Ford has updated its commercial truck lineup, with upgraded F-650 and F-750 trucks and an all-new F-600. While the upgrades may not seem visually apparent, there’s a lot going on underneath the skin that will make fleet customers more than just a little happy. Last year, the Ford F-650 and F-750 had their best sales in 20 years, and these upgrades should help continue this momentum.
First, the Dearborn-based automaker is introducing an all new F-600 to slot in between the existing F-550 and F-650. The F-350 to F-550 chassis cab lineup is based on the Super Duty, while the F-650 and up are on a larger platform. The F-600 offers payload capabilities close to the larger trucks, but in the smaller, class 5 Super Duty footprint. This gives an option to customers who need more capability, but don’t want the bigger truck. The F-600 is available for summer 2020 delivery.
Ford has also updated the larger F-650 and F-750. For the first time ever, Ford will offer an integrated air compressor for the 7.3 L V8 gas engine. This can power air brakes, air suspension, air horns, or air seats. Until now, air brakes were only available on the diesel models. Ford estimates that the gas engine can save close to $10,000 annually for customers with a lighter workloads, compared to the 6.7 L diesel engine. The new air compressor allows costumers that don’t need diesel to save money, and get air brakes.
Finally, Ford is offering a new gaseous fuel prep package for their for the 7.3 L V8. This upgrades engine components to easily run on alternative fuels. Now, F-350 through F-550 Ford chassis cab trucks can run on propane or CNG.
Ford hopes these upgrades will build on the momentum of strong sales in the past few years. F-650 and F-750 sales are up 37% year over year since 1997. 16,510 Ford commercial trucks were sold in 2019 alone. The automaker has been selling commercial trucks for 35 years.