The redesign of Ford’s F-650 and F-750 trucks in 2016 was successful. With a spike in sales since the redesign, numbers don’t lie, and more customers are moving from other brands to Ford F-650 and F-750, says Kevin Koester, Ford medium-duty truck and Super Duty fleet marketing manager.
Despite the success, Ford pushes even further. The 2018 model features advances based on customer feedback, Koester adds, ensuring a consumer-tested work truck that’s ready for any job.
Standard on all 2018 F-650 and F-750 models is electronic stability control and traction control brakes, with the option on certain F-750 diesel air-braked straight trucks with high center-of-gravity-body upfits. A high-output 240-amp alternator is now available with the 6.8-L V10 gasoline powertrain for tow trucks, road service vehicles, and other well-lit work trucks with high electrical demands. This higher output alternator can eliminate the need to specify a second alternator or generator to power auxiliary lights and equipment.
Diesel truck operators can now control when the engine goes into regeneration to clean the diesel particulate filter with an optional automatic regeneration inhibitor on 2018 Ford diesel trucks.
SMALL TWEAKS, BIG IMPACT
Work trucks are susceptible to wear, and even collision, on worksites. To limit damage to the hood, an available bumper extension moves the full-width front bumper three inches in front of the grille, providing additional protection to the grille and the precious parts behind it in the event of collision. Say “Hello!” to lower repair costs.
Thanks to relocated dipsticks accessible from ground level, it’s easier to check the oil and transmission fluid levels on 2018 F-650 and F-750 diesel trucks. The transmission fluid dipstick is also moved for better access on the gasoline models.
FORD TRUCK EXCLUSIVE
Ford designs and builds its own medium-duty engine and transmission combination for a powertrain that works seamlessly with all chassis components and vehicle calibrations, ensuring streamlined service for customers.
Ford’s segment-exclusive 6.8-L V10 gasoline engine provides 320 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque for less than the cost of a diesel engine. It can be factory-prepped for conversion to compressed natural gas or liquid propane.
The 6.7-L Power Stroke® V8 turbo diesel engine delivers best-in-class standard 270 hp and 675 lb-ft of torque, as well as available engine outputs of 300 hp with 700 lb-ft of torque and 330 hp with 725 lb-ft of torque. The diesel engine is backed by a standard five-year/250,000-mile limited warranty. For additional braking assistance, an exhaust brake comes standard with every diesel engine.
Each engine comes with the Ford-built TorqShift heavy-duty 6-speed automatic transmission.
The transmission’s SelectShift® feature has two driver-initiated modes: progressive range select and full manual mode. Range select limits the range of gears to lock out overdrive for consistent speed over hills, and full manual mode provides control up and down the gearbox. Selectable tow/haul mode compensates for grade and load to reduce gear hunting and improve power delivery. Engine braking and selective gearing improve control on downhill grades and help minimize brake wear.
The F-650 and F-750, like all Ford trucks, are supported by Ford’s Commercial Vehicle Center program. Program dealers nationwide commit to providing fleet and commercial customers the vehicles, financing options, and service support needed to maximize productivity and uptime.
With advances in technology and design based on customer feedback, the Ford F-650 and F-750 are sure to be durable, practical, and please fleet owners in all areas of work.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Find out more about the Ford F-650 and F-750, visit www.ford.com.
MODERN WORKTRUCK SOLUTIONS: FEBRUARY 2018 ISSUE
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