Redesigning an icon is never easy, especially when it’s a proven winner that has dominated the traditionally conservative full-size truck market for decades on end. But that’s precisely what Ford Motor Co. decided to do with the complete makeover it has in store a little more than a year from now with the next-generation F-Series.
The Detroit maker is being cagey about the exact timing of that launch, never mind specifics of the replacement truck – but it has also made it clear that a key goal will be slashing mass and boosting mileage without sacrificing the capabilities and durability of the rugged workhorse.
We got a sense of what may be in store during the Detroit Auto Show, this past January, when Ford literally dropped in on a media event with the gleaming silver Atlas Concept. And the images here of two other, earlier concepts – dubbed the Bullet Train and the Locomotive — reveal what went into the show car’s development.