Ford’s Hugenormous Commercial Truck Lineup Get Updated Stuffs
F-600, Here We Come!
- Ford celebrates 35 years of commercial trucks
- 2021 Ford F-600 Super Duty chassis cab is available for order
- Gaseous-fuel prep package for current model year (2020) stripped chassis 7.3L
- Integrated air compressor for 2022 Ford F-650 and F-750 7.3L
- Available flex fuel capability for 2022 Ford E-Series 7.3L
Ford has a pretty robust commercial-truck lineup, and although many people will never really experience any of these work horses on a jobsite, their brawniness and sheer awesomeness has attracted an impressive fan following over the years. Ford is celebrating 35 years in the commercial-vehicle business at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, Indiana—the perfect setting for news pertaining to all things work truck—where it announced the addition of several cool customer-driven options to various assets in its commercial lineup.
The 2021 Ford F-600 Super Duty chassis cab, announced at last year's Work Truck Show is now available for order and will begin deliveries in summer 2020. This "tweener" could be a game-changer, offering some of the features of larger Class 6 Medium Duty Ford trucks (like gross vehicle-weight rating, 19.5-inch wheels, and uprated driveline and chassis components) while looking and feeling more like its Class 4 traditional Super Duty cousin.
Next, a gaseous-fuel prep package (with upgraded valvetrain components) allowing for the conversion to run the vehicle on CNG or propane will be offered for current model year Super Duty F-450, F-550, and F-600 chassis cab; Medium Duty; E-Series; and F-53 and F-59 stripped chassis commercial-truck vehicles equipped with the 7.3L V-8 gasoline engine.
Here's a fun one for capability and cost savings: 2022 Ford F-650 and F-750 Medium Duty trucks with the 7.3L gasoline engine will have an optional integrated air compressor that can be used to power air brakes, air suspension, air horns, air-ride seats, and other accessories necessitating, well, air. This is a big deal because currently air brakes are found on diesel-powered trucks. Gas trucks are generally less expensive to procure, own, and operate than diesel rigs, so adding the confidence of air brakes is a double win for the gasoline Medium Duty. Production of the 2022 Ford F-650 and F-750 commercial truck begins in January 2021 at the Ohio Assembly Plant.
Lastly, 7.3L V-8 gasoline 2022 Ford E-Series cutaways and stripped chassis vans will have available flex-fuel capability, allowing Ford's iconic Econoline to run on gasoline or blends of up to 85 percent ethanol (E85). Also new for the E-Series cutaway will be a scalloped engine access cover that allows for more legroom, because we all know how much that dang hump cramps our style behind the wheel of Ford vans. Eighty-eight continuous years of production means the E-Series is definitely doing something right; production of the 2022 E-Series begins in January 2021 at the Ohio Assembly Plant.