Ford expands its commercial stripped chassis offerings with the new F-59 Super Duty delivering a combination of generous payload capacity, low step-in and loading heights, and proven reliability and durability. The new chassis is being unveiled today at the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) trade show.

The 2011 F-59 Super Duty commercial stripped chassis is based on a ladder-type, single channel frame constructed from 36,000 pounds per square inch steel. This solid foundation is available in 158-, 178- and 208-inch wheelbase lengths, at respective 16,000, 19,500 and 22,000 pound Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings (GVWR).

The F-59 Super Duty commercial stripped chassis is powered by the 6.8-liter, three-valve per cylinder, Triton® V-10 gasoline powered engine, delivering 362 horsepower and 457 ft.-lbs. of torque. This engine features a single overhead camshaft and electronic fuel injection for responsive power and precise fuel metering for enhanced fuel economy. It also meets all applicable 2012 emissions standards.

Additionally, the F-59 frame is supported by a rugged suspension system, developed to F-Series Super Duty toughness standards, while providing both operator and cargo with a smooth ride. Developed from the successful F-53 motor home platform, the F-59 dramatically expands the Ford portfolio of stripped commercial chassis above 14,500 GVWR.

F-59 uses a TRW heavy-duty steering gear, large linkage and pitman arms and power assistance with a cooler. The 50-degree wheel cut and 17.5-inch steering wheel provide enhanced agility and maneuverability.

Front and rear four-wheel disc brakes with an Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) are standard across the F-59 range. Brakes are power-assisted while ABS features three-sensor, three-channel actuation in 16,000- and 19,500-pound GVWR configurations. The 22,000-pound GVWR offering has four-sensor, four-channel ABS. Both an internal "Park" pawl and a foot-actuated driveline drum brake keep the F-59 firmly in place, when parked.

While finalized pricing has not yet been announced, the scale and range of Ford Commercial Truck offerings ensure that F-59 will represent a significant value for buyers in this segment, according to the company.