Ford has released details of its 2015 F-Series Super Duty line, which is said to reinforce the brand's leadership in the heavy-duty pickup truck market.
Heading the list of new features and specifications are engine and chassis upgrades that combine to provide best-in-class horsepower, torque and towing capacity (based on currently available competitors' information).
The second-generation 6.7-litre Ford Power StrokeV-8 turbo diesel engine used in all Super Duty models from F-250 to F-450now boasts 440 horsepower, up from 400 horsepower, and 860 lb-ft of torque, up from 800 lb-ft.
The 2015 F-450 tops the F-Series Super Duty pickup truck lineup with maximum towing capacity increased to a class-leading 14,180 kg (31,200 lb), an increase of 2,955 kg (6,500 lb).
The truck’s gross combined weight rating increases to a class-leading 18,180 kg (40,000 lb), a gain of 3,180 kg (7,000 lb).
F-350 increases maximum towing capacity as well, to 12,045 kg (26,500lb), from 10, 545 kg (23,200 lb), and the gross combined weight rating goes up 2273 kg (5,000 lb) to 15,910 kg (35,000 lb).
The improved ratings are a result of designing and engineering the truck as an integrated system, the company says. The approach enabled Ford engineers to optimize performance across the full Super Duty lineup.
"Our chassis people work in unison with our powertrain people to develop more than a great truck, it’s a machine engineered for work," said Doug Scott, Ford Truck group marketing manager.
"We’re the only manufacturer that develops and builds our own powertrains in this class and when you combine that with a chassis that’s purpose-built for best-in-class power and torque, you can feel the result in the way it drives, especially when towing big loads."