A leaked document that was recently posted on the internet potentially revealed nearly all the engine lineup for the 2021 Ford F-150. But while that information did help peel back a layer of the secrecy surrounding this truck, the folks at MotorTrend did some digging themselves, and have perhaps discovered a detail that the bulk of the world missed.
In this instance, it centers around the range topping Ford F-150 Raptor where a listing in the body configuration portion of the leaked VIN decoder appears to reveal that the Raptor will only be offered in only one body style with the SuperCab layout potentially being axed for the trim. For those that need a brief refresher, the SuperCab features tiny swing out rear doors versus the formal SuperCrew which features four traditional doors. When viewed in terms of sales, the sheer superiority of the SuperCrew in sales is hard to ignore. For instance, when we did a dealer wide search of Raptor models within 200 miles of our office, it revealed that close to 300 SuperCrew variants were available for purchase, versus a mere 24 copies with the SuperCab option.
With such a massive disparity between these two offerings, especially if figures nationally are factored in to the equation, it would make sense for Ford to potentially stop offering the SuperCab bodystyle outright in response to lukewarm reception for Raptors equipped in this particular fashion. Meanwhile, the engine choices for the Raptor have also been the subject of equally intense scrutiny, with Ford being rumored to possibly considering bringing V8 power back to the Raptor after a short absence. It is unknown if the V8 will be permanent, or if it is only for a limited production model. Further adding to this speculation is a lack of formal engine listing for the Raptor, with that space remaining ominously blank.
Ford for its part, is playing things safe, and has so far not commented on the accuracy of the report, and whether the 2021 F-150 (regardless of trim level) will indeed be following the alleged script seen in these documents. We will have to wait until the 2021 Ford F-150 is eventually revealed to find out just how accurate these leaked images are, but it will be interesting to see if the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic will force Ford to alter its plans for introducing the highly important pickup to the world.
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