Ford is adding new engines, greater connectivity and smart driver-assist technology across its commercial vehicle lineup.
"The updates were announcing today were driven by our customers' focus on improving safety, reducing cost and increasing uptime and productivity," says Mark Buzzell, Ford director of fleet, lease and remarketing operations. "Giving our customers the freshest lineup plus driver-assist technologies and connectivity is a great example of Ford delivering smart vehicles for a smart world."
In terms of connectivity, all Ford commercial vehicles are updated with standard modems with 4G LTE Wi-Fi for up to ten devices. Ford Telematics and Ford Data Services are also available across the lineup. The customer has the power of choice to use Ford OEM telematics software, integrating the telematic data with the company's existing telematics providers or taking vehicle data directly into their own IT systems.
Smart driver assist technologies include automatic emergency braking available across the lineup, Ford Co-pilot 360 technologies are also available. For the F-650 and F-750, traction control, hill start assist and auto headlamps are standard. Optional elements include adaptive cruise control, electronic stability control, lane departure warning, Driver Alert System and auto high-beam headlamps. Super -Duty chassis cab adds standard auto high-beam headlamps and available lane departure warning.
The engine options include a new 7.3-liter V8 gasoline engine that generates more torque and power than the 6.8-liter V10 engine it replaces. It uses a new cam-in-block, overhead valve architecture with cast iron block and forged steel crankshaft for durability. Port injection with variable valve timing optimizes the intake and exhaust to match performance with workload. Oil jets cool the pistons under heavy loads.
A third generation Power Stroke Diesel is also available, while Super Duty chassis customers can also choose the 6.2-liter gas V8.