Illustration Copyright 2009: Mark Stehrenberger Design and PickupTrucks.com
Based on our recent spy photos of 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty test trucks, we asked Mark Stehrenberger to whip up a speculative rendering of what Ford's new heavy-duty pickups could look like. Stehrenberger created the excellent illustration shown above.
The 2011 Super Duty is expected to receive a major styling refresh, about to the extent of the 2008-model-year update. The current blue oval heavy duties took their exterior inspiration from the mighty Ford F-350 Tonka concept that debuted at the 2002 Detroit auto show. The practice round for the 2011 model appears to be the bold Ford F-250 Super Chief concept, first shown at the 2006 Detroit auto show. We also expect the new Super Duty pickups to receive updated badges stamped in the same font as the 2009 Ford F-150. They'll be placed near the bottom of the A-pillar.
Mechanically, we expect the 2011 Super Duty will use Ford's all-new in-house 6.7-liter Scorpion V-8 diesel. The gas engine is expected to be the new 6.2-liter premium V-8, which should replace the 6.8-liter V-10. Another major powertrain change is the likely end of manual transmissions.