With all the attention squarely on GM as the 2014 Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra 1500 gets ready to debut sometime this year, Ford is quietly getting its next F-150 ready for a significant design and engineering change. How significant that change will be undoubtedly is a highly guarded secret.
Regardless, there are a few things we can tell from these recent spy shots from Brian Williams of KGP Photography. They were snapped outside the Dearborn testing facility where a few test mules have been spotted, we're told.
First of all, it looks like Ford has seriously upgraded its camo gear. Not only does this covering look like it's supposed to conceal the exact sizes and shapes of the window and overall greenhouse, the extra padding (see how smooth all the exterior surfaces are) is clearly designed to add heft and bulges that are not actually there.
We're also guessing there is plenty of weight-savings to be had on the 2015 model, which is probably why the SuperCab's front doors, engine hood and tailgate are so heavily covered. Also, there seems to be a good number of sensors on the tailpipes, most likely to determine and monitor emissions. Federal standards take a big leap in 2016 and 2018, both of which will hit before Ford's next F-150 overhaul. Although these tailpipes might look a little small, the dual outlets (no chrome tip) are used only on the 6.2-liter V-8-equipped SVT Raptor and Harley F-150.
As with most spy photos, it is difficult to determine any changes regarding the construction or design of the supsension, so the most we can do is comment on the growing size of the F-150's windshield. We also would like to think that the bigger greenhouse (and much of the side window glass looks covered as well) would provide greater visibility all around. Likewise, it sure would be nice if those side mirrors not only extended but also flipped up to provide a wider, taller towing mirror. We'll have to wait and see.