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We've shown you several rounds of spy photos of the upcoming 2011 Ford Super Duty, but this latest batch provides the clearest look yet at the major exterior and interior changes in store for Ford's best-selling heavy-duty pickup trucks.
The resculpted front end combines styling DNA from the 2009-10 Ford F-150 light-duty pickup and the 2006 Ford F-250 Super Chief concept. Tough C-clamp-influenced borders frame the sides of the grille, replacing the hallmark side nostrils of the current 2008-10 Super Duty. Prominent wheel arches give away this mule's Fat Boy wide-track monobeam front suspension. The Class 4 suspension is optional for the F-350 and standard for the F-450.
Other styling updates are said to include taillights similar to the F-150's. The Super Duty series identifier (e.g. F-250, F-350, F-450) will be moved from today's position on top of the front fender vents to a new spot just below where the A-pillar meets the hood.
The interior has also been reworked; instrument and climate-control styling is very similar to the controls and materials found in the Ford F-150. Note the two gauge pods mounted on the driver's side A-pillar. They're likely there for testing only.
Mechanically, we expect the 2011 Super Duty will use Ford's all-new in-house 6.7-liter Scorpion V-8 diesel engine. 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.