Ford expands its Super Duty line and updates other vans and trucks.
There is a fresh name coming to the Ford Super Duty family, the first new F-Series model we’re seeing in 20 years. The Ford Super Duty F-600 broke cover this week, expanding the automaker’s venerable line of full-size pickup trucks with it.
The 2020 Ford Super Duty F-600 chassis cab is a medium-duty commercial truck with a maximum gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 22,000 pounds. Ford describes the vehicle as a Class 5 Super Duty package with Class 6 commercial truck capabilities. The new model will be available in mid-2020.
Ford’s premise with the F-600 is to offer a commercial truck that closes the gap between payload and truck size. The new model is the same size as the current medium-duty F-550, but smaller than the F-650. It gains an upgraded driveline and chassis components along with higher-weight-rated tires and wheels to meet the elevated GVWR.
All F-600 models come with a choice of three engines, including Ford’s all-new 7.3-liter gas V8, a 6.2-liter gas V8, or a 6.7-liter turbo-diesel V8. Each engine works with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Buyers will find both two- and four-wheel drive models.
Additional Ford Updates
The Super Duty F-600 isn’t the only news from Ford covering its passenger and commercial vehicles. The Ford E-Series continues, a model which traces its history to the early 1960s. The big van is still available, but only in cutaway and stripped chassis models as the Transit has replaced it in other applications.
For 2021, the E-Series receives an updated interior, including a refreshed instrument panel, Bluetooth compatibility, and USB ports. Ford will also make available a pair of engine calibrations for its new 7.3-liter V8 engine, enabling customers to select the best horsepower and torque application for their needs.
Refreshed Transit Van
As for the Transit, it receives an important refresh for 2020. Two new engines join the product line, including a 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel with available all-wheel drive. The other choice is a new 3.5-liter V6 engine with port fuel and direct injection. Both engines work with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Other Transit changes include now standard pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, post-collision braking, lane-keeping assist, and automatic high beams. A blind-spot information system with trailer coverage and cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, a front and rear split-view camera and adjustable speed limiting device are among the available features.
An Enhanced Strip Chassis
Other changes coming include an update to Ford’s stripped chassis. The F-53 chassis underpins motor homes and other types of vehicles and will soon feature improved steering, an unto the center of gravity capability on higher GVWR models and improved driving experience. The F-53 and F-59 (commonly used for walk-in vans) will also get a new steering column, instrument cluster, and electrical architecture.
Ford’s additional Super Duty model and update to three other vehicles strengthen its market position. Both GM and Fiat Chrysler also have new medium-duty trucks coming online, therefore the Blue Oval is getting it done to stay out front.
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