Rumor Mill: 2021 Ford F-150 Production Pushed Back, Again

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
rumor mill 2021 ford f 150 production pushed back again

While Ford plans to start limited production at its North American assembly plants on May 18th, returning workers won’t see a next-generation F-150 slide pass their stations for a number of months.

The redesigned full-sizer was to be one of the Blue Oval’s big 2020 reveals, joining the still-unseen Bronco in the spotlight, but the coronavirus pandemic made short work of product timelines. Already delayed once, the 2021 F-150 has reportedly moved further into the future.

According to the f150gen14 forum, Ford’s latest Fleet Distribution News Bulletin revealed a new production schedule for the country’s best-selling vehicle. The updated document apparently shows the new truck hitting the production line at Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant on October 12th — two weeks after the previously reported Sept. 28 start date. That revised date was originally pegged for Aug. 17.

Kansas City F-150 production won’t kick off until Nov. 9, the document reads; another two-week delay. The plant had originally scheduled Job One for September 14th, later pushing that date back to Oct. 26.

As for order books, those reportedly won’t open until July 15th, a month over the previously reported date. In late April, it was reported that the 2021 F-150’s order books wouldn’t open on May 11th, after all — and history now bears this out.

Spotted months ago wearing an evolutionary face and body, the 14th-generation F-150’s reveal remains in limbo, with public events forbidden in the age of COVID-19. The automaker will surely go online for the Bronco’s debut, though the F-150’s place in the production pipeline makes its reveal locale an open question. Will there be auto shows in New York and Los Angeles late this summer and fall? Who feels like betting?

While the basic Gen-14 F-150’s isn’t expected to see drastic architectural changes, unlike its aluminum body-debuting successor, the same can’t be said of its powertrains. Ford plans to release hybrid and all-electric variants, though you’ll have to wait a bit to get your hands on (at least) the gas-free model.

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  • Redapple Redapple on May 13, 2020

    Do these f ing pig ups even fit in a regular garage????

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    • Golden2husky Golden2husky on May 14, 2020

      @DenverMike Amazing that so many suburban garages have nothing in them but junk.

  • CKNSLS Sierra SLT CKNSLS Sierra SLT on May 13, 2020

    I own a 2018 Silverado-even tho I tow a trailer-the towing mirrors are a no go for me. The truck wouldn't fit in the garage otherwise. The truck is 119.5" and it barely fits-lengthwise as well. My wife's car cannot exceed 72" in width or both will not fit in the garage. I tow a travel trailer-my manhood or anything else is not tied to truck ownership. So if the trailer ever goes away-so does the truck. The rear doors of either vehicle basically cannot be opened while in the garage. Needless to say-I have to back my truck out before my wife can get in to it. Looking real close at that new Genesis GV80 SUV as the replacement for the truck when the day comes.....

  • Analoggrotto I refuse to comment until Tassos comments.
  • Kendahl Fifteen years ago, the GTO was on my short list of automotive retirement presents to myself. It was just a bit too big and gas mileage sucked compared to the 6-speed Infiniti G37S coupe I bought after test driving several brands. It's a pity owners of cars that are collectible the day they are bought screw them up with aftermarket modifications they don't need. I'd offer they seller top price less what it would cost to put the car back to stock. (I just traded in the Infiniti, in mechanically excellent and cosmetically very good condition with 78k miles, for a 2023 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing.)
  • EBFlex This should help Fords quality
  • Analoggrotto By the time any of Hyundai's Japanese competitors were this size and age, they produced iconic vehicles which are now highly desirable and going for good money used. But Hyundai/Kia have nothing to this point that anyone will care about in the future. Those 20k over MSRP Tellurides? Worn out junk sitting at the used car lot, worn beyond their actual age. Hyundai/Kia has not had anything comparable to the significance of CVCC, 240Z, Supra, Celica, AE86, RX-(7), 2000GT, Skyline, GT-R, WRX, Evo, Preludio, CRX, Si, Land Cruiser, NSX etc. All of this in those years where Detroiters and Teutonic prejudiced elitists were openly bashing the Japanese with racist derogatory language. Tiger Woods running off the road in a Genesis didn't open up a moment, and the Genesis Sedan featuring in Inception didn't matter any more than the Lincoln MKS showing up for a moment in Dark Knight. Hyundai/Kia are too busy attempting to re-invent others' history for themselves. But hey, they have to start somewhere and the N74 is very cool looking today in semi rendered pictures. Hyundai/Kia's biggest fans are auto Journalists who for almost 2 decades have been hyping them up to deafening volumes contributing further distrust in any media.
  • Bd2 Other way around.Giorgetto Giugiaro penned the Pony Coupe during the early 1970s and later used its wedge shape as the basis for the M1 and then the DMC-12.The 3G Supra was just one of many Japanese coupes to adopt the wedge shape (actually was one of the later ones).The Mitsubishi Starion, Nissan 300ZX, etc.