This article was published in the September 2017 edition of NTEA News.
Ford, the commercial vehicle leader for 33 years, is updating many of its trucks and vans for model year 2018.
“Ford is deeply committed to the work truck market,” said John Ruppert, Ford general manager, commercial vehicle sales and marketing. “We are the only OEM to offer our vocational customers vehicles in every segment from Classes 1–7, and have sold more commercial vehicles every year for three decades than any other manufacturer. In 2017, we’re celebrating 40 consecutive years of Ford F-Series as America’s best-selling truck. We’re dedicated to continuing to develop new and improved vehicles, technology and support to help our customers get the job done.”
The 2018 F-150 is even tougher, even smarter and even more capable than ever. A high-strength steel, fully boxed ladder frame and military-grade aluminum alloy body save weight and add capability, helping F-150 tow heavier trailers and deliver best-in-class payload ratings. It features a range of segment-first technologies to improve productivity, efficiency and driver confidence, including available adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, embedded 4G LTE modem for a Wi-Fi hotspot and B&O PLAY audio system.
Ford builds on its performance leadership by offering the most advanced F-150 engine lineup ever, plus the best towing capability of any F-150. The 2018 F-150 introduces an all-new, standard 3.3-liter V6 engine and an all-new second-generation 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine. The 5.0-liter V8 engine has also been improved to provide increased horsepower and torque. For the first time, customers can order an F-150 with a diesel engine: the available all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 diesel. The 2018 F-150 also features a segment-exclusive SelectShift 10-speed automatic transmission and standard automatic start/stop.
Ford Transit, America’s best-selling commercial van, gets even more versatile in 2018, with new features designed to reinforce its Built Ford Tough pedigree and make it even more useful on the job.
The rearview camera that is standard on the Transit van and passenger wagon moves above the rear doors on medium- and high-roof models for 2018. Transit will also get a locking glove box as standard equipment, as well as a new rear door exit handle and rear LED cargo lamp switch. New optional equipment includes heavy-duty cargo area flooring, push-down manual parking brake, power-folding short-arm heated mirrors with turn signals, D-pillar assist handles for medium- and high-roof models, a forged alloy dual rear wheel package, and more.
F-650 and F-750
Ford is also updating its biggest work trucks to improve performance and serviceability. Ford F-650 and F-750 trucks were completely redesigned for 2016, enjoying their best sales since 1997 last year. They’re available in straight-frame, kick-up frame Pro Loader and dedicated tractor models, with Regular Cab, SuperCab and Crew Cab body styles. Ford is the only manufacturer to offer a choice of gasoline or diesel powertrain in the medium-duty conventional truck market.
For 2018, electronic stability control and traction control brakes are standard on F-650 and F-750 tractor models. The system will initially be optional on certain F-750 diesel air-braked straight trucks with high-center-of-gravity-body upfits. A high-output, 240-amp alternator is available with the 6.8-liter V10 gasoline powertrain. For the diesel, Ford offers an optional automatic regeneration inhibitor to provide the operator with more control over when the engine goes into regeneration. Ford also relocated the diesel trucks’ oil and transmission fluid dipsticks for accessibility from ground level.
BODY BUILDER RESOURCES
To learn more about customizing Ford trucks, visit fleet.ford.com/truckbbas for access to Body Builders Layout Books, vehicle manuals, QVM bulletins, vehicle specifications, quality program guidelines, and more.
For more information on commercial builds, visit ford.com/commercial-trucks or see your local Ford dealer. For details on modifying a Ford product, or for vehicle CAD data, contact the Ford Truck Body Builder Advisory Service at 877-840-4338.