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Ford introduces new F-600 Super Duty, updates commercial vehicle lineup

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Ford has introduced the new F-600 Super Duty chassis cab, a Class 6 truck with a maximum GVWR of 22,000 lbs. According to Ford, the new truck was designed to provide a midpoint between its F-550 and F-650 offerings.

Although the overall vehicle is the same size as an F-550, the F-600 uses upgraded driveline and chassis components, as well as higher-weight-rated 19.5-in. tires and wheels to help it achieve a higher GVWR, Ford said. Customers have the choice of gasoline or diesel powertrains and 4×2 or 4×4 drivetrains. The F-600 can be ordered in early 2020 and will be available in mid-2020.

“The new Super Duty answers the call from customers,” said Mike Pruitt, the Super Duty chief engineer, “from highway repair to commercial construction. It’s right sized, with the right power and the right technology to tackle America’s toughest jobs.”

Updated commercial vehicles

Ford also announced updates to many of its other commercial vehicle offerings including Transit, Super Duty chassis cab, F-650 and F-750 trucks, E-Series and the F-53 and F-59 stripped chassis.

All Ford commercial vehicle product lines are updated with standard modems with 4G LTE Wi-Fi for up to 10 devices.

New Ford Telematics and Ford Data Services are available across the lineup as well. Ford Telematics and Data Services enable fleet managers to enhance uptime and asset utilization, optimize running costs, improve driver behavior, and protect their fleets, integrating with the company’s existing telematics service provider or taking vehicle data directly into their own IT systems.

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Automatic emergency braking is now standard on 2020 Transit and 2019 Transit Connect and available across the rest of Ford’s commercial vehicle lineup.

Several vehicle-specific enhancements were also announced, including:

  • For F-650 and F-750 medium duty trucks, plus E-Series and F53 and F-59 stripped chassis, traction control, hill start assist and auto headlamps are standard. Optional elements on these lines include adaptive cruise control, electronic stability control, lane departure warning, Driver Alert System and auto high-beam headlamps.
  • Super Duty chassis cab adds standard auto high-beam headlamps and available lane departure warning.
  • The Transit line adds standard forward collision warning, post-collision braking, LaneKeeping System and auto high-beam headlamps. New available driver-assist technology for Transit includes adaptive cruise control, Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage, enhanced active park assist, side sensing system, front and rear split-view camera and adjustable speed limiting device.
  • A 7.3-liter V8 engine will be available in the Super Duty chassis cab, F-650 and F-750, E-Series, and F-53 and F-59 stripped chassis.
  • On the 2020 Super Duty chassis cab, customers can choose from three engines: the 7.3-liter gas V8, a third-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel or a 6.2-liter gas V8. The 10- speed TorqShift automatic transmission is available across all engine offerings with available live-drive power takeoff provision with up to 300 lb.-ft. of torque.

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