The new and improved Ford F-150 2021 debuted yesterday, bringing for the first time some features available on the full-size pickup. Some of the highlights include an optional hybrid powertrain – which the company calls “PowerBoost” – a new 12.0-inch touchscreen, and the optional Ford Co-Pilot 360 security suite. But you may have missed this: of the 13 versions of the F-150, 11 of them have unique grille designs.
XL / XL Chrome
The F-150 XL and XL Chrome are the entry-level versions of this truck, so expect them both to have a relatively basic design. The vertical plastic slats and black inserts match the affordable handling of the truck, and while this grille isn’t anything fascinating, it still looks good.
The F-150 STX has a more sober grille design in comparison, but it looks prettier. Rather than the vertical slats and black plastic inserts of the XL and XL Chrome models, the STX sports a black mesh treatment around the Ford logo and the body color. This gives the truck’s grille a cleaner appearance, unlike the black plastic surrounds on the two entry-level models.
The F-XLT is the first in the new F-150 range to obtain chromium. A chrome frame surrounds a basic black grille that resembles the basic XL and XL Chrome models. The inner part of the grille has a similar black plastic treatment with vertical slats and horizontal accents to that found on entry-level models.
The F-150 XLT Chrome – you guessed it – gets even more chrome. A new horizontal insert that surrounds the Ford logo joins the chrome outline of the XLT model. Like the XLT, the XLT Chrome also gets a new shiny finish on the bottom of the bumper.
The F-150 XLT Sport drops chrome instead of a bronze frame and full-width trim instead. The black plastic inserts are also larger and the chrome accent on the underside of the XLT and XLT Chrome models disappears in place of a body color finish.
The F-150 Lariat gets more luxury than most of the previous models mentioned, and this is evident from looking at the grille. The large piece of chrome trim – front and center – denotes the more upscale look of the Lariat. This feature extends the width of the grille and combines with thin vertical sipes behind it, as well as more chrome on the front bumper.
The F-150 Lariat Chrome gets the same horizontal insert as the traditional Lariat model, only now the vertical black slats are replaced by chrome slats instead. This extra chrome gives the truck a more upscale look, and like the traditional Lariat, the Chrome model also gets a lower gloss treatment on the bumper.
The F-150 Lariat Sport loses all the chrome of the other two Lariat models, instead coating this large piece of horizontal trim in a dark bronze finish. The vertical slats also revert to black, and the chrome function on the lower part of the bumper now takes on a body-colored finish.
King Ranch / King Ranch Chrome
The F-150 King Ranch and King Ranch Chrome have a unique grille design that instantly separates the two models from the rest of the range. There is a golden finish piece that extends the width of the grille, paired with matching golden inserts throughout. The only thing that separates the two trucks is the bottom of the bumper: the normal F-150 King Ranch gets a matching gold bumper while the King Ranch Chrome gets a shiny bumper.
The F-150 Platinum uses the same grille design as the King Ranch and King Ranch Chrome models: a full-width bar and matching inserts. Only it loses the unique golden coloration of these two models, replacing it with a normal silver finish instead. The F-150 Platinum also receives a color-matched lower bumper.
The F-150 Limited has the most unique grille of all. Although it borrows the same piece of full width bar as the previous three versions, the Limited gets a larger silver frame, unique silver vertical slats and the “LIMITED” wordmark on top.