We caught Ford's next-generation 2011 F-series Super Duty pickup testing just a few miles from the company's headquarters in Dearborn. In these camera-phone-shot pictures, we can see some of the styling changes peeking through the camouflage.
In the front of this crew cab tester, two large horizontal plates span across the grille and a sizable blue oval is likely hiding under the middle section of tape. The shape of the grille implies some of the front-end styling is influenced by the bold F-250 Super Chief concept that debuted at the 2006 Detroit Auto Show. The tail appears to only receive some minor alterations and a set of reshaped taillights.
Sadly, the next Super Duty probably won't get the supercharged V-10 of the Super Chief concept. Instead, the 2011 model will carry over Ford's 6.7-liter "Scorpion" V-8 diesel that is expected to become available on the 2010 trucks. The gas engine will probably be the 6.2-liter "Boss" V-8 that should produce around 400 hp. We hear the 2011 refresh could also kill the manual transmission option in the Super Duty.
It's hard to say whether the 2011 model year update will satisfy Super Duty fans clamoring for a "full" redesign. Sources say the changes are not expected to go to the extent of the 2008 refresh.