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Pickup Trucks: New Stripes and Graphics For 2016

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Want a bit more flair with your Ford or Chevy pickup? You’re in luck – both have the option of a spicier look for 2016.

Full-sized pickups have many uses, and making their owners look good can be one of them. Stripes and graphics add visual spice, and Ford and Chevy both have new appearance packages to help them stand out.

Time will ultimately tell if they have the enduring fabulousness of the old alpha dog of pickup graphics, the Chevy El Camino Royal Knight.

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Chevrolet’s Realtree package was announced in January 2016, and the name says it; the graphics spin off of Realtree’s widely-marketed camouflage patterns. It’s a likely tie-in, as a portion of Chevy‘s truck buyers might be heading for the hills to do some hunting.

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The Realtree package gives you three areas of camo – one on the tailgate…

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…one on the door…

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…and another on the hood.

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It would have likely been excessive to have the entire truck covered with Realtree’s camo patterns, so these accents serve more as a cue to your outdoorsy enthusiasm than a functional way to hide from your prey.

The Realtree edition also includes lots of blackout trim, including the Chevy bowtie logos, and the wheels are black 20-inchers. These accompany the Z71 off-road package, which includes Rancho monotube shocks, Hill Descent Control, an underbody shield and an auto locking rear differential. The seats are embossed with the Realtree logo, and there are additional camo graphics applied to the interior.

While Chevy’s bid for uniqueness focused on the subterfuge of camo, Ford went for a more extroverted look with its Special Edition package, which is available on the upper-crust XLT and Lariat trims.

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The Special Edition adds new 20-inch aluminum wheels. These wheels add SPORT lettering, which adds to the F-150, EcoBoost and FX4 logos to give passersby a wealth of methods by which to identify the truck.

There are black running boards and thick stripes…

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…and the XLT gets a black mesh grille, while the pictured Lariat’s has horizontal red accents.

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Inside are seats with Alcantara inserts. There’s red stitching wherever you look, and the seat bolsters and seat belts accents practically glow red.

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As of this writing, these trim packages from Ford and Chevy are just about to hit the ground. A Ford rep says the Special Edition is now available for $1,895, though it hasn’t yet hit the company’s website build-and-price configurator. We’ll know the Chevy’s price closer to the package’s debut this spring.

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