FoMoCo has made it a point to emphasize that the 2021 Ford F-150 is an all-new vehicle, representing the 14th generation of its perenially best-selling pickup. That includes all-new body panels, a new interior, and a host of innovative new technology features. And even though the 2021 Ford F-150 platform – the Ford T3 Platform – is the same as its predecessor, it’s been heavily revised as well.
“From an architecture standpoint, it’s heavily modified,” Dawn Piechocki, F-150 vehicle engineering manager, told Ford Authority executive editor, Alex Luft, in a recent interview. “The frame is significantly modified. So is the chassis, with wheels moved out, resulting in an inch wider track width.”
Piechocki also told us that the 2021 F-150 frame, while still made from high strength steel, now has accommodations for new content, including packaging for the new PowerBoost‘s hybrid battery. The cross-members have also changed, and moving the wheels further outboard necessitated lower control arm attachments and revised bracketry.
The geometry points, or suspension points, have changed significantly. The truck sits a little lower, which helps improve its aerodynamics. On the exterior of the new F-150, all the body panels were touched, as previously noted. But while the body panels are all-new, Ford didn’t significantly modify the truck’s floor pans.
These changes help make the all-new F-150 the most aerodynamic model in its illustrious history. Ford accomplished this feat by using new active grille shutters, an automatically deploying active air dam, and new cab and tailgate geometry, all of which work together to reduce drag and improve fuel consumption.
Dimensionally speaking, the cab is the same size as the outgoing 13th gen F-150. Cabin volume remains the same, as does the wheelbase. And as we previously reported, the 2021 Ford F-150 platform also utilizes an all-new electric architecture that enables OTA updates and various other new features.