Ford continues to strengthen their F-Series Super Duty pickups. For 2013 they have just announced an increase in the capabilities for towing, hauling and braking, for both their Powerstroke diesel equipped models as well as with the 6.2 liter gasoline V8.
“Super Duty pickups and chassis cabs are the segment benchmarks, chosen by tradesmen more than any other heavy-duty truck to get the job done,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “To help our customers continue to become more productive and efficient, we’ve increased our towing and payload capability yet again.”
Ford has raised conventional towing capacity to a class-leading 18,500 pounds, besting the nearest competitor by 500 pounds. Increased towing is augmented with improved payload capability to a class-leading 7,260 pounds.
Part of what makes this possible is an improved brake system that delivers increased capability and usability. Brake rotor swept area has been increased by 16.4 percent in front and 14.5 percent in the rear for maximum braking to help dissipate heat, especially on long downhill grades.
These changes support a 700-pound increase in the maximum Gross Vehicle Weight Rating to a best-in-class 14,000 pounds. Improved brake pads and a retuned booster enable enhanced pedal brake feel to increase driver confidence.
“We’ve really improved brake feel,” said Michael Watkins, brake system engineer. “There’s refined modulation in the pedal – you really feel the stopping power. With a full load of cargo, drivers will notice strong, confidence-inspiring brakes.”
A larger parking brake for F-250 and F-350 models also allowed an increase in maximum payload rating. Available adjustable pedals also enhance customer comfort by personalizing the interface between driver and brake system.
Other changes for 2013 include the introduction of the all-new Platinum series model and the availability of SYNC with MyFord Touch. The Platinum series makes a bold statement with a grille that features a satin chrome surround highlighted by perforated mesh inside, plus other special exterior upgrades. The interior showcases luxury in the form of premium wood grain appliqués, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, and other high-end luxury touches.
The 2013 F-Series Super Duty builds on the foundation of SYNC with MyFord Touch, which is available for the first time. A new 8-inch, high-resolution touch screen display gives drivers easy access to phone, climate control, entertainment and navigation features, along with a dramatically expanded voice control vocabulary.
The 8-inch display screen also provides a large, clear view behind the truck when in reverse to help drivers maneuver in tight spaces or line up conventional trailers with the truck’s hitch.
Unique to Ford F-Series, the physical interface for MyFord Touch has been optimized to accommodate truck users who may be wearing work gloves by providing easy access to climate controls and audio presets on the center stack.
The 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel continues to offer a class leading combination of power and efficiency with 400 horsepower and 800 lb-ft of torque. The in-house designed and engineered V8 turbo-diesel has been earning respect for both it’s performance and reliability.