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2021 Ford F-150 King Ranch PowerBoost matches hybrid smarts with Western flair

Far from "all hat and no cattle," this loaded-up F-Series packs an onboard generator and tons of tech with electrified brawn.

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This is the 2021 Ford F-150. Don't let the familiar appearance of this 14th-gen F-Series half-ton pickup fool you, there's a ton of new tech and power under its aluminum skin.

Packing available PowerBoost hybrid tech, an onboard generator and unique features like Max Recline lay-flat seats, the Blue Oval's favorite son is ready to do battle anew with the Chevy Silverado, Ram 1500, Toyota Tundra and Nissan Titan.

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That front end doesn't look much different, does it? Look closer, and you'll see new headlamps with C-clamp-shaped DRLs that blend into a redesigned bumper, as well as a new grille.

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The new PowerBoost hybrid tech builds atop the F-150's most-powerful gas engine, the 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost, adding in a 35-kilowatt electric motor sandwiched into the 10-speed transmission's case. Ford says the powertrain is good for 430 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of torque. It's a monster.

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Regardless of whether it's built in Dearborn, Michigan, or Kansas City, Missouri, each new F-150's track is wider by three-quarters of an inch.

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The new F-150 rides well, even over rutted surfaces and gravel roads. It's also eerily quiet.

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The rear end gets new C-clamp-shaped rear lamps and this King Ranch model features billboard-sized tailgate lettering.

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You'll be surprised at how refined and quiet the new F-150 is inside, PowerBoost hybrid or no.

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The cabin is perhaps the area where the outgoing F-150 had the most catching up to do, and at least in this King Ranch trim, it appears up to the task of competing with the Ram 1500.

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These Max Recline front seats feature heating, ventilation, massage, and a lay-flat position for quick naps on the job site. (I'd promise not to tell your boss, but if you're driving a nearly $77,000 truck like this King Ranch, you probably are the boss.)

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Most F-150s are available with a trick new foldable and lockable storage bin under the rear seats, but not PowerBoost models -- they need that space for the 1.5-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery.

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This particular model features a 12-inch touchscreen running Sync 4 infotainment. It includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus SiriusXM 360L. Did we mention it's got the top-shelf 18-speaker B&O Unleashed audio system?

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The F-150 PowerBoost's EPA fuel-economy estimates call for 24 miles per gallon city, 24 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined.

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The F-150 King Ranch has all kinds of down-home chrome, ya'll.

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Keep clicking or scrolling for more images of the 2021 Ford F-150 King Ranch. Go ahead. You know you want to.

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