This is the first time we catch a 2021 Ford F-150 prototype towing a trailer at the high elevation in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. This is also our first glance at the new towing mirrors. This begs a question – will the next 2021 Ford F-150 be rated to tow over 13,200 lbs? This is the current rating on the truck. The easy answer is yes, but here are some ways of achieving this extra-heavy towing capability.
2021 Ford F-150 Prototype
The 2019 Ford F-150 is rated at a maximum 13,200 lbs of towing, based on the J2807 SAE towing standard testing procedures. The 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 now gets a 13,500 lbs rating. Surely, Ford will not hold still and find ways of increasing the towing (and payload) ratings further.
Heat is the main enemy of heavy towing and hauling. The prototype is showing a large front grille opening behind all the camouflage. An increased cooling capacity of the radiator and the rest of the system are key to getting a higher rating. Perhaps, the truck has electric assist, or it may be all electric. This changes the equation, but heat is still the enemy.
Axles, suspension, and brakes need to be rated to haul the heavier weights. Another important J2807 requirement is overall stability and ability to handle trailer sway. Long wheelbase, updated brake controller/distribution, and updated stability control systems are all at play here as well.
We are sure the towing capability of these truck will increase somewhat, although finding the right truck configuration that can tow 13,200 lbs is already very very difficult. Such trucks exist, and we will continue to test with heavier trailers on the Ike Gauntlet ™ as opportunities come up.