Changes to 2021 Ford Models Include F-150 Redesign, Return of the Bronco, and All-Electric Mustang Mach-E

Erin Riches-Wong | Dec 07, 2020

It's a big year at Ford. The always strong-selling F-150 full-size truck is redesigned for 2021. And there are three brand-new models: Bronco, Bronco Sport and Mustang Mach-E.

2021 Ford F-150 Limited Front View

The 2021 Ford Bronco is a modern interpretation of an iconic off-roader with true truck underpinnings, while the Bronco Sport is a compact crossover SUV that borrows classic Bronco styling details. The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E shares its name with Ford's muscle car, but otherwise the two are unrelated: This five-passenger hatchback is the automaker's first electric vehicle.

Meanwhile, the last Ford Fusion rolled off the assembly line in July 2020. Its replacement is expected to be a Subaru Outback-inspired crossover wagon, possibly called the Ford Fusion Active, and likely arriving for the 2022 model year. 

2021 Ford Bronco Changes - Find the best Ford deals!

The all-new Ford Bronco is a Ranger-based compact SUV built for serious off-road adventures. Its design recalls the cool Broncos from the 1970s while offering expected modern conveniences. Two- and four-door body styles are available, and you can remove the doors and roof panels. 

Bronco engines include a turbocharged 2.3-liter 4-cylinder with an estimated 270 horsepower and a twin-turbo 2.7-liter V-6 with 310 hp (est.). All 2021 Ford Broncos are four-wheel-drive, and most use a 10-speed automatic transmission. Ford will offer a 7-speed manual gearbox with the 2.3-liter but probably not until the 2022 model year.

Pricing starts around $30,000, but most consumers will want to step up to the Big Bend trim level, which is eligible for an option package with dual-zone climate control, Ford's Sync 4 infotainment system, and the automaker's Co-Pilot 360 collection of advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS). Bronco buyers will need to be patient, though, as deliveries will not begin until the summer of 2021 due to coronavirus-related supplier delays. Also, Ford has 190,000 customer reservations in hand, and it will need to build Broncos for those folks first. Read our Ford Bronco review.

2021 Ford Bronco Sport Changes - Find the best Ford deals!

The 2021 Bronco Sport looks a lot like the new Ford Bronco, but it's actually a compact crossover SUV based on Ford's Escape. It's more rugged than the Escape with its standard 4WD and terrain management systems, though most owners will be trekking to Costco rather than Moab. 

Bronco Sport engines include a turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder with an estimated 181 hp and a turbo 2.0-liter with 245 hp (est.). An 8-speed automatic is standard with both. A touchscreen interface with smartphone integration and Ford's Co-Pilot 360 driver assistance aids are also standard. On the options list, you'll find more deluxe versions Co-Pilot 360 with adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability and speed-sign recognition. 

Unlike the regular Bronco, the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport started arriving at dealerships in late 2020.

2021 Ford EcoSport Changes - Find the best Ford deals!

The EcoSport subcompact SUV receives has a new SE Appearance Package with 17-inch wheels, a power driver’s seat, orange-accented cloth upholstery, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. You're going to want this package, because the 2021 Ford EcoSport SE no longer has a power driver’s seat or leather-wrapped wheel as standard equipment. Additionally, the Titanium trim now comes with Ford's ActiveX leatherette upholstery instead of leather. Read our Ford EcoSport review.

2021 Ford Edge Changes - Find the best Ford deals!

The big news for the 2021 Ford Edge is the newly standard Sync 4 infotainment interface with a 12-inch touchscreen display, wireless Android Auto/Apple CarPlay integration, and over-the-air software updates. In addition, the Edge now has four USB inputs (one of which is USB Type-C). Read our Ford Edge review.

2021 Ford Escape Changes - Find the best Ford deals!

After last year's redesign, the Escape lineup expands to include the 2021 Escape Plug-in Hybrid. Equipped with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and a 14.4-kilowatt-hour battery pack, the plug-in Escape is rated at 209 hp and is EPA-rated to travel 37 miles on electricity alone. Unlike the non-plug-in Escape Hybrid, it is front-wheel-drive only. Ford has made changes to standard and optional equipment on other Escape trims. A towing package is available on Ford Escapes with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. It's good for a tow rating of 3,500 pounds. Read our Ford Escape review.

2021 Ford Expedition Changes - Find the best Ford deals!

Ford is now offering its Co-Pilot 360 suite of driver assistance technologies as an option on 2021 Ford Expedition XLT models. In addition, Ford adds a less expensive base XL trim level with an STX Appearance Package to the standard-wheelbase Expedition lineup (not the long-wheelbase Expedition MAX). The Expedition STX has 5-passenger seating (no third-row seat), 18-inch wheels, triple-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch touchscreen interface with smartphone integration, and two charge-only USB ports in the second row. Read our Ford Expedition review.

2021 Ford Explorer Changes - Find the best Ford deals!

Ford has cut 2021 Explorer prices significantly. There are also changes to standard and optional equipment. Heated front seats are now standard in XLT models, and the Limited, ST and Platinum come with a power front passenger’s seat. A new XLT Sport Appearance Package provides desirable cosmetic upgrades, including carbon gray 20-inch wheels with coordinating lower body trim, dual chrome exhaust tips, and light gray leatherette upholstery. Read our Ford Explorer review.

2021 Ford F-150 Changes - Find the best Ford deals!

A modernized interior is a highlight on the redesigned 2021 Ford F-150. The company's Sync 4 infotainment interface is standard, you can equip your truck with an optional interior work surface for laptops or lunch meetings, and Max Recline Seats are an option in case you anticipate needing a nap. 

The 2021 F-150 engine lineup is vast and includes everything from a turbodiesel V-6 to a first-ever hybrid version with 430 hp. As before, the twin-turbo, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 is likely to offer the best overall performance, and it's your ticket to a 14,000-pound tow rating on F-150 SuperCabs and SuperCrews equipped with the Max Trailering Package. A 10-speed automatic is standard across the board. 

On the safety front, the company's newest Co-Pilot 360 2.0 driver assistance aids are widely available across the trim levels, and later in 2021, you'll be able to get Active Drive Assist, a Level 2 hands-free driving assist technology.

2021 Ford F-Series Super Duty Changes - Find the best Ford deals!

Ford is offering an upgraded version of Co-Pilot 360 Assist with lane-centering assistance and evasive-steering assistance as an option on the 2021 F-250, F-350 and F-450 equipped with Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum trim levels. It's standard on the Limited. In other news, last year's windshield wiper de-icer is discontinued. Read our Ford F-Series Super Duty review.

2021 Ford GT Changes - Find the best Ford deals!

Ford has announced a GT Heritage model for its low-volume, mid-engine supercar. Each one will have a white, red and black paint job commemorating Ford's win in the 1966 Daytona 24 Hour Continental. In addition, the automaker says it will build a total of 40 cars with the GT Studio Collection package for the 2021 and 2022 model years. This is a graphics package that draws special attention to specific design cues (the front cooling ducts, for example), and of course, buyers can customize the colors to suit.

2021 Ford Mustang Changes - Find the best Ford deals!

The biggest of the changes to the 2021 Ford Mustang is the return of the Mustang Mach 1 to the lineup. The Mach 1 uses the same 480-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 engine as the discontinued Mustang Bullitt. An upgraded version of the Tremec 6-speed manual with downshift rev-matching drives the Mach 1's rear wheels, but you could have a 10-speed automatic instead. In other news, the Shelby GT350 and GT350R are also gone for 2021, while Ford's Co-Pilot 360 driver assistance aids are standard on all 2021 Mustangs. Read our Ford Mustang review.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Changes - Find the best Ford deals!

Ford's first all-electric vehicle is a five-passenger hatchback/crossover creation similar in concept to the Tesla Model Y. The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E will be offered with both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, and with two different battery packs: a 68-kilowatt-hour pack and an upgraded 88-kWh pack. 

Depending on how you equip it, the Mach-E EV will make anywhere from 266 to 346 hp, plus there's a high-performance GT model with an estimated 459 hp arriving in Summer 2021. The Environmental Protection Agency's range estimates for the Ford Mustang Mach-E are encouraging, as the standard battery pack is EPA-rated for 230 miles (211 with AWD) while the upgraded unit is rated for 300 miles (270 with AWD). 

As you'd expect, the Mach-E is loaded with technology, including Co-Pilot 360 2.0 suite of driver assistance aids and the Sync 4 infotainment interface with an enormous 15.5-inch touchscreen. 

2021 Ford Ranger Changes - Find the best Ford deals!

Ford's midsize Ranger pickup has a new Tremor off-road package for 2021. The package includes a lifted suspension with off-road Fox shocks and revised springs and provides more ground clearance (now 9.7 inches), increased wheel travel, and better approach and departure angles. A set of 32-inch all-terrain tires widens the truck’s stance by an inch. In other news, there's a new STX Special Edition option package for the 2021 Ford Ranger XL trim that bundles two desirable features: black alloy wheels and an 8-inch touchscreen interface with smartphone integration. Read our Ford Ranger review.

2021 Ford Transit Changes - Find the best Ford deals!

Recreation vehicles have exploded in popularity during the coronavirus pandemic, so Ford is offering new packages that bundle desirable features for Transits that will converted into motorhomes, RVs and camper vans. Likewise, there's a new Parcel Delivery Package aimed at delivery drivers fulfilling all the extra online orders. It provides an electronic parking brake in vans with a GVRW of up to 9,500 pounds, more walk-through space up front, and wider-opening rear doors with improved lighting for nighttime deliveries. Meanwhile, the all-electric Ford E-Transit arrives in late 2021 as a 2022 model.

2021 Ford Transit Connect Changes - Find the best Ford deals!

Ford is now offering its CNG/LPG Prep option package to retail customers who want to convert a Transit Connect with the 2.5-liter engine to run on natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas.

Most of the information in this article came from Ford. It was accurate on December 7, 2020, but it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the automaker’s website or your local dealership.

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