Ford is expanding its range of Medium Duty trucks with the new F-600, and while it might look like a regular Super Duty, it packs more might.
The Ford F-600 is a Class 6 truck with a GVWR of 22,000 pounds, but it is wrapped in regular F-550 body, offering a higher payload capability in a smaller package. A set of 19.5-inch tires with a higher weight rating are also fitted to make sure the truck can handle the weight.
A traditional class 5 truck, such as the F-550 has a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 19,500 lbs. A class 6 truck has GVWR of 26,000 lbs. The new F-600 splits the difference and makes its own weight limit.
Ford says that many commercial customers need the extra weight carrying capability and available 4×4, but do not want the bigger form-factor of a F-650 truck. Sometimes it simply easier to drive a smaller truck, and many jobs in remote areas cannot accommodate a bigger truck.
Three engines will be available in the F-600, the all-new 7.3-liter gas V8, the 6.7-liter PowerStroke diesel and the base 6.2-liter gas V8. All three are mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission that can be ordered with a line drive power takeoff capable of delivering up to 300 lb-ft of torque.
The F-600 will hit order books in early 2020 and deliveries will begin in mid 2020.
Ford F-650 & F-750
The F-650 and F-750 are being updated as well and will offer just the 7.3-liter V8 and 6.7-liter diesel, mated to a heavy duty six-speed automatic. The real changes come with an updated instrument panel which includes a new steering column, steering wheel and info cluster. Standard technology now includes a new AM/FM stereo with Bluetooth functionality and a USB port.
The biggest of the F-Series trucks will be available in 2020 as 2021 models.
Here is our video overview from the 2019 Work Truck Show.