A heavier-duty half-ton pickup that skirts the line between the regular Ford F-150 and Super Duty may be in the works, according to some automotive spy shots secured by Truck Trend. The photos, available on that outlet’s official website, depict what certainly looks to be a current-generation Ford F-150, albeit with a brand-new grille and heavy-duty 8-lug wheels installed.
The beefed-up Ford F-150 variant, which could bear the “Super Duty” designation, would likely chase after commercial customers more than non-professional consumers. It wouldn’t be the first contender in the “extra-duty” pickup space, with other entrants including the Ram 1500 Tradesman and Nissan Titan XD, nor even the first from Ford; as Truck Trend notes, there was a more-than-half-ton Ford F-150 dubbed the “7700” (after its Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) produced from 2000 to 2003. It featured 7-lug wheels, a self-leveling rear suspension, and a heavier-duty rear axle.
Truck Trend reports that some stamped lettering is visible on the upper part of the grille on this camouflage-wearing Ford F-150, which could read “Super Duty” like Ford’s current heavy-duty line. The alleged extra-duty Ford pickup is likely to debut alongside the refreshed Ford F-150 in 2018.