picture arrived moments ago. It's another F-150
mule running with the new 4.4-liter diesel V8, but this
time the front half is next-generation F-150 while the
back half is from the current truck.
you can see 7-lug wheels indicating that Ford will add
the Heavy Duty Payload Package as an option for 2010.5
an F-150 this capable, why would you need an F-250?
#1: 04-29-2008 10:32 PT
I was so enamored with the twin tailpipes, sharp eyed
Holland at Edmunds Straightline Blog noticed the
truck's 7-lug steel wheels. Those same rims are currently
available only on Ford F-150s with the optional Heavy
Duty Payload Package (which increases the gross vehicle
weight rating to 8,200 lbs and adds heavy duty shocks,
springs and an upgraded rear axle).
interesting about this is that today you can only order
the HD Payload Package for Regular and SuperCab models.
So, it looks like Ford will be extending the HD Payload
Package for the first time to the F-150 Super Crew model.
You'll be able to haul big payloads livin' large.
can try to disguise a new pickup with different sheetmetal
or vinyl camouflage, but when it comes to future diesels
the tailpipes are always the giveaway.
Ford F-150 pictured above (top photo) is an engineering mule
for the 2010.5 model, even though it's wearing the skin of
the current generation F-150. Under its hood is the new 4.4-liter
V8 diesel engine that Ford
has promised its dealers will achieve a 20% improvement
in fuel economy over the F-150's 5.4-liter V8 gasoline
to the Hummer H2T
prototype (which, by the way, sources say, has
been killed) spied a few months back, this F-150 has borrowed
the rear exhaust system from its diesel-powered heavy duty big
truck's twin tailpipes help to quickly cool extremely hot exhaust
gases expelled when the vehicle's diesel particulate filter 'regenerates'
to prevent diesel soot from polluting the air. The same setup
is used in 2008 model year Ford Super Dutys with 6.4-liter Power
Stroke V8 diesel engines (see picture below).
2010.5 Ford F-150 will also use urea Selective Catalytic Reduction
(SCR) to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, so it's compliant
with US federal EPA regulations for 2010. A urea tank will
have to be refilled periodically during routine maintenance on