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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