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Feb

Driver help, security options coming to 2020 Ford Tremendous Responsibility chassis cabs

Productiveness and security go hand-in-hand. It’s one thing Ford has stored in thoughts whereas stepping up its driver help choices for its 2020 Tremendous Responsibility chassis cab lineup.

F-350, F-450 and F-550 chassis cabs for mannequin 12 months 2020 can now be optioned with audible lane departure warning and pre-collision help with automated emergency braking and ahead collision warning. An aux digital camera enter can be out there for larger visibility whereas driving in reverse.

For added security, automated excessive beams come customary whereas fog lamps at the moment are optionally available on XL and XLT trims and customary on Lariat. Different driver help options for 2020 embrace FordPass Join 4G Wi-Fi modem together with Sync, which is customary on XL trim, and Sync 3 which comes customary on XLT and Lariat.

Sync connectivity bypasses the necessity for getting navigation companies.

“Now that cell telephones and smartphones are so common, Sync 3 comes customary with Apple Automotive Play and Android Auto,” Ford Tremendous Responsibility car integration engineer Robbie Calkins defined.

“You’ll be able to obtain Waze (a free driving instructions app for Android and iOS). It means that you can be suitable with these varieties of apps. There’s no funding wanted for navigation. It’s based mostly on the familiarity of the app utilized by the driving force on their smartphone. It’s the know-how used day by day for private driving. You simply carry it over to your truck. It’s easy plug and play.”

However as we’ve talked about earlier than, the most important modifications come beneath the hood the place Ford has changed the 6.Eight-liter V10 gasser with a stronger and lighter 7.3-liter V8 that’s mated to a extra fuel-conscious 10-speed TorqShift transmission. Each are new for mannequin 12 months 2020.

“This new engine mated with the 10-speed is a improbable drive,” stated Mike Pruitt, Tremendous Responsibility chief engineer. “It actually helps discover the correct gear and ship the torque and energy that you just want everytime you’re doing work.”

Selectable drive modes within the new 10-speed embrace regular, tow/haul, eco and deep sand/snow. A PTO provision with best-in-class 300 lb.-ft. torque is included with the 6.7-liter Powerstroke. These eager for the prior TorqShift-G 6-speed automated with Selectshift can nonetheless get it on the 2020 F-350 chassis cab and 2020 F-250 and F-350 pickups.

The 6.2-liter gasoline V8 is now solely out there on the 2020 F-350 chassis cab and F-250 and F-350 Tremendous Responsibility vans. Stepping as much as the 7.3 on the F-350 chassis cab prices roughly $1,000 whereas the value is sort of double that for F-250 and F-350 pickups.

A 2020 Ford F-450 dump truck powered by the brand new 7.3L and loaded with roughly two tons of filth simply dealt with the load at a latest media occasion hosted by Ford close to Phoenix, Ariz. The truck rapidly and confidently powered up a hill simply moments after performing some doughnuts within the filth. (Sure, Ford’s demo included some filth churning enjoyable.)

The doughnuts and temporary hill climb got here simply for the 7.3 which is lighter and stronger than the outgoing V10. The match and trim 7.3-liter swaggers in at 587.4 kilos whereas delivering a dyno licensed best-in-class 350 horsepower and best-in-class 468 lb.-ft. of torque. That’s 45 extra horses and 112 extra lb.-ft. than the retired V10 which weighs a hefty 617 kilos.

Given its pushrod design, the one cam 7.3 additionally has fewer elements than the 6.Eight which options 4 overhead cams and 32 valves versus 16 on the 7.3. A variable displacement oil pump steps up lubrication when and the place its wanted most together with piston cooling oil jets. The elevated lubricity reduces wear-and-tear together with parasitic losses which results in improved gasoline economic system.

Up to now the perfect gasoline mileage I’ve seen with the 7.3 throughout my two-week stint with a 2020 F-250 Lariat is 18.3 MPG freeway. That was executed on 90 octane non-ethanol gasoline which Ford stated is okay to make use of. You’ll be able to truly run 93 octane which I simply added final evening. We’ll see the way it goes.

In case you want extra energy (or simply need it), ask for the brand new third technology 6.7-liter Powerstroke diesel which delivers a best-in-class 475 horsepower and best-in-class 1,050 lb.-ft. torque. Acceleration on this engine when paired up with the brand new 10-speed TorqShift is nothing in need of wonderful. Whereas the 7.3 is quick, the brand new third gen Powerstroke is quicker and stronger—however then once more, it’s obtained 45 extra horsepower and 575 lb.-ft. extra torque. It’s blast to drive. Actually. However, because the saying goes, with extra energy comes extra duty and, on this case, a roughly $10,250 upcharge in chassis cab vans and $10,495 in Tremendous Responsibility pickups.

“One of many key benefits of the 7.3 is that it’s straightforward to work on,” Calkins stated. “In case you have been to pop the hood you would see that it’s a lot simpler than the 6.7. You’ve obtained good visibility. All the pieces’s relatively uncovered. When it comes to engaged on a V8 engine, that format goes to be very accustomed to your technicians and the way they labored on earlier fleets. It’s not an enormous bounce in structure from the 6.2-liter.”

Different modifications for 2020 Ford chassis cabs embrace a brand new grille, new headlamps and new entrance bumper with a unique airflow bumperette.

Deleted exterior colours for 2020 are ingot silver, magma pink, ruby pink metallic tinted clearcoat and white platinum metallic tri-coat. New colours are iconic silver (proven on the dump truck above), fast pink metallic tinted clearcoat, star white metallic tri-coat and velocity blue.