Medium-duty work trucks might not be the most exciting vehicles, but they perform necessary jobs everyday. Ford is in the process of a complete refresh of its entire commercial vehicle lineup over the next 18 months, and it is debuting the all-new versions of its F-650 and F-750 trucks at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, IN.
"The all-new F-650/F-750 allow us to leverage our strengths and sales leadership in Classes 1 to 5 to create a better F-650/F-750 that's designed, engineered and built by Ford in the USA," said Ford spokesperson Mike Levine to Autoblog via email.
Huge amounts of torque is vital for trucks like these, and both models are offered with some of Fords biggest engines. Buyers can opt for either the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel with TorqShift 6-speed automatic with available power takeoff or a gasoline-fueled 6.8-liter V10 with a 6-speed automatic. The V10 can also be ordered from the factory to be fueled by compressed natural gas or liquid propane gas.
The exterior gets a complete redesign with a look more reminiscent of Ford's current truck offerings. The front end features a new, mesh grille , more angular fenders and aerodynamic headlights. The revised interior gets a 110-volt outlet and multifunction steering wheel, plus tech options like Ford Sync and Crew Chief fleet management system.
Of course, these trucks have been made to work, not to look good. Ford collaborated with body makers to create a chassis that needed little or no modification to make customizing easier for work bodies like tow trucks or dump trucks. Production of the F-650 and F-750 will begin in Avon Lake, OH, in the spring of 2015 as 2016-model-year vehicles. Scroll down for the full press release.Permalink | Email this | Comments