The all-new Ford F-600 Super Duty chassis cab has arrived to do the job that other trucks can’t.
Ford is getting very serious about its commercial vehicle lineup. After getting into a partnership with Volkswagen to co-develop their next-gen commercial vans, Ford is unleashing an entire fleet refresh that not only includes redesigns for the Super Duty medium truck line, but also a brand new F-600 Super Duty chassis cab.
The F-600 is a medium-duty, Class 5 truck, but with the payload capacity of a Class 6 truck. As the name implies, it sits between the F-550 and F-650, but it’s the same size as the smaller F-550.
"With F-600, customers no longer have to choose between a truck that doesn’t have enough payload to carry all the tools they need to a job site and a truck that’s too big," writes Ford in their press release.
Upgraded driveline and chassis bits combine with tougher 19.5-inch wheels to give the F-600 the extra payload capacity, with a GVWR of 22,000 pounds.
Under the hood is your choice of three engines. The all-new and all-big 7.3-L V8 engine will be available, and although Ford hasn’t release power figures for their big new V8 quite yet, it’s sure to be more than the V10 engine that it replaces. Next is the 6.7-L Power Stroke diesel that we all know and love (and probably with the same 450 hp and 935 lb-ft of torque as current), as well as the standard 6.2-L gas-burning V8 with 385 hp and 430 lb-ft.
But it’s not the power that sets the new F-600 apart: it’s the technology. Standard on all new commercial Ford vehicles is a 4G LTE Wi-Fi modem with Ford Telematics and Ford Data Services. This added connectivity promises to improve the efficiency of commercial fleet owners and make sure everyone stays in the loop.
The F-600 also gets a bunch of available safety features, including forward collision and emergency braking, automatic high-beams, and lane departure warning.
The F-600 will be available in mid-2020 in 4x2 or 4x4 configurations. Ford’s 10-speed automatic is the only transmission on offer. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but Ford will get to it a little closer to the street date.