Having just built its 500,000th Power Stroke 6.7-liter diesel V-8, Ford is yet again upping its game as it improves on the engine–and the truck it goes into–for the 2015 model year. The 2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty, being unveiled at the Texas State Fair, comes with a revised, more powerful engine, higher towing capabilities for F-450 and F-550 models, reinforced frame for F-450s, and some new decor in King Ranch models that ups luxury and style.
The 6.7-liter Power Stroke was first sold in a truck in 2011 after Ford’s falling out with International’s Navistar division led it to develop its own heavy-duty engine and transmission. In its current form, it produces 400 horsepower and 800 pound-feet of torque, which still trails the Ram’s 6.7-liter Cummins inline-6 that punches out 385 horsepower and 850 lb-ft of torque. It’s that latter number that matters when it comes to towing. Something tells us that the revised engine will stand up a little better.
Using a turbocharger placed in between the cylinder banks, like what BMW does on the M5 and M6 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 engines, Ford claims more immediate boost with improved airflow. Now with a larger turbocharger in the 2015 model–up to 88 millimeters–the F-Series Super Duty will also benefit from improved exhaust braking, easing the forces often put on the brakes and suspension with more work being divided to the engine.
The 2015 Ford F-450 Super Duty will also benefit from an improved chassis design, featuring a strengthened frame, updated suspension, new 19.5-inch commercial-grade wheels and tires, and improved trailer capabilities for fifth-wheel systems. Ford claims the F-450 will improve upon the current truck’s 24,700-pound tow rating, and the F-550 chassis cab will grow beyond its 26,600-pound rating.
Lastly, luxed-up mother truckers should enjoy the serenity of the revised 2015 King Ranch edition, which a long time ago replaced Eddie Bauer as Ford’s go-to country chic outfitter. In the new truck, Ford emphasized the King Ranch’s “Running W” logo which it uses to brand its cattle. The seat stitching has been made to look like it has been branded into the Mesa-colored leather, and materials have been upgraded throughout the interior. Exterior updates include a new dark Caribou paint for accents like wheel lip moldings, bumpers, and the lower body.
All of the trucks are being unveiled this week during the Texas State Fair, where Chevrolet is also debuting a new vehicle, and Ram has plenty of heavily updated and upgraded pickups of its own. Truckmakers don’t mess with Texas, making the annual Truck of Texas award one of their key objectives every year.