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2021 F-150 XL Regular Cab: First Real-World Photos

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When Ford revealed the 2021 F-150, it showed off many a trim level of the all-new pickup, albeit only in Crew Cab form. One of the models not shown was the working person’s F-150 XL. Those wondering what the base 2021 Ford F-150 XL Regular Cab is going to look like are in luck, since Ford Authority recently captured one in the real world.

Before we get into it, we should note that this is the base/base model, meaning that it’s the base trim level and the base cab option. This particular model also features the long bed, which is exactly what we’d expect from a truck that’s bound to wind up working hard its entire life. Here, it’s all about utility, not fitting a large screen TV inside the cab or looking stylish driving down the road.

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The visual differences between the 2021 F-150 XL and the rest of the lineup are very similar to what we’ve seen with previous generations of Ford’s bread-and-butter truck. Given that this is the base/base model, the entire truck is devoid of any and all chrome, including the bumpers, side mirrors, upper and lower grilles, front fender trim, and door handles. This particular truck also sports the base 17-inch silver-painted wheels.

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Speaking of the grille, it’s one of 11 new designs for the 2021 Ford F-150, and is very similar to the one we’ve seen on the 2021 XLT.

On the XLT, the grille features a large chrome grille surround and split chrome bars in the center which frame Ford’s iconic Blue Oval logo. Between the surround and a few bars are several “floating” hollow oval-shaped trim elements which are finished in black. There are 15 of these pieces in total, consisting of three vertically stacked rows of five. The XL, on the other hand, features a completely black version of the same grille.

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Another obvious difference between the XL and higher trim levels are this truck’s standard halogen quad beam headlamps and fog lights, instead of the pretty LED units we’ve seen in all the press photos thus far. Out back, the base model also wears a pair of standard halogen tail lamps instead of the optional LEDs.

2021 Ford F-150 XLT

Altogether, the 2021 F-150 XL looks pretty much exactly what we thought it would look like. But Ford has also given its work truck quite a few upgrades, including soil-resistant two-tone seats, a standard 8-inch touchscreen, an optional interior work surface, optional 3.5L PowerBoost hybrid power, and standard Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Detection. So this working person’s truck isn’t quite as entry-level as it used to be.

The Regular Cab version of the 2021 Ford F-150 will be available later on in the model year, as Ford prioritizes SuperCrew and SuperCab models in starting to produce the 14th-gen F-150.

We’ll have much more on the new F-150 very soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford F-Series news, Ford F-150 news, and continuous Ford news coverage.

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Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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11 Comments

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    • I’m not sure about the lowered and leveled part since that would reduce payload carrying capacity, but the rest of your comment is spot-on.

  1. Great looking truck per usual! Ford has the best proportions on their half-tons. The GM trucks are flat out ugly. RAM’s new 1500 is okay, but not as tough as this.

  2. Hard to tel if the XL pictured is Antimatter Blue or Tuxedo Black. 5.0 V8 is a $1,995 option Ford Performance has a lowering kit for 2020’s- $487. Not sure if it will fit the redesigned ’21s

  3. It will have the same problem as every other year…..
    The salesman saying they don’t have any, can’t find and not sure how fast they can get me one. We do have the 70K dollar XLT in stock however.

  4. I wonder what the base- base price will be with no options? The last F150 I had was a 2013 with roll up windows and 5.0 for ,18K. Wish I still had it.

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