Ford isn’t shy today with a test fleet of new Super Duty trucks. We recently caught a SuperCab model on the road that appears to be an XLT trim level. Now we have something a little bigger in the F-Series Super Duty family, and more luxurious to boot.
Admittedly, it was difficult to hide the 22-foot-long truck. If anything, such vehicles stand out even more when wrapped in camouflage. Oddly enough, Ford doesn’t seem interested in hiding the areas where most of the changes are taking place. The grille looks full here, except for the large center-mounted Ford oval. Taking a closer look, we see a different grille design from the XLT we saw earlier, although the headlights are still framed by large C-shaped running lights. The black paint peeling off all around the grille indicates that it’s actually chrome underneath.
Therefore, we think it’s a King Ranch model – not top-of-the-line but certainly luxurious in its own right. The wheels also have black paint that looks chipped, exposing more of the chrome. The long box configuration with a larger cab and dual rear wheels makes it the F-350 model, a rig that currently costs $70,000 before optional add-ons. Our sources tell us that the King Ranch and Platinum trim levels will share the same front clip, with the paint combination showing which one. We saw updated LED taillights at the rear, but beyond that, exterior upgrades versus the current Super Duty should be minimal.
Bigger changes are expected inside. As per the F-150, we hear the large center touchscreen will hold stations on a redesigned dashboard that still incorporates plenty of tactile controls. The screen could be 12 inches, and a new digital driver display could be part of the high-end King Ranch package. Expect lots of tech too, though so far we haven’t heard anything definitive about Ford’s BlueCruise hands-free system.
Under the skin, Ford should bring the bone and powertrain options of today’s trucks. That means familiar gasoline or diesel power, channeled through a 10-speed automatic transmission. The 6.7-liter turbo diesel V8 engine can get a power boost to stay competitive with big trucks from Chevrolet and Ram.
His debut is expected to occur in the fall. Depending on how quickly Ford moves into production, that could mean it could be a 2023 model even though it should be of course valid for the model year 2024.