Spied: 2016 Ford Super Dutys in Death Valley

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Our spy shooters have been busy and hot lately. With temperatures easily hitting more than 110 degrees this week in Death Valley in California, they saw a rather large group of Ford evaluation drivers piloting a fleet of heavily camouflaged Super Dutys while towing some heavy weight.

We can spot the grilles and cab sizes. It almost looks like Ford is getting ready to release a "mega-cab"-style Super Duty that will likely mean a new wheelbase option. Also, we spotted an F-450 with its signature 19.5-inch rims and 10-lug axles, but it is interesting that it did not have the typical Power Stroke turbo-diesel twin diffuser tailpipe. Is it possible the biggest tow monster of the Ford Super Duty lineup will be offered with a 6.2-liter V-8? You know Ford will still offer the 6.8-liter V-10 in some chassis-cab configurations, and that's where many of the parts that make up this new F-450 come from. We'll have to wait and see.

We still are impressed with how tightly wrapped these new heavy-duties are, given that we've just seen the lightly modified and upgraded 2015 Super Dutys. No doubt this will continue to validate those who expect the next Super Duty pickup trucks to follow the light-duty F-150 in using aluminum body panels for weight savings. We still can't tell what, if any, changes have been done to the suspension or aging interior.

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I don't get the MegaCab thing, it looks just ugly like on the Ram....

It look's like a fake Mega-Cab. Wow even have to cover the tow mirrors.

@JK Im not so sure about that, if it was a fake Mega Cab then the bed would be almost 9feet long. The wheelbase and taillights arent fake so there is something in that heavily camoflaged space. Which is more likely? Ford launches a Mega Cab Competitor? Or a first in section mega bed length?

this the new 10'Bed disquessed a longer megacab.

It's the first release of the twin turbo 5.0 ecoboost. But you don't have to take my word for it...

Actually you do...

Wow, what an ugly truck. Hope it doesn't make it into production looking all cardboardy like that.

*recycling comments from the little truck spyshot

It is not the 2015 (model year) SD, because the MY2015 SDs are relatively the same as the 2011-14 models. This is the 2016 or 2017. The only thing '15 about it is the headlights and the cargo box. I bet it's a fake "mega cab"; it's probably the '15 F-150 crew cab with padding disguising with an eight-foot box.

The single rear wheel still looks saggy a$$ in the rear!

@Mark- As Liam states above you must mean 2016 Super Duty or after. 2015's are in current production and are cosmetically identical to the MY11-14's.

It's fairly easy to see that the camoflage on the cab is meant to throw us off. It goes back further than the cab leading me to think there has to be a longer box coming. Cab is probably the same as the F150 supercrew which is now larger than the superduty cab. That's one long truck!

Re the MegaCab. We put 107,000 miles on a 2007 Ram 3500 MegaCab. That was the most comfortable cab of any truck we've ever owned, and that's a bunch of trucks. Even rear passengers loved it. There was even more room in the back seat area than in the front. Super comfortable. If we were buying a new truck it without doubt would be a MegaCab. My only complaint is the large blind spot on the passenger side rear where the solid cab structure blocks my view when backing out of a parking spot and again when trying to back our fifthwheel into a site on that side. Fortunately very few RV sites require backing to that side. Almost all are to the other side.

2015 Don't you mean 2017!?

2017, dont you mean 2023?

You know Ford will still offer the 6.8-liter V-10 in some chassis-cab configurations, and that's where many of the parts that make up this new F-450 come from.

PUTC

Actually, once Ford stops building the 5.4 V8, in case they have not already, the business case for the closely related V10 goes out the window. It was a dog anyway.

Hey look! More lipstick on the '99 model truck!

It's still a pig.

When will Ford finally do a GROUND UP redesign of this aging truck? It was starting to look old 7 years ago.

@papa jim - I agree. No sense building an "orphan" motor for a few MDT's. The 5.4 has had incredible staying power at Ford.

From what you can see (not much) the chassis and suspension looks total carry-over. Looks like another rehash of the '99, not an all new truck.

Where are all the critic of the GM truck frames being exposed to much? Sure looks like Ford is doing the same !

If Ford built a twin turbo 5.0 engine that would be awesome in an all aluminum F 150.

Patent give the inventor so much time and then it can be copied.
Ford will copy Rams Mega cab.

@Louis, not seeing it. The frame rails here are not hanging below the body. Parts are visible though.

This may be a dumb question - but what's the difference between a crew cab and a mega-cab?

Soakee, The magacab is for posers who want a minivan for he cab of the truck and a shorter bed.

@DenverMike
Are you spinning and trolling again?

A Colorado can carry 3 080lbs.

What does a 2013 Ford F-250SRW 4x4 172.4"wb carry? 3 020lbs.

http://media.ford.com/images/10031/2013_SuperDuty_Specs.pdf

So Mr UAW, I gave a link.

Also, DenverDunce, interpret what I have written, don't put spin on it and troll like a loser.

Before you answer research and read what a person writes and don't try and take this out of context again.

Remember, this issue is what started your Denverdumbass multi posts.

You are one full of $hit individual.

Fake megacab. The camo extends over the bed and collapses after the crew cab.

But the real F-450 pickup is back? Those are 19.5 Alcoas on Continental tires, same as the medium duty F-450 cab/chassis, not to be confused with the current F-450 pickup 'badge job' with 17" wheels. Plus it has the 'wide track' front axle and huge plastic fender-extenders (bulges showing through camo) only found on true medium duty F-450s and F-550s.

Why are the tires so small? looks like they came off a Fiesta.

Frame Twist Test Ram 3500 vs Ford F-350 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f3CAnH7WIM

Mega-cab and Crew-max don't have much market share.

It would be stupid to make a mega crewcab.

It makes much more sense to offer a longer box option like the Ram longhauler. That would offer more versatility than the ability to recline a set of back seats.

If one looks at the location of the fuel filler, it sits right at the edge of the "padded bra" camo-cab.

Another point to note is that there is a fuel filler door on both sides of the truck.

A 9 ft box with dual tanks?????

I'm more likely to believe a longhauler competitor as opposed to a mega-cab clone.

@LouBC

Agree re the 5.4

Truck people forget how many of them were built for the Expeditions and Excursions.

My sister and her old man had a 1999 Expedition that they drove the wheels off of. My sis drives at speeds just near warp speed (Atlanta area). AND THEN they gave it to their kids at college.

Truly the torture test!

@papa jim - true.

What about news about the 2016 Raptor?

Spy shots are rounding the web.

Since this site has decided to cover van news, Hyundai is testing a big cargo van like the Transit.


Or news about the rumour that VW wants to buy out FCA ?

Bad news: it's no megacab. Good news: it is a true crewcab like the F-150 SuperCrew. Also it's a 2017 and has the 10 speed.

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@Lou_BC - What 9' bed? That would be dumber than a mega cab.

But I've always been fascinated by the left and right fillers, for dual tank Chevy pickups. With mine both on the left side, I can even fill both tanks at the same time, with the "reach around". That's when I grab the pump on the other side too. It's still funny to watch guys in Chevys fill one tank then jump in and do a wide 3 or 4-point '180', while some chick steals his pump.

I bet those duallies were powered by that revolutionary 2.7L EB tow monster.

Why do you not post the spy photos of the 2016 GM trucks that were spotted in the Rockies with a larger diesel engine? Your competitor internet truck magazine posted them. It seems you are only interested in the Fords! Keep it up and I will not be returning to your site! And why not posting articles on the full size suvs, you sure post news on the vans.

One good reason for a Megacab would be for hotshotters who turn the rear of their cabs into beds. I have seen shots of conversions in regular crew cabs and it looks cramped. So a bigger cab should be a welcome change.

A hotshotter would lose a lot of his profit if he slept in a motel every night, and I think there are laws that are in place that he has to have a bed in the truck if I he is going to sleep in the truck like an over the road tractor trailer truck.

Gotta have mega cab.
Gotta keep makin them sunzabeaches bigger and bigger and bigger! So we can haul around all our fat kids and all the sht we got at walmart

Never thought about dual fillers on opposite sides before, only ever saw my uncles with both on same side...

I can see a good reason for it, be it for dual tanks or one big tank on a tow rig; pull into gas station with big trailer in tow and being able to grab pump on whatever side is conveniently driven through would be nice. Not easy to turn 50+ feet around in many small stations and then get back our on road right way.

I personally don't see the a great need or market for "Mega Cab" style trucks. The certainly server a purpose, but their market is limited. A bed that is 9 or 10' would be something that many people might find useful.

Anyone who has done 5th wheel/Gooseneck towing knows how much bed space gets eaten up by the hitch. If you have a 8' bed toolbox and hitch, that is about all the bed space your going to have besides the room to throw in misc items here and there. With a 6.5' bed, it's basically your whole bed.

With a 10' bed, you would have room for a nice sized aux tank, equipment, and there would still be room left over. I'm actually surprised that no one besides Ram has taken a look into it. I believe that Ram is really interested in the "long hauler" concept truck and it trying to create the business case for it. I would not be surprised if it ever when into production that they might offer the 10' bed across the lineup.

towed one of these in today , blown diesel motor

Towed a truck that's not even out yet. Amazing.

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Not sure why everybody thinks it's a MegaCab or a 9' bed? To me it just looks like a heavily camouflaged CrewCab with a 8' bed.

PUTC seems to have more stories on the Ford's lately that irritates the Ram Owners.
Can't we have more Ram news?
Chevy and GM? psssssssst! nobody cares!
Toyota-Nissan? not serious contenders
Its ALL about Ford and Ram those are the big boys in the game!



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