Those following Ford Authority will know that Ford is hard at work on an all-new F-150. Set to launch in the second half of 2020, the 14th-generation F-150 is expected to deliver a complete overhaul of America’s most popular vehicle and pickup truck, with new looks, an all-new cabin, new tech, and even a new hybrid model. But one thing that we have yet to learn about Ford’s bread-and-butter truck is the model lineup. Luckily, we have just uncovered a clue about the the 2021 Ford F-150 trim level structure.
While driving around metro Detroit yesterday, we spied a developmental prototype of the 2021 F-150 in tight-fitting “swirl” camo – the same one that Ford uses on all prototypes nearing the end of the development process. As we followed the prototype, a piece of the swirl camo detached from the tailgate, revealing a curious element: the letter “N” debossed on the tailgate.
In addition to the “N”, we can also partially see a piece of the preceding letter – which appears to be either an “L” or an “E.” It would appear that the “N” is the very final letter in whatever word hiding under the camo, since the tailgate sheetmetal to the right of it seems to be empty.
The sighting has us somewhat perplexed, since the current Ford F-150 lineup does not offer a model with an “N” at the end of its name. Take, for instance, the current F-150 trim level and models:
- King Ranch
- FX4 package
We did consider that the possibility that the “N” belongs to the “N” in Platinum, and it’s currently the leading theory behind what we’re seeing here. However, it’s worth noting that the current F-150 Platinum has a chrome panel behind the letters, whereas this prototype clearly doesn’t. Eschewing the chrome plate for the upper-end trim would seem like a strange departure from norm, though it’s certainly possible. Additionally, this theory doesn’t explain the character/letter immediately to the left of the “N.”
It’s also worth noting that this prototype didn’t seem to be a high-end model based on the sparing use of chrome, as well as its wheels and exhaust configuration.
According to our intel, the 2021 Ford F-150 was already supposed to have been revealed in April, but the COVID-19 pandemic has clearly delayed those plans. At this point, we expect the truck to be revealed in the very near future, potentially as an online debut, with the very first units going into production in the second half of 2020, around September. We’ll be here to cover all the F-150-related developments every step of the way. If you don’t want to miss a beat, subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford F-Series news, Ford F-150 news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.