As Ford Authority reported in March, the 2022 Ford Super Duty will receive a host of updates including an available 12-inch center touch screen similar to the one in the 2021 Ford F-150, a new Lariat Sport Appearance Package, and new interior and exterior colors, to name a few. Ford Authority also exclusively reported that the 2022 Super Duty will lose its underhood service light and that King Ranch and Platinum trims will come standard with four-wheel-drive. Now, Ford Authority has learned from sources familiar with the 2022 Super Duty launch that 2022 Ford F-250 buyers will be able to opt for the 3.55-geared electronic-locking rear axle without also having to pair it with a towing package.
Previously, opting for the electronic-locking rear axle with 3.55 gears (X3J) required either the F-250 High Capacity Trailer Tow Package (order code 535) or the F-250 High Capacity, F-250 Trailer Tow High Capacity with Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera System, and Pro Trailer Backup Assist Package (order code 53Q).
Now, the 3.55-geared locking rear axle is available on the 2022 Ford F-250 in conjunction with Ford’s 6.7L Power Stroke V8 without having to opt for either of those packages. Pairing this option with the diesel F-250 increases the truck’s gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) to 10,400 pounds.
However, this change only applies to F-250 models equipped with the diesel. The other engines in the F-250 Super Duty lineup have their own axle configurations, which will remain unchanged for the 2022 model year. It’s also worth noting that the 3.55-geared electronic-locking rear axle is included with the Tremor Off-Road Package (17Y).
As Ford Authority reported last month, 2022 Ford Super Duty production is currently scheduled to begin at the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant on July 9th, 2021, and at the Ford Ohio Assembly Plant on July 22th, 2021.
However, these dates may change as a result of the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage. 2021 Super Duty production has been severely impacted by the shortage, leading Ford to stash thousands of unfinished models near the Kentucky Truck Plant in recent weeks.