• Nov 20, 2007
click above image for more spy shots of the 2009 Ford F-150

The 2009 Ford F-150 has until now been kept a closely guarded secret, but the Blue Oval's best seller was recently caught by KGP photographers apparently on its way back to the safe confines of a trailer after a photoshoot. This first look at the undisguised F-150 shows a new front end that features a version of the brand's three-bar grille, though in this case it appears that the upper and lower bars are larger than the center one. The headlights also appear to be very similar to those used on the Edge CUV and Taurus X, dipping down and extending their height closer to where they meet the grille. KGP has also spotted new taillights, new rearview mirrors and subtle changes to the character lines on the sides of the truck.

The spy photographers were surprised to see how little the truck has visually changed, wondering whether it indicates a lack of imagination by Ford or simply a lack of funds. We're fairly certain that Ford doesn't mess around when it comes to its cash cow, so the money must be somewhere, but perhaps it's been invested in things we can't see like upgraded mechanicals and new drivetrains. For better or worse, the pickup wars are largely won on paper where stats can be compared objectively. We're betting the new F-150 will be a stout steed when it's unveiled, presumably at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show in January. Whether or not its new look is a big enough departure from the current truck, or if that even matters, will be decided by consumers when it goes on sale next year.

[Photos: KGP Photography]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      I *hate* this new universal Ford design. The current F-150 looks much, much nicer.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Sweet, now give me the new "Boss" motor to go with and i am sold!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like it. Much better than the ugly new Silverados and Tundras.

      To whomever said the front end looks like the last generation Tundra, you're pretty much saying it looks like the tenth generation (1997 - 2003/4) F-150. People are complaining that it looks to much like the outgoing generation, I say to you look at the changes made between a 1980 - 86 F-150 and a 1987 - 91, all they did was round some edges exteriorly.

      From what I see in these pictures, I'm digging the Super Chief-esque front end. Although I'm more interested in seeing the truck in regular and super-cab body styles than as a crew cab.

      And I don't care what anyone says, I like fender vents.
      • 7 Years Ago
      this needs a diesel so bad
      Bryan
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am a Ford guy and have an 04 (current design F150). From what I see so far, I am actually disgusted. This is it? I mean, I know it is just a refresh but this is pathetic. It almost looks the same as the F150 I have now! And do I dare say from the side the front looks like the last gen Tundra? Not only that, but an 87 F150! WTH Ford? You are the leader in trucks. This is not leadership, this is just sad. Now, I will hold my final judgement until I see it in person, but if it looks like crap, this will be the first time in the history of my life I will not want a new F150. I guess I better start looking into suvs,cuvs and cars. =( Maybe I can get an Explorer before you mess that up!
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Bryan
        Wow, a texas redneck NOT loving a ford truck? What is the world coming to?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Eww, looks like they are combining the look of the Super Duty and the regular F150. I think the Tundra looks much better.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am not a Ford guy, however it is not a bad looking truck. I am not sure about the front end. Maybe it will look better in person? I hope it sells good for their sake.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is it me or does the front end of this F150 remind you of the 2006 Toyota Tundra?
        • 7 Years Ago
        That's what I thought too. And that's definately not a good thing.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like the new interior much better than the old one, even if this particular one has chunks of it missing.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like it alot! Very clean looking, (un-like the ugly Tundra and new Chevy). With the new 7.0L V8 gasser and 4.4L V8 diesel it should be a great truck.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Haha, is that what it needs to actually be competitive with Nissan and Toyota, 7 liters? Lol.
      • 7 Years Ago
      FYI there have always been SC mounted shifter and console mounted shifter options in F-150s
        • 7 Years Ago
        20% seat versions have the SC mounted shifter. otherwise it would be a LITTLE uncomfortable...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wonder if this truck is related to that covered test mule I saw drive several times around the St. Paul, MN plant near my house.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks more like a "reskin" rather than a "redesign"...the last redesign of the F-150 was well done going to a more angular heavy duty look...this goes in the other direction...another mistake by Ford...
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