We now have our first shots of a next-generation Ford F-350 dualie prototype caught running the streets of Dearborn, Mich. This dual rear-wheel, wide-body Super Duty prototype shows that development of Ford's revamped heavy-duty pickup trucks is running at full steam, with multiple cab and body configurations flying off the pilot assembly lines.
The Super Duty dualie prototype maintains the look of the model we saw recently with a heavily camouflaged cab. Given the massive size of the cab (mega sized?), it could be something similar to the MegaCab found in Ram 2500/3500 HD pickups. It's still unclear whether this prototype's cab is truly that large or if it's a trick of the camouflage, which may falsely extend past the prototype's C-pillar design.
There's speculation that the nose-to-tail and sill-to-roof camouflage could also point to more use of aluminum, which would put the Super Duty on a similar technical footing with the light-duty F-150. Some believe an aluminum-intensive design could make a lot of sense on HD pickups and could considerably reduce some of the truck's cost of operation for business owners. A lighter truck getting better fuel economy could also help Ford meet the more aggressive corporate average fuel economy requirements coming in five and 10 years.
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