While most 2021 Ford F-150 buyers will certainly opt for XLT-and-up trim levels and SuperCrew body styles, there are still customers out there who need/want a more affordable, bare-bones option. That means the XL, which is alive and well in the 14th generation pickup’s lineup. Recently, Ford Authority was able to obtain some photos of an XL Regular Cab on the streets, and now, we’ve got some photos of a 2021 F-150 XL SuperCab to share as well.
While the XL Regular Cab won’t launch until later this year, the 2021 F-150 XL SuperCab should be arriving now, or very soon. Regardless, this is the first time we’ve gotten a real-world look at this trim level and cab configuration, as Ford press photos and vehicles generally focus on the higher trim levels including the Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited.
This base model SuperCab pickup is a step up from the Regular Cab, which is the base/base model – meaning that it’s the base trim level and the base cab option. While the Regular Cab we captured driving around was a long bed, this particular example sports a 6.5-foot bed, which is standard equipment for the SuperCab. The 5.5-foot box is a $3,625 option, while the 8-foot bed costs $1,305 more. Opting for the SuperCab over the regular cab costs an additional $4,085.
Like all 2021 Ford F-150 XL models, this pickup is devoid of any chrome trim on the bumpers, side mirrors, upper and lower grilles, front fender trim, and door handles. This truck is also wearing the base 17-inch silver-painted wheels.
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.
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 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.
The 2021 F-150 XL SuperCab might be an entry-level model, but Ford has given it quite a few upgrades for the new model year, including soil-resistant two-tone seats, a standard 8-inch touchscreen, an optional interior work surface, and standard Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Detection.