The quintessential American car brand, Ford has a proud and unparalleled history -- and today, maybe the most promising future among homegrown automotive marques in the U. The pricing of an early-release 2008 Ford Super Duty is fully competitive with what Chevrolet and Dodge are marketing for the 2007 model year. Accessing the bed is made easier - and safer - by the why-didn't-they-think-of-this-before tailgate step option. All trims benefit from new materials, surfaces and accents. Better cooling means, of course, bigger towing. When compared to the previous Super Duty, the grille and hood blister provide the main visual differentiation. And while the custom-spec car may have died a long time ago, the variety of permutations available from Ford's Louisville truck plant gives the Super Duty customer a chance at real customization, seemingly with more content variables than the U.
Base powerplant is a 5. Lately, Ford's most popular vehicle by far has been its F-150 truck series, which has dominated the company's identity and helped offset a series of unremarkable Ford cars. Lariat and King Ranch owners will enjoy dual-zone climate control. The expansive grille is for more than simply show - it fronts a confluence of cooling capability for engine, transmission and the intercooler that serves the diesel's two sequential turbochargers. And, unlike some luxury pickups, there's no intention of appealing - overtly - to the Country Club set; this remains a work truck and not a work-in-progress.
Whether you're into commercial construction, agriculture or recreational towing, if you use a truck as a truck you'll benefit from the Super Duty's enhanced capability, refinement and convenience. For those seeking more from the gasoline side of the Ford family, the 6. Most recently, Ford has stood out among the old domestic Big Three in harnessing hybrid technology and, with Sync, regarding in-vehicle communications. A walk-around with Ford's head of truck design, Pat Schiavone, begins with the grille. Add a five-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty for peace of mind and you've got a segment-leading package.
Power Stroke Diesel With its 6. In back Ford includes a hitch receiver - matched to each model's capabilities - on every Super Duty, along with seven-pin and four-pin connectors. In a year in which the big news - both literally and figuratively - was presumably focused on Toyota's launch of its new Tundra, Ford arguably trumps Toyota's thunder with its debut of an all-new Super Duty. Constituting some 40 percent of Ford's F-Series sales, the Super Duty is intended to secure the most profitable segment of the pickup market. Beyond the imposing edifice are new fender-mounted vents, available telescoping mirrors and optional 20-inch forged aluminum wheels. Finally, there's the aforementioned 6.
From its enlarged grille to the tailgate, everything on the new Super Duty has been redesigned or aggressively tweaked. And for those venturing off into the Great Unknown, an optional navigation system should get you there and - hopefully - back again. Those intending to tow with their Super Duty trucks will appreciate Ford's factory-installed TowCommand System. Given the importance of towing capability to the Super Duty mission, the receiver is a standard feature any owner can appreciate. Vehicle Details With the debut of the current F-Series, Ford established a benchmark for pickup interiors. Its refusal of a federal bailout in 2009, in contrast with General Motors and Chrysler, has increasingly endeared Ford again to American consumers.
Functional enhancements include a foldable bed extender, which improves load utility when in place and stays out of the way when not needed. But now Ford has created a diesel offering more power 350 horsepower and torque 650 pound-feet , along with a cleaner burn, quieter operation and better throttle response via dual sequential turbos. . And while 48-month residuals of Ford and Chevrolet 49 percent and 47 percent, respectively are similar, Dodge is pegged at only 42 percent, reflecting that it's nearing the end of this particular product cycle. Constituting both interior Chaparral leather and exterior PowerScope mirrors upgrades, the King Ranch enhances over-the-road comfort with material, workmanship and appointment upgrades, adding immeasurably to the Super Duty's attractiveness. Ford offers three engine choices for work, play or any combination of the two. We'll start at the front, where Ford has located a front step bumper - under-the-hood checks are made easier when the step-stool is built-in and not something you need to carry with you.
In the new Super Duty the benchmark is moved upward in available choices, functionality and appointment. To be sure, both Extended and Crew Cabs accommodate passengers quite comfortably, but if you're not regularly hooking up to a 10,000-pound trailer or loading an eight-foot bed with more than a couple of two-by-fours, you've overbought what Ford has overbuilt. Ford struggled with import competition but then took the auto world by storm with the 1986 introduction of the jelly-bean-shaped Ford Taurus sedan, which became the best-selling vehicle in the land for more than a decade. Now, new models including Fusion and Flex have given Ford renewed leadership in design, quality and fuel economy. As noted, the Super Duty order form provides a wealth of choices for virtually any commercial or recreational use. .
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