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2009 Ford F-150 Caught Testing in Dearborn

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With huge market pressure being levied by GM's latest full-size trucks, Ford's engineers are hard at work on the 2009 Ford F-150. Prototype testing of the next-generation F-150 is ramping up in Dearborn, Michigan, and our spy photographers have been shooting nonstop to keep tabs on Ford's progress.

From what we can see of the prototypes, the 2009 Ford F-150 will look similar to the Super Duty trucks that went on sale earlier this year. Although a few prototypes had Ford's corporate three-bar grille hiding beneath their covers, our spy shooters say it was just a mock-up hiding the real design underneath.

When they managed to catch a few test mules with the real grille in place, it was clear that the F-150 will use a much different design. Instead of the restrictive three-bar setup, the F-150 will get a front end with large cutouts to feed plenty of air to the new V8s planned for the half-ton pickup.

The current 5.4-liter Triton V8 is getting replaced by Ford's new "Boss" engines that are expected to displace around 6.2 liters at the top end and around 5.4 to 5.6 liters on the low end. Expect horsepower numbers approaching 400 and similar levels of torque, as Ford wants to stay on top of Toyota's 5.7-liter V8. It delivers 381 hp and 401 pound-feet of torque through a six-speed automatic, so expect six gears in the Ford's automatic transmission as well.

Interior photos show a cabin with a maze of small buttons scattered all over the dash. It's hardly the kind of work-glove-friendly setup we're used to seeing in a full-size pickup. Given Ford's tradition of offering several different interior layouts, this could be one of several designs destined for the 2009 F-150.

Expect to see the production version of the 2009 Ford F-150 at next year's Detroit auto show in January, with sales beginning later in the year.

Source and photos at link:

http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Gener...photopanel..2.*

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Clearly a mule. You can't tell anything under that camo.

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Interior design looks a lot better, though thats a lot of tiny buttons...

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if the new escape and mariner, and this tester are any indication. Ford is suddenly obessed with lots of buttons on the center stack.

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if the new escape and mariner, and this tester are any indication. Ford is suddenly obessed with lots of buttons on the center stack.

yeah, that's one horrific kludge of a dashboard.

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if the new escape and mariner, and this tester are any indication. Ford is suddenly obessed with lots of buttons on the center stack.

The funny thing about that is that all the buttons on this dashboard are from the Escape and Mariner. This is basically the merger of the current F-150 & new Escape interiors. Nothing groundbreaking but I think Ford is more concerned over quality now rather then appearance.

Toyota, on the other hand, did the exact opposite with the new Tundra interior. Unfortunately for them, in an attempt to create a "groundbreaking" interior, they ended up with an ugly, low-quality, and ergonomic nightmare.

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The interior hasn't really changed that much. And it still isn't as sharp as the GMT-900's.

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The interior hasn't really changed that much. And it still isn't as sharp as the GMT-900's.

yup not much of a change on the interior, but hopefullt a huge change under the hood. Hopefully the base v8 will be around 330 hp and the big dog around 425 now if the can do that and get 15 city and 20 hwy they will sell a ton of trucks!

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i saw 4 of these pus on the ohio tpk going east into Pa. tried to start a conversion but the guys wouldnt talk the beds are still super deep and one of them had the rails inside the bed also one of the f150 had super duty style mirriors and the rest look like stock mirriors very well covered up the grills do look differnt then the stock and taillights look like the explorior lights black and red. from what i saw i dont see major differnce like gms pu

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Wow that really is a lot of buttons on the center stack....too many IMO....and why do testers put that big red "stop ride now/ejector seat" button as I call them on the dash?

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