Ford adding F-600 to F-Series Super Duty lineup

Ford is introducing a brand new “tweener” mannequin aimed toward business prospects who discover themselves needing extra payload than what an F-550 can present, however don’t want the complete functionality of the F-650 mannequin.

The all-new F-600 chassis cab, which made its debut on the Work Truck Present in Indianapolis Tuesday evening, contains a Class 6 most GVWR of 22,000 kilos in a Class 5 Tremendous Responsibility bundle, hitting what tremendous obligation chief engineer Michael Pruitt calls the “candy spot in functionality.”

“2019 is a very, actually large 12 months for us as a result of we’re starting to introduce a lot of new product,” says Ford North America president Kumar Galhotra, noting that Ford can have changed 75 % of its product portfolio by the tip of 2020.

Ford’s newest all-new large truck for the 2021 mannequin 12 months indicators considerably of rebirth of an F-Sequence unique.

With a gross automobile weight score between 14,000 and 16,000 kilos, the two-ton F-6 was a part of the unique lineup in 1948. Later badged F-600, it wasn’t included within the Tremendous Responsibility product line when it debuted for the 1999 mannequin 12 months as manufacturing wound down on the massive truck a 12 months earlier.

Whereas the brand new F-600 is similar measurement as an F-550, it makes use of upgraded driveline and chassis parts, in addition to higher-weight-rated 19.5-inch tires and wheels, to attain a better GVWR. Will probably be accessible with a alternative of gasoline or a diesel powertrain – Ford’s new 7.3-liter gas V8 or a third-generation 6.7-liter Energy Stroke diesel – and in 4×2 or 4×Four drivetrains.

Barely 36 months faraway from its most up-to-date refresh, Tremendous Responsibility – Ford’s heavy truck lineup – will see a number of upgrades for the 2020 mannequin …

Whereas Ford has but to launch energy scores for its all-new 445 cubic inch, 7.3-liter V8 gasoline engine, which was introduced final month for F-Sequence Tremendous Responsibility pickups, the corporate says it generates extra torque and energy than the 6.8-liter V10 engine it replaces. Scores for the third-generation 6.7-liter Energy Stroke diesel are additionally not but accessible.

An all-new 10- velocity TorqShift automated transmission is obtainable throughout all engine choices with accessible live-drive energy takeoff provision with as much as 300 lb.-ft. of torque. Ford transmission techniques supervisor Greg Stout says the brand new 10-speed is essentially much like the 10-speed that debuted on F-150 final 12 months however in accordance with the supervisor.

“It shares the identical structure and energy circulation – the identical variety of clutches and the identical variety of planetary gears – however the elements are larger, beefier, stronger, simply to match the engine functionality,” Stout says. “This transmission really has fewer than 10 % elements in frequent with the F-150 transmission. And people are issues that don’t carry any torque as a result of this transmission was designed to particularly complement the brand new [engines]. This clearly has quite a bit larger torque necessities and buyer obligation cycle necessities than our F-150.”

F-600 could be ordered early subsequent 12 months and can be accessible mid-2020.

All Ford business automobile product traces are up to date with commonplace modems with 4G LTE Wi-Fi for as much as 10 gadgets to assist hold drivers and crews related whereas on the job or on the street. New Ford Telematics and Ford Information Companies can be found throughout the lineup, enabling fleet managers to boost uptime and asset utilization, optimize working prices, enhance driver habits and shield their fleets utilizing Ford OEM-grade telematics software program, integrating with the corporate’s current telematics service supplier or taking automobile information straight into their very own IT techniques.

Ford can also be providing updates to its heaviest fashions, the Class 6-7 medium obligation F-650 and F-750. These vans will come outfitted with both the brand new 7.3-liter gasoline engine or up to date 6.7-liter Energy Stroke V8.

An up to date instrument panel features a new steering column, wheel and cluster, whereas new commonplace AM/FM stereo radio with Bluetooth performance and USB ports makes getting within the cab and driving the brand new F-650 or F-750 as acquainted as driving a Tremendous Responsibility pickup.

Manufacturing of mannequin 12 months 2021 F-650 and F-750 begins early January 2020.


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