2023 Ford F-Sequence Tremendous Obligation pickup revealed with redesign, revised engines, tons extra tech

That is the brand new 2023 Ford F-Sequence Tremendous Obligation pickup truck. Ford simply took the wraps off its redesigned work (and generally play) truck at Kentucky’s Churchill Downs, the location of the Kentucky Derby. Simply as we anticipated, design adjustments are evolutionary, however there’s lots modified underneath the pores and skin that we’ll dive proper into.

For starters, there’s a brand new 6.8-liter gasoline-powered engine on the docket, and it’s additionally the brand new base engine. Whereas it’s technically a brand new engine, it’s solely sort-of new, because it’s primarily based on the 7.3-liter Godzilla V8 engine launched for the earlier technology’s mid-cycle refresh. You may kiss the previous 6.2-liter goodbye — Ford says it went with an even bigger engine for extra low-end torque and to make sure it has essentially the most {powerful} normal gasoline engine within the phase. Precise energy figures aren’t being revealed right now, so we’ll want to attend to listen to the ultimate numbers, however Ford guarantees it’s the perfect. Along with dropping the previous V8, Ford can be dropping the previous six-speed automated, making its 10-speed automated the usual transmission throughout the board.

The massive 7.3-liter V8 stays, however Ford says it’s been enhanced this 12 months with an improved air consumption system and a brand new tune for better energy and torque. Those that need the Energy Stroke V8 diesel might be glad to listen to that Ford is continuous with its 6.7-liter turbodiesel, however this time there might be two outputs supplied. The bottom diesel engine might be just like earlier than, however it can function an elevated oil capability that Ford says permits for extra miles between required oil adjustments. In the meantime, a brand new “high-output” model of the Energy Stroke will function a novel turbo, new exhaust manifolds and a distinct tune to make extra energy and torque. Most towing/hauling rankings will all be made utilizing this new, high-output model of the diesel engine. Sadly, energy figures are nonetheless not out there for the diesel engines both. Ford says that will probably be best-in-class for payload, gooseneck and fifth-wheel trailering and torque. However once more, the ultimate numbers aren’t out but.

Ford tells us that the Tremendous Obligation’s body is an optimized model of the previous-gen Tremendous Obligation. The physique options all new sheetmetal. Beneath it is a completely new electrical structure that helps the entire new tech options we’ll get to. The suspension has new shocks that Ford says gives a greater journey when unladen. There aren’t any massive surprises in cab and mattress choices. Ford will proceed to supply Common, Supercab and Crew Cab configurations. Plus, all of the common sequence from F-250 on up might be supplied.

The outside design largely hinges on which trim of Tremendous Obligation you go for. Ford says there are seven completely different grille designs that might seem up entrance, so hopefully one in all them fits you. That new grille stretches across the C-clamp LED headlights to make the truck seem wider — Ford says the grille even acts as a defend to the headlight fixtures in low-speed impacts to cut back the chance of them breaking and needing alternative. You’ll discover the aspect vents are bigger than earlier than, and Ford says they’re aero practical. The Tremor Off-Street Package deal will carryover to the brand new technology, and Path Flip Help is added this 12 months to assist maneuver the large truck in dicey off-road conditions. A brand new XL Off-Street Package deal joins the bevy of choices that Ford says might be useful for worksites that require off-road functionality at an inexpensive worth — this bundle particularly was impressed by analysis into how mining corporations use Ford vehicles. It provides 33-inch off-road tires, a raised air dam, water-fording axle vent tubes, skid plates and an electronic-locking rear differential. Should you’re simply searching for look extras, Ford added STX, Sport and Black Look packages to the lineup.

On the rear of the brand new Tremendous Obligation, you’ll discover new steps within the rear bumper that look similar to these seen in GM’s HD vehicles. They make getting access to gadgets within the mattress with no need to bodily crawl into it a lot simpler. Ford’s even added an additional step to the perimeters of the mattress to permit entry from each the entrance and the perimeters. And talking of steps, Ford says the stair/step that pulls out of the tailgate has been modified to make it decrease and simpler to make use of for shorter of us.

The mattress itself steals some thunder from the F-150 and provides Professional Energy Onboard expertise to the combo. You received’t get the extra-powerful 7.2 kW system out there on the F-150 PowerBoost hybrid, however you can get a 2.0 kW system. That is just like what you may get with the gas-only F-150s. On the Tremendous Obligation, Ford says will probably be normal on Lariat and above, however elective in decrease trims. Even when it isn’t the highest-power model of Professional Energy Onboard, the two.0 kW of energy will nonetheless be sufficient for some on-site job duties, tailgates and loads of different leisure actions.

Ford improves issues in a variety of methods inside. A brand new sprint design gives a recent look. The previous 4.0-inch show is deleted, making the usual infotainment system an 8-inch display screen — a 12-inch show (the one discovered within the F-150) is normal on larger trims. One other display screen enhancement is the addition of a 12-inch digital instrument cluster. Ford is utilizing a brand new 5G modem for faster infotainment system features/downloads — anticipate over-the-air software program updates to enhance the system over time. Plus, it’s able to offering a WiFi hotspot for as much as 10 customers directly. 

A wi-fi charging pad will increase 4 USB ports. There’s an out there full-color head-up show. Plus, a few of the new F-150’s inside enhancements just like the Max Recline Seats and Work Floor can be found. Ford says it prioritized bodily buttons all through the inside for ease of use with gloves on a worksite. Plus, it lowered the middle console to make it simpler to get issues out and in.

A large quantity of recent tech joins the social gathering for this new Tremendous Obligation. One social gathering trick is a brand new Ford Professional Upfit Integration System for individuals who upfit their Tremendous Obligation for particular work wants, Ford has added a digital answer that may permit these within the truck to manage their upfit tools through the touchscreen contained in the truck. The probabilities for this are seemingly infinite. For instance, you’ll be capable to map your individual features to buttons throughout the upfit menu on the touchscreen to manage issues like a crane. Past performance of bodily {hardware}, Ford says you may also program in security interlocks, equivalent to stopping the transmission from being shifted into Drive with a raised growth raise.

It might seem to be these vehicles are already loaded to the gills with towing tech, however Ford’s managed to cram much more into the brand new Tremendous Obligation. New for 2023 is a 360-degree Trailer Digital camera System that Ford says supplies a chook’s-eye view of the trailer. A brand new blind-spot data system for fifth wheel and gooseneck trailers can be out there — you may connect a module to the perimeters of a trailer, after which your truck will sign when any person is within the blind spot of the particular trailer. A brand new “Professional Trailer Hitch Help” system will robotically again the truck up and align it with a hitch ball — no help from a pal obligatory. A brand new Trailer Navigation system means that you can enter in your trailer dimensions to the infotainment, after which the navigation will make sure you don’t take any routes with low bridges or tight turns that your trailer can’t navigate. Lastly, Ford’s added a “Tailgate Down Digital camera” and “Tailgate Down Reverse Sensing System.” Now, even when the tailgate is lowered, you’ll have an ideal rear view and the identical rear sensing functionality as if the tailgate was up.

On the disappointing aspect of expertise, the brand new Tremendous Obligation doesn’t supply Blue Cruise, Ford’s hands-free freeway driving help system. In all equity, although, GM doesn’t supply Tremendous Cruise with its Heavy Obligation pickup vehicles both. Notable driver help techniques on the docket embrace adaptive cruise management, lane-centering, each entrance and rear brake help and extra. One significantly neat piece of safety is a brand new trailer theft alert system. When activated, it’ll ship a notification to your cellphone each time there’s an try to disconnect the trailer when the car is locked — Ford hopes this would possibly minimize down on trailer thefts. Additionally within the realm of safety, Ford Professional will embrace a “Begin Inhibit” operate that means that you can schedule car downtimes wherein the truck is software-locked to not begin.

There is no pricing out for the brand new Tremendous Obligation but, however Ford says it can go on sale in early 2023.

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