Ford, America’s truck leader, introduces the 2015 F-Series Super Duty lineups today at the State Fair of Texas. As is tradition at Texas’ largest fair not only do attendees get to eat fried foods and check out Big Tex, but it’s one of the country’s most popular auto shows as truck brands and manufacturers show off their latest lineups and concepts. Ford Motor Company especially wants to show off their Super Duty lineups in their popular F Series. Ford’s biggest rival comes in the form of both GM and Dodge. The newly redesigned Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups came out this summer and they will be showing off the the redesigned Silverado 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty pickups. To rival Ford’s King Ranch, GM will have a “High Country” high-end edition. Dodge Ram standard-duty trucks are also redone for 2013 with a new diesel version and heavy duty versions. So what is Ford showcasing at the State Fair of Texas.
The Ford F- Series Super Duty Highlights
- Engineering improvements boost the performance, capability and durability of the Ford-designed and Ford-built 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 turbo diesel engine
- Upgraded 2015 Ford F-450 pickup offers more towing capability than ever
- The 2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty King Ranch restyled, combining authentic Texas heritage with modern luxury
Ford is the only heavy-duty pickup truck manufacturer that designs and builds its own diesel engine and transmission combination, ensuring the powertrain will work seamlessly with all chassis components and vehicle calibrations – from concept to execution. This approach also enables Ford engineers to optimize the vehicle’s performance across the entire lineup. They’ve replaced the GT32 turbocharger with a larger GT37 that produces more power beyong today’s 400 horsepower and 800 lb. ft of torque.
A further benefit of the larger turbo is improved engine exhaust braking, manually controlled by a push-button switch on the dashboard. Extra braking power helps reduce wear and tear on wheel brakes and requires less manual brake application from the driver, especially on downhill grades. This should be especially useful when carrying loads.
Upgrades for the 2015 Ford F-450
There’s a lot of difference betwee the F-250 and the F-450 and more than just 200. The 2015 Ford F-450 tops the F-Series Super Duty pickup truck lineup to give super duty users the maximum towing and hauling capability. Changes for 2015 include a strengthened frame, suspension, new commercial-grade 19.5-inch wheels and tires, and core work components shared with F-Series Super Duty chassis cab models.
More towing capability required improved capabilities of the truck’s handling and engine. The key upgrades include:
- Upgraded rear driveline U-joints
- Upgraded suspension components, including new rear leaf springs, front and rear stabilizer bars and shocks
- Increased fifth-wheel and gooseneck trailer capacity
- Stronger steering gears and steering linkages
- Larger brakes shared with Super Duty chassis cab models, including wheel brakes, parking brake and new antilock brake calibration
- F-450-specific Power Stroke diesel engine calibration
The King Ranch exemplifies Texas inspired luxury and Ford capability
So what do you get when you send a bunch of Ford designers to an 825,000 square foot working ranch in the middle of Texas? American ranching was born in the wide open spaces that Texas exemplifies.
“King Ranch is an American original with a proud heritage of hard work that defines the American ranching lifestyle,” said Doug Scott, Ford Truck group marketing manager. “The 2015 Ford Super Duty King Ranch seamlessly combines elements of Texas-inspired luxury and Ford capability.”
On the new Super Duty King Ranch, the Running W – the brand used on cattle raised at the ranch – provides a focal point for the interior. It is cut out and stitched to make the seat backs and center console appear to have been branded. A lighter, richer shade of Mesa leather trims the seats, center console lid, armrests and steering wheel. It reminds me of Big Tex’s Lucchese boots which overall represents find leather quality.
On the King Ranch you will see new, darker Caribou paint for the wheel lip moldings, bumpers and lower body. Black for the bed rail caps, bumper cars and running boards. Also the Running W brings focus to the wheel caps.
Ford Atlas Concept: You won’t be able to buy this concept but you’ll wish you could
As with most auto manufacturers, their design teams are typically years advanced on technology. Let’s say you could take your current truck and make it almost futuristic like The Jetsons- would you want it? Yes you would. Ford has really made a beautiful creature when it created this truck. It’s too bad that most State Fair attendees will not see this truck in all of it’s glory because when it’s running is when you can see the LED’s and the automated power features. Check out this YouTube video on the Ford Atlas Concept. Everything developed in this truck makes the price tag of this bad boy around $1.5 million dollars. Let’s look at economies of scale, this truck may never make it into consumer’s hands, but the technologies associated with it will trickle down to consumers in a few years. Take for instance a few of the following:
- Smart technologies to transform customer expectations of what Built Ford Tough® will look like in the future
- Next-generation EcoBoost® – coupled with advanced engineering and design innovations – creates leading fuel efficiency and increased capability (Fuel economy is top of mind for all auto manufacturers)
- Tailgate step turns into cargo cradle to carry long items
- Integrated roof carrier
- Hidden Cargo Ramps
- 360-degree camera helps steer truck in tight spots
- The truck is capable of being it’s own WiFi hotspot with USB modem or compatible smartphone
- Dynamic hitch assist to hitch a trailer without a spotter
- Power Running Boards that help people get into the truck but tuck up under the truck when the truck is running to improve aerodynamics.
Most people will probably want to marry this truck.
The State Fair of Texas runs September 27 – October 20. Visit bigtex.com for more information about this year’s State Fair of Texas.