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Spied! 2024 Ford F-150 testing, what we expect

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The 2024 Ford F-150 was caught testing near Dearborn, Michigan, and we have the first photos showing what’s going to be new on the truck.

A refreshed version of the full-size truck released in 2021, this 2024 F-150 shows changes are coming to the front fascia, grille and front/rear bumper as well as what could be a completely new tailgate.

Expected changes for 2024 Ford F-150

Our spy photographer states:

The 2021 F150 debuted in June of 2020 with all-new looks, and now it’s that time again (just on the heels of the new Tundra). Looking at the 2024 F-150 we can see that it will have a revised front end with new headlights, grille and front fascia. Around back, the F150 should feature a revised tailgate (w/optional multi-use feature), bumper and taillights. Inside we’re also expecting updates to the gauge cluster and center stack.

Power is expected to come from a 4-engine suite, but it’s unknown if there will be upgrades to performance.

Expect an official debut in mid-2023.

This information makes sense when considering the 2023 Ford Super Duty truck lineup just got new bumper steps and side steps near the cabin for easier access to the bed. These items had been found on General Motors trucks, and Ford has borrowed some of these ideas to improve their trucks.

Another improvement could be a multi-use tailgate. There have been rumors online of different tailgate patents using either a split dutch-door setup like Ram, a multi-fold setup like GM or even a removable sawhorse option.

Inside the cabin, the question is going to be if Ford continues using the current horizontal infotainment display or changes to mirror the F-150 Lightning with its vertical display.

Also, the driver gauge cluster could see some revisions and Ford might drop the analog gauges for all trims except the work truck. Currently, the lower trims see a mishmash of either an analog or digital display and/or a column or console shifter as well.

The bottom line

By seeing this truck out testing, we know a refreshed model is coming soon. Typically, when we see spy photos, it is an indicator the engineering and design work are mostly done, and Ford engineers are doing the final validation testing on new features and design changes.

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Tim Esterdahl

Automotive Journalist Tim Esterdahl has been a lover of trucks and SUVs for years. He has covered the industry since 2011 and has pieces in many national magazines and newspapers. In his spare time, he is often found tinkering on his '62 C10 pickup, playing golf, going hunting and hanging out with his wife and kids in Nebraska.

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