Ford Goes All Out on F150 Infotainment

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Ford 2021 F-150 infotainment

The top trim models on the all new Ford F150 revealed Thursday night, include two 12- inch screens and an 18-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system.

The new pickup for the 2021 model year also gets Sync 4 on all models, which are equipped with 360L SiriusXM for on demand programming and more channels. (See full SiriusXM 360L press announcement here).

Users get a touch screen that can operate even if you are wearing work gloves.

Sync 4 will allow wireless CarPlay and Android Auto wireless, navigation and real time traffic.  Users also get over-the-air updates, not only for maps but for new features, bug patches, and powertrain updates.

The basic screen on the F150 moves to 8 inches (up from 4.2). An 8-speaker B&O system is an option on the XLT trim model, and the 18-speaker version is offered on the Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum, and is standard on Limited. The larger system includes speakers in the headliner and front headrests.

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There’s a rear camera with multiple high res views, helpful when backing up a trailer (but no invisible trailer option).  A second camera is trained on the driver to monitor drowsiness.  This will come in handy next year, when Ford switches on hands free driver assist capability, allowed in certain circumstances such as highway traffic jams.

The new F150, the first pick up to come in a hybrid power option (with 700 mile range), also has front seats that recline up to 180 degrees for a “airline business class” like sleeper in the car cabin.

The new F150, the top selling US pickup for the last 43 years, has an option for a built-in power generator in the truck bed (shown above) for firing up power tools, or camping or tailgating gear. It has enough energy to power 28 average refrigerators, or charge a bed full of electric dirt bikes or run an entire job site worth of tools, said Ford.

As nearly a third of truck owners use laptops in the car, the center console has a fold down gear shift lever and a fold down cover to create a flat workspace.

For more on the 2021 Ford F150 see Ford, CNET, Car & Driver

 

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