Standing as quite a contrast from the spy shots of the 2015 Ford Mustang we saw earlier today, our spies also sent along these pictures of the next-generation F-150 pickup out testing in its (heavily camouflaged) full prototype body. Much of the new truck's design is hidden under the bulky coveralls, but we expect a lot of its new lines to be inspired by the Atlas concept that debuted at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.

Perhaps the biggest unknown surrounding the new F-150 is what, exactly, its body will be made of. Earlier reports have suggested that lightweight aluminum materials may be used throughout, offering a serious reduction in weight versus previous models. But Ford engineers will need to be careful, though, as they need to keep a tight rein on costs while preserving class-competitive (if not class-leading) towing and payload capacity.

On the powertrain front, the new F-150 will undoubtedly carry on with EcoBoost engines, and we'd bet on a normally aspirated V8 as well. A diesel option hasn't been confirmed, but we wouldn't be surprised to see one some time in the truck's lifecycle. Mum's the word on when the production F-150 will be revealed, but our best guess is that we'll see it at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.


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      Kumar
      • 1 Year Ago
      I could've sworn that was a BMW pickup mule based on the driver's salute. ;)
      Chris Zeidler
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maybe they will actually abide by the new SAE J2807 standardized towing tests and become credible again, and lets not even get into the poor real world fuel economy. Ugh!
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      Caarz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Are we gonna comment about the truck ?? Lol
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hope they tone down the ostentatious grille and "gigantor" head lights. The reflector housing surface area is just waay to big for the standard bulb light, it blinds the heck out of everyone.
        wilkegm
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
        A bigger reflector doesn't blind anyone. They can utilize a greater amount of light produced by the bulb, reduce stray, and focus light more accurately. Aesthetics is a differnt issue.
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      Now he knows what celebrities feel like with paparazzi on their tail.
      DKII
      • 1 Year Ago
      the driver giving the camera the finger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      jlauth
      • 1 Year Ago
      Check out the rear window...i like it...no seams for the sliding window.
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      Roscoe
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow dude. If you don't want to be photographed driving a test mule in public, then DON'T DRIVE A TEST MULE IN PUBLIC. This guy should for realsies get fired. What he did is no different that going into a McDonald's and being told to phuq off for ordering food...
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Roscoe
        I don't think people driving test mules are salespeople. Actually, I'm quite sure of it.
        GT8
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Roscoe
        Not a test mule anymore, that's a prototype. There's an obvious difference, as test mules do not have final production designs being tested. Not sure why so many here are ignorant about this.
          wilkegm
          • 1 Year Ago
          @GT8
          Because most people just don't care to know. Besides, a test mule would look just like a T6 Ranger.
        wilkegm
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Roscoe
        Ford has severeal Engineering facilities in close proximity, connected by public roads. You simply CANNOT put a vehicle in a hauler every time it goes from one to another. Further, Ford's main engineering campus, while being private property, does not actively restrict access. There is no telling what the photographer might have done other than snap pictures from the curb.
      Michael Peters
      • 1 Year Ago
      LOLOL at the dude flipping off the photographer
      protovici
      • 1 Year Ago
      You think you would be sitting on a high horse with the photographers snapping away to get some type of shot on the F-150. Ford, please fire this dbag.
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