Ford says the Super Duty represents something like 50 percent of today's heavy-duty truck market, so this is a very big deal. The 2023 Ford Super Duty is a workhorse refined, a truck for workers, families, and recreational types, headlined by two new engines and many other off-road and tech features.
We'll start with the engines. As rumored, the base V-8 is now a 6.8-liter pushrod based on the 7.3-liter "Godzilla" engine that arrived to much acclaim a few years ago. A replacement for the current 6.2-liter V-8, the 6.8 is essentially a de-bored, de-stroked version of the 7.3. While Ford isn't revealing power and torque figures yet, it says the 6.8 will offer more low-end torque than the 6.2, while bettering the fuel economy of the 7.3. Also new is a "high-output" version of the 6.7-liter PowerStroke diesel V-8, fit with a larger turbocharger. All engines are paired with Ford's 10-speed automatic, unlike the outgoing Super Duty, which used a 6-speed in some trims.
There are now two off-road packages as well. The XL off-road package available on F-250 and F-350 4x4 gets you 33-inch tires, a raised air dam, skid plates, a locking rear differential, and water-fording vent tubes for the axles. Step up to the Tremor, and you get a lift, 35-inch tires, a front limited-slip diff, off-road drive modes, plus Ford's Trail Turn assist. Useful for a monster pickup.
Many of the improvements brought to the new F-150 are found here, too, including a fully digital gauge cluster, and a big central infotainment system running Ford's Sync4 system. Sit inside, and the Super Duty really feels like an F-150, but bigger. Optional is Ford's ProPower Onboard generator system, which offers 2.0 kilowatts of power.
There's all sorts of trailering features, too, including an optional surround-view camera system that encompasses the truck and trailer. Also new is trailer navigation, which incorporates information like bridge height into the navigation system.
Naturally, the Super Duty will be offered in all sorts of different trim levels, from basic XL work trucks all the way up to the fully loaded limited. It will be built at Ford's Louisville, Kentucky plant, where the company just announced it's making a $700 million investment and adding new 500 new jobs.
Pricing and engine specs will be announced closer to the on-sale date early next year.
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