Ford Motor Co. announced improvements to the durability and weight ratings of its commercial trucks at the 2016 NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis Tuesday.
The Dearborn, Mich., automaker said its new 6.7-liter, “Power Stroke” V8 diesel engine for the Ford F-650 and F-750 medium-duty truck line has a B10 design life of at least 500,000 miles.
A B10 rating is an engineering measure of failure rates. Ford said that its testing found that 90 percent of the engines will reach at least 500,000 miles without requiring a major service. That’s defined as a service that involves removal of cylinder heads or dropping the oil pan to reach internal components.
Ford is offering a five-year, 250,000-mile limited warranty on the engine and six-speed transmission in the trucks.
“Our B10 rating will give customers confidence that the 6.7-liter Power Stroke is designed for a long service life,” said John Ruppert, general manager, Ford Commercial Vehicle Sales and Marketing.
The automaker also said it engineered the powertrain to reduce noise in the cabin. It will be 25 percent quieter at 60 miles per hour and up to 45 percent quieter at idle than the previous generation.
In other Work Truck Show news, Ford said its 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty chassis cab gets a new front axle with a weight rating of up to 7,500 pounds. That enables the truck to carry larger, heavier equipment such as bigger snow plows, dump or utility bodies. Ford said the chassis has the best-in-class weight rating, beating an offering from FCA’s Ram brand by 250 pounds.
Additionally, Ford said its F-Series Super Duty chassis cab now has a gross combined weight rating of up to 40,000 pounds. A fully loaded truck will carry the equivalent of half the maximum gross combined weight rating of a semi-tractor-trailer on most U.S. highways.
Ford also said it is updating the 2017 Ford Transit commercial van at the request of its fleet customers. It now will offer an option for a low-profile center console. This helps delivery drivers and others who want easier access to walk from the cab into the back of the vehicle. The feature also makes it easier for fleets to install computer equipment in the center console area.
“Walk-through center consoles are just one enhancement we are adding in response to real-world driver input,” said Yaro Hetman, brand manager, Ford Transit, Transit Connect and E-Series.
Ford also will make heated driver and front passenger leather and cloth seats are available and 10-way power-adjustable seats available on all Transit variants.