Ford Authority just spied a 2021 Ford F-150 prototype undergoing real-world testing on public roads, providing us with a view of the upcoming next-generation pickup’s bed.
The 2021 Ford F-150 bed is visible from the rear three-quarters angle of the upcoming truck, with the tailgate down and what appears to be grey camouflage stuffed in back. The top of the bed also has a flat tonneau cover to keep prying eyes from seeing what lays beneath. However, thanks to these exclusive shots, we’re getting an inside look at the 2021 Ford F-150 bed.
Looking over the photos, we notice that the tailgate cables look identical to those of the current F-150, while the shape of the top of the tailgate is also a familiar half-ellipses shape. The 2021 Ford F-150 bed is expected to once again offer aluminum construction for strength and low weight, while the bed capacity may see a modest increase via space-efficiency measures to help the Ford product respond to recent bed-size increases from its crosstown rival, the Chevrolet Silverado.
Also worth noting is the large arch seen between the bed and the cab, which we believe could be some kind of auxiliary light bar.
Finally, these new shots give us a look at the new F-150’s center high-mounted stop lamp design, the shape of which is clearly defined from this angle.
These latest photos follow hot on the heels of spy shots we published earlier this week showing off the 2021 Ford F-150 exterior. Based on those photos, as well as previous spy shots, it’s believed the new F-150 will offer a new front fascia design complete with a three-bar grille, as well as new headlamps with a fresh LED lighting signature. A new rear bumper will be added to the tail with aesthetic width-enhancing character lines.