We’d say that the truck race is heating up, but did it ever really cool down? One of the great sources of automotive one-upmanship is the pickup market, and as the housing market starts to regain its footing, heavy-duty pickups will be in high demand. To meet this demand, Ford has updated key elements in its Super Duty pickup line. Though not a complete line overhaul, Ford has updated the F-450, King Ranch, and made its Power Stroke diesel even more powerful.
The 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8 now features a larger turbocharger that, according to Ford, enables “more airflow to the engine to produce more power beyond today’s 400 horsepower and 800 lb.-ft. of torque.” Super Duty pickups equipped with the Power Stroke will get an updated six-speed transmission with a more robust torque converter meant to handle the added power. The engine itself will also receive several component upgrades to handle more compression and power.
Meanwhile, the F-450 gets updates to the frame and suspension to make them stronger, and recieves “commercial grade” 19.5-inch wheels and tires to match.
Finally, the updates to the King Ranch edition are largely cosmetic. Outside, a new darker shade of Caribou is used for exterior accents. Inside, the “Running W” emblem is cut out and stitched so that it looks like it is branded into the seats. Also, a lighter shade of Mesa leather is used for the seats.
Nothing major on its own, but some thoughtful updates spread around the lineup. The new power figures for the Power Stroke are not officially stated, but we’ll bring them to you as they are announced.