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2021 Ford F-150 introduces Onboard Scales, Smart Hitch and adaptive dampers

System even uses ‘Smart Taillamps’ to indicate weight in the bed and on the hitch

The 2021 Ford F-150 is getting some trick new trailering/hauling tech, plus it’s adding Ford’s continuously controlled damping suspension as an option.

We’ll start with the hauling news. The first part of the equation is something Ford calls “Onboard Scales.” When you load items into the bed of the truck, your F-150 will now display the approximate weight of those items in the central touchscreen and your FordPass app. If you already have items in the bed and want to individually weigh new items, you can also do that by zeroing out the weight, then adding your new items. Ford calls it “scale mode.”

Besides just checking the weight on one of your screens, Ford also implemented a system called “smart taillamps” to gauge how much weight is in the bed. There are four individual LED bars in the rear taillamps that illuminate vertically as you add more weight. They operate like the battery percentage bar in your phone or laptop. The more LEDs you light up, the closer to capacity your bed is. When all four lights are on, that means your bed is fully loaded. If you keep adding more, the lights will begin to blink when you overload it. Each F-150 knows its specific payload rating, so that keeps you from having to do the thinking yourself.

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Chevy renews trademark for Cheyenne truck nameplate

Will the capital of Wyoming again appear on a tailgate in the U.S.?

General Motors has renewed its trademark of the Cheyenne nameplate used for decades by Chevrolet. The move fuels speculation that Wyoming’s capital will again share its name with a truck on the American market in the not-too-distant future.

Spotted by both CarBuzz and Muscle Car & Trucks, the trademark application was filed by General Motors in April 2021. It protects the name Cheyenne and points out it’s for “motor land vehicles, namely, trucks.” In other words, don’t expect to see a rugged Bolt Cheyenne with woodgrain trim, or a Cowboy State-themed Corvette Cheyenne.

Beyond that, what Chevrolet has in mind is anyone’s guess. It could expand the Silverado‘s palette of trim levels (or the Colorado’s) with one called Cheyenne. Alternatively, as the aforementioned news outlets speculate, it could also use the nameplate on a new addition to its range, like an entry-level pickup aimed at the Hyundai Santa Cruzthe Honda Ridgeline, and the upcoming Ford Maverick. Pickups are in hot demand, so launching another would make sense.

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2022 Ford F-150 EV cabin spy photos reveal Mustang Mach-E screen

We figured this was coming; here’s the proof

A new batch of spy photos of the 2022 Ford F-150 EV has confirmed what we already suspected based on previous peeks: The all-electric version of Ford’s half-ton workhorse is getting a big infotainment screen like the one found in the new Mustang Mach-E.

With this, the all-electric pickup joins Ford’s Expedition and the aforementioned electric crossover at the forefront of this interior changeover, unlike the run-of-the-mill F-150 variants (the hybrid included), which still utilize a screen that fits flush to the dashboard. That screen is backed by the Ford Sync 4A operating system and interface. In the Mach-E, the vertical screen stretches 15.5 inches, and it appears we’ll get the same (or similar) scale here.

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