In a year in which the big news - both literally and figuratively - was presumably focused on Toyota's launch of its new Tundra, Ford arguably trumps Toyota's thunder with its debut of an all-new Super Duty. Constituting both interior Chaparral leather and exterior PowerScope mirrors upgrades, the King Ranch enhances over-the-road comfort with material, workmanship and appointment upgrades, adding immeasurably to the Super Duty's attractiveness. Base powerplant is a 5. Those intending to tow with their Super Duty trucks will appreciate Ford's factory-installed TowCommand System. Add a five-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty for peace of mind and you've got a segment-leading package. To be sure, both Extended and Crew Cabs accommodate passengers quite comfortably, but if you're not regularly hooking up to a 10,000-pound trailer or loading an eight-foot bed with more than a couple of two-by-fours, you've overbought what Ford has overbuilt.
A walk-around with Ford's head of truck design, Pat Schiavone, begins with the grille. Lariat and King Ranch owners will enjoy dual-zone climate control. And while 48-month residuals of Ford and Chevrolet 49 percent and 47 percent, respectively are similar, Dodge is pegged at only 42 percent, reflecting that it's nearing the end of this particular product cycle. Vehicle Details With the debut of the current F-Series, Ford established a benchmark for pickup interiors. In back Ford includes a hitch receiver - matched to each model's capabilities - on every Super Duty, along with seven-pin and four-pin connectors.
From its enlarged grille to the tailgate, everything on the new Super Duty has been redesigned or aggressively tweaked. When compared to the previous Super Duty, the grille and hood blister provide the main visual differentiation. The expansive grille is for more than simply show - it fronts a confluence of cooling capability for engine, transmission and the intercooler that serves the diesel's two sequential turbochargers. In the new Super Duty the benchmark is moved upward in available choices, functionality and appointment. Power Stroke Diesel With its 6. We'll start at the front, where Ford has located a front step bumper - under-the-hood checks are made easier when the step-stool is built-in and not something you need to carry with you. All trims benefit from new materials, surfaces and accents.
Functional enhancements include a foldable bed extender, which improves load utility when in place and stays out of the way when not needed. Finally, there's the aforementioned 6. Beyond the imposing edifice are new fender-mounted vents, available telescoping mirrors and optional 20-inch forged aluminum wheels. As noted, the Super Duty order form provides a wealth of choices for virtually any commercial or recreational use. And while the custom-spec car may have died a long time ago, the variety of permutations available from Ford's Louisville truck plant gives the Super Duty customer a chance at real customization, seemingly with more content variables than the U. Given the importance of towing capability to the Super Duty mission, the receiver is a standard feature any owner can appreciate. Accessing the bed is made easier - and safer - by the why-didn't-they-think-of-this-before tailgate step option.
Constituting some 40 percent of Ford's F-Series sales, the Super Duty is intended to secure the most profitable segment of the pickup market. Ford offers three engine choices for work, play or any combination of the two. . Better cooling means, of course, bigger towing. And for those venturing off into the Great Unknown, an optional navigation system should get you there and - hopefully - back again. The pricing of an early-release 2008 Ford Super Duty is fully competitive with what Chevrolet and Dodge are marketing for the 2007 model year.
But now Ford has created a diesel offering more power 350 horsepower and torque 650 pound-feet , along with a cleaner burn, quieter operation and better throttle response via dual sequential turbos. For those seeking more from the gasoline side of the Ford family, the 6. Whether you're into commercial construction, agriculture or recreational towing, if you use a truck as a truck you'll benefit from the Super Duty's enhanced capability, refinement and convenience. And, unlike some luxury pickups, there's no intention of appealing - overtly - to the Country Club set; this remains a work truck and not a work-in-progress. . . .
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