Ford has again raised the bar with the F-Series lineup for 2013, setting the standard among heavy-duty truck in terms of towing, hauling and braking capabilities.
Ford engineers have raised conventional towing capacity to a best-in-class 18,500 pounds (500 more than the 2012 Chevrolet Silverado HD) and payload capability to a class-leading 7,260 pounds.
“Super Duty pickups and chassis cabs are the segment benchmarks, chosen by tradesmen more than any other heavy-duty truck to get the job done”, said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “To help our customers continue to become more productive and efficient, we’ve increased our towing and payload capability yet again.”
The greatly enhanced braking has allowed a 700-pound increase in the maximum Gross Vehicle Weight Rating to a best-in-class 14,000 pounds. Furthermore, the brake pads and a retuned booster deliver an enhanced feel to the brake pedal, that translates into greater driver security and confidence.
“We’ve really improved brake feel”, said Michael Watkins, brake system engineer. “There’s refined modulation in the pedal – you really feel the stopping power. With a full load of cargo, drivers will notice strong, confidence-inspiring brakes.”
For the 2013 model year, the Ford F-Series Super Duty pickup also gets a new Platinum series model and the availability of the SYNC with MyFord Touch system.
According to Ford’s press release, “the Platinum series makes a bold statement with a grille that features a satin chrome surround highlighted by perforated mesh inside, plus other special exterior upgrades. The interior showcases luxury in the form of premium wood grain appliqués, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, and other high-end luxury touches.”
“A new 8-inch, high-resolution touch screen display gives drivers easy access to phone, climate control, entertainment and navigation features, along with a dramatically expanded voice control vocabulary. The 8-inch display screen also provides a large, clear view behind the truck when in reverse to help drivers maneuver in tight spaces or line up conventional trailers with the truck’s hitch. Unique to Ford F-Series, the physical interface for MyFord Touch has been optimized to accommodate truck users who may be wearing work gloves by providing easy access to climate controls and audio presets on the center stack.”
U.S. best selling truck record
The Ford F-Series has been the best-selling truck in the United States for 35 straight years. With a long record of the best-in-class towing and payload capability, the Ford F-Series benefits from high customer loyalty. With the new class-leading fuel economy 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel and 6.2-liter V8 gasoline engines, the new Ford F-Series is expected to enjoy great success for years to come.