• Oct 16th 2009 at 11:29AM
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2011 Ford F-350 Super Duty Lariat King Ranch Edition - Click above for high-res image gallery

We just got back from the 2009 OC Auto Show in Anaheim, California, and we come bearing gifts. Alongside the F-150 SVT Raptor, Ford had parked a 2011 Ford F-350 Super Duty Lariat King Ranch Edition. Even if each of the letters in its name were a foot tall, they'd still fit in this truck's smartly-lined bed. We've already told you about this 2011 Super Duty truck when it was unveiled at the Texas State Fair, a traditional venue for launching new pickups. There's not a lot to add from that previous rundown other than some live photos we snapped to give a better impression of what the real thing looks like in person.

This basically completes the overhaul of Ford's family of F-Series pickups that started a couple of years ago. The 2011 Super Duty debuts with a new look that integrates its massive grille slightly better than before, a new 6R140 heavy-duty TorqShift six-speed automatic transmission that features manual SelectShift control and a Tow Haul option with integrated exhaust braking, and either Ford's new diesel 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 engine that's been dubbed the "Scorpion," or what we believe to be the Raptor's 6.2-liter gas V8. Still no power figures for either engine, but the Power Stroke diesel does have the ability to run on B20 biodiesel.

The new exterior design is bold, but in a restrained way. The grille is massive and everything is big and brawny, but none of the details seem to be very polarizing. In person we really liked those vertically stacked headlights and the grille didn't appear as gigantic with its outer ring in body color. The lighted running boards and swanky interior on this top-level model are probably more than most heavy haulers will want or need, but it did look like a comfortable ride. Still, we'll take the F-150 SVT Raptor instead. Check out the full gallery of high-res images below.

Photos copyright ©2009 Frank Filipponio/Weblogs, Inc.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      The only legitimate need for a truck this size is as a commercial vehicle, where style doesn't matter. But that won't stop droves of macho Americans from buying this oversized penis extension.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Im getting really sick of this "Matt" "guy".

      Hey, "Matt" "guy", this is a dang fine looking pickup truck!!!

      It looks better than the Silverado heavy duty trucks with those nasty front chrome bumper corners! That is the WORST looking thing on a truck at the moment!! & the way those new heavy duty Dodge Rams are with that nasty front bumper and overhanging hood.. Yuk! This is the best of the big 3!! Well... I do like the GMC Sierra a lot! Nice looking truck!!

      [ but then again everyone is entitled to their opinion ]
      Although I have a feeling that if this was the new Dodge or Chevy you would be ALL ABOUT IT!! But since it is a Ford....

      I'll take one of these in King Ranch!
      • 5 Years Ago
      What's the surprise? -- same damn truck they've been building for years, oh, wait -- it has a new grille!
      • 5 Years Ago
      LMAO i read autoblog often and rarley leave a comment but i bet it just gets under Matt and Brians skin how much good press and how many positive comments on autoblog there is about FORD!They try sooo hard to come up with soemthing clever to say negative and end up looking like ass's.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As far as this refresh i like the front end but i wish they would have updated the rear end as to match maybe the F-150 like they did with the 1999 model. its basicaaly they same rear taillights as the 99'.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So Ford improves 90% of the SD and the "tail lights" are what you use to determine how good it is or if you'd buy it.... WTF...!... or do you just look for anything to bitch about!
      • 5 Years Ago
      That grille looks ten times better in body color. A shame you'll have to spend $60,000 to get one so equipped.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ehw, what the h*ck is that, there between the headlights?
      why is it so swollen?
      an infection?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Aren't exhaust brakes prohibited in some areas around alot of towns?

      Also, Ford knows exactly what they are doing. They found a truck style 50 years ago, and just keeping changing the rims and refreshing the front facia, then call it all new. They finally do seem to be upgrading the components, but still. Come on man!

      Matt, right on the money with the compensator comment!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, it has 4 wheels and a bed, just like the 1959 Ford Trucks. I guess it also has the same carry over 6.7 L Scorpion diesel as well. What the hell Ford??

      • 5 Years Ago
      Alright, kind of a LOL moment here. I just got back from the OC auto show as well. I walked right past this truck on my way to look at the Flex. I simply thought, "big truck, whatever" and walked right on by. It had a big 2011 sign sitting on the roof, but nobody was standing around it. I was much more stunned by the sticker on the black Flex at the back of the booth, $48K!. Too bad I missed ya.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Now if they would just update the ranger. Last year Ford boasted the ranger had the only 7' bed in it's class as a good selling point. So for 2010 u can't even get the 7' bed. What kind of marketing is that? I'm still for Ford but the ranger is their lone bad spot right now to me. I haven't heard yet if 2011 is a redo or not.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Two different Rangers Mattias. Yours isn't sold in the states.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What's the problem with the Ranger? Bold looks. Nice diesel engines based on some VM designs. Even a tipper is available. OK, new Ecboost fours and CNG/LPG would be fine. But it is not that bad:

        • 5 Years Ago
        I hope that the refreshed ranger doesn't look like that pic u linked to Mattias. That thing looks like a Toyota to me. I like the squared off rugged look on a truck myself.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great truck.
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