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2011 Ford Super Duty - Click above for high-res image gallery

The circle is now complete. Following a couple model years after the redesigned F-150, Ford has taken the wraps off the new 2011 Super Duty model at the Texas State Fair today. The new Super Duty debuts with a new look, new diesel engine called "Scorpion" 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8, and an all-new 6.2-liter gas-powered V8. Ford has still not released power figures for either engine, but the Power Stroke diesel does have the ability to run on B20 biodiesel.

11f250_sd_025_opt.jpgAlso new is a 6R140 heavy-duty TorqShift six-speed automatic transmission that features manual SelectShift control and a Tow Haul option with integrated exhaust braking. The new transmission also offers an optional Live Drive PTO (Power Take Off) feature that was first developed for agricultural machines. Live Drive PTO allows the engine to power auxiliary equipment like snow plows, cement mixers and tow truck lifts directly through the transmission.

Of course, the new Super Duty wouldn't be a Ford truck if it didn't offer best-in-class towing and hauling capabilities, and since the previous Super Duty already held that crown, the new one puts Ford even further ahead of other heavy duty trucks. Again, no hard numbers were given, but expect enough irresistible force to dislodge any immovable object.

The new Super Duty is also packed with all of Ford's latest technologies like Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control, Trailer Sway Control, Trailer Brake Control and AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, among others. Ford Works Solutions is also available, and the interior features a new 4.2-inch auxiliary LCD screen between the gauges for keeping track of what the truck's technologies are doing.

The new exterior design of the 2011 Super Duty also takes the biggest of Ford trucks in a new direction with the boldest front end yet that appears much more integrated with the cab and bed than previous models. Vertically stacked headlights frame a new grille that sports two big horizontal bars and a Ford logo large enough to read from a mile away. Check out the full gallery of official high-res images from Ford below and the press release with even more details after the jump.



[source: Ford]

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It doesn't look dumpy anymore, I'll give it that. In fact, I like the new take on the now classic grille nostrils.

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What a beast..front is definitely an improvement from the current version. The cab and bed still show their 1999 origin.

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The outside is pretty nice, but why do they have to make the inside look like power wheels?

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Interior appears carryover from the current model (interior was redesigned for '08 w/ the last facelift, I think).

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What the heck is up with the goofy looking air dam? First thing to be lost off-road, if it ever finds its way there.

People who usually buy a Super Duty usually use them for work.

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That, and you're judging ground clearance from a photo that has an angle that does not clearly illustrate it.

C'mon, think. It's not that hard.

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What the heck is up with the goofy looking air dam? First thing to be lost off-road, if it ever finds its way there.

I'm guessing that it is there to help with fuel mileage. I went and looked at some of the "real world applications" photos and it still looks low in those photos without the shadow obscuring the ground.

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People who usually buy a Super Duty usually use them for work.

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That, and you're judging ground clearance from a photo that has an angle that does not clearly illustrate it.

C'mon, think. It's not that hard.

I live in Texas where the majority of Ford's super duties are sold. More than half are driven by want-a-be hard workin' folk that don't haul, tow, or go off-road. There are very few consumer reasons to buy a 3/4 truck when towing capacities of 1/2 tons are up to 10k lbs. It is a status symbol here in the "truck" state and it appears Ford hammered that home with the very low air damn.

Next time if you disagree use less inflammatory language. It just isn't necessary.

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Looks pretty good to me, though I still like the looks of the new Suburbans better, and if I were looking at buying a new truck, would wish I could get one with the Suburban/Tahoe front end.

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'Hmm, gotta replace my 'high-roller' mobile to keep up with the Jones'. Hun, can we afford a second mortgage?'

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That front end is much better than teh last one. It looks like they actually took a few minutes to design it this time. I wish they'd rebody the whole thing though...most of that shaeetmetal hasn't changed since it debuted as "SuperDuty"

Interior is mostly carryover, but it gets the new corporate center stack. I like it.

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Ford does some interesting things with their heavy-duty pickups, trim and color-wise. GM trims theirs out less lavishly, with no two-tone paint, tiny tires and few aluminum wheel options. I hope the Scorpion is more reliable than the old I-H Powerstroke. I agree with James' comment on the Power Wheels interior. GM's interior is nicer, more comforting, not so in-your-face.
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