Ford is gracing its largest Super Duty models, the F-650 and F-750, with a few small but meaningful updates for 2018 after receiving some constructive customer feedback. Both were completely redesigned for 2016, and last year enjoyed their best sales since 1997 – the same year that the Super Duty line was first born.
For 2018, Ford is offering its higher-output, 240-amp alternator with F-650 and F-750 Super Duty models equipped with the optional 6.8-liter gasoline V10. Depending on the customer’s energy requirements, that might just be enough to mitigate the need for a second alternator or onboard generator.
In addition, electronic stability control and traction control brakes will now be standard equipment on all F-650 and F-750 tractor models; they will be optional on air-braked diesel F-750 straight-frame trucks upfitted with high-center-of-gravity bodies. Also new to diesel Class 6 & 7 Ford Super Duty models is an easier-to-access oil dipstick that can be checked from ground level, plus a soot trap regeneration inhibitor that allows operators to delay the incineration of trapped diesel soot until they are in an acceptable location.
And finally, thinking ahead with regard to potential damage and repair costs, Ford will offer a new 3-inch front bumper extension as optional equipment on F-650 and F-750 Super Duty trucks, which provides a bit of extra cushion against low-impact damages to the front of the vehicle. By default, the front bumper is flush with the grille, meaning that any frontal impact could easily generate a pretty hefty repair bill.
The continued success of Ford’s flourishing F-650 and F-750 Super Duty models rests on the automaker’s ability to adapt the trucks to work demands, and these small updates for 2018 help to meet that requirement.
“The success of our new truck design is apparent from our growing sales and the fact it was named “Medium-Duty Truck of the Year” by Work Truck magazine in 2016 and 2017,” says Ford Medium-Duty Truck and Super Duty Fleet Marketing Manager Kevin Koester. “For 2018, we’re enhancing this successful platform based on customer feedback.”