the fourth-generation technology version of the business.
Unfortunately, Ford just doesn't release official fuel economy estimates, so it's hard to say just how much more powerful the hybrid version would be compared to its gas-only counterparts. The hybrid F-150 will be sold in versions of rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, with each vehicle carrying the electrical components to a twin-turbocharged V6. And there's no plugin the hybrid F-150 so the onboard battery will be recharged by the energy created when the truck uses the electric motor to help brake.