All great fleet managers know the key to an efficient fleet is to choose a truck that fits the task.
This means choosing a truck with the right size, powertrain, and space to fit task-specific tools. Sometimes, this ideal vehicle does not fit within the standard market offerings.
With these needs in mind, Ford introduced the F-600 Super Duty, which sits in between its F-550 and F-650 in the automaker’s truck lineup.
This makes the F-600 a good fit for fleets that are often left to compromise between a Class 5 truck with insufficient payload or a Class 6 truck that takes up too much space.
“F-600 is ideal for utility, towing, construction, and oil/gas service fleets — those vocations that really work their trucks hard,” said Kevin Koester medium duty truck and Super Duty fleet marketing manager for Ford.
Check out a walkaround of the new truck below:
Familiar Look, With Upgrades
The F-600 was designed with commercial fleets in mind.
“It incorporates feedback from our fleet advisory boards and other customers in the field to deliver a truck that is uniquely positioned in the marketplace,” Koester noted.
The chassis cab features a maximum GVWR of 22,000 pounds, a traditionally Class 6 offering, in a familiar Class 5 Super Duty package.
“Of course, the feature we expect fleets to find most appealing is F-600’s maximum GVWR of 22,000 pounds on a truck no bigger than an F-550. This means fleets don’t have to choose between being overloaded or leaving equipment behind,” Koester explained. “Fleets will also be able to order F-600 with a choice of 4x2 or 4x4 drivetrains direct from the factory — an option that will save them time and money.”
The F-600 features higher-weight-rated 19.5-inch tires and wheels that contribute to the truck’s higher GVWR. Additional driveline and chassis component upgrades round out the new truck. Ford noted additional specs are still to be announced.
Available in Gasoline or Diesel
The F-600 chassis cab will be available with the third-generation 6.7L Power Stroke diesel engine or Ford’s all-new 7.3L V-8 gasoline engine that debuted earlier this year.
The new engine offers more torque and power than the 6.8L V-10 engine it replaces in the Super Duty lineup and, with two fewer cylinders, is also easier to maintain.
The 7.3L engine uses an all-new cam-in-block, overhead-valve architecture with cast iron block and forged steel crankshaft for maximum durability. Port injection with variable-valve timing optimizes the intake and exhaust to match performance and workload, and oil jets cool the pistons under heavy loads.
Both engines are paired with the all-new 10-speed Torqshift automatic transmission with available live-drive power take-off (PTO) with up to 300 lb.-ft. of torque.
Orders for the F-600 will open in early 2020 and deliveries will begin in the middle of 2020.