• 2016 Ford F-650/F-750 Medium Duty Trucks

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Ford has been offering a true medium duty commercial truck since 1980 with the F-600, F-700, and F-800. Over the last 35 years, plenty has changed about the trucks, including different joint ventures with other commercial truckmakers and various contracts with engine and transmission suppliers. Well that trend continues with the all-new 2016 F-650 and F-750 trucks, but Ford is now leaving the joint ventures and partnerships behind.

The new F-650 and F-750 are all Ford – even down to the powertrain. Gone is the Cummins 6.7-liter inline-six ISB turbodiesel and Allison automatic transmission, replaced by Ford’s own 6.7-liter V-8 Power Stroke turbodiesel and six-speed automatic gear box.

Ford is also touting a more driver-friendly cab, thanks to the Power Stroke’s quieter operation over the outgoing powerplant, and an upgraded warranty that boosts its position in the industry.

Aside from the mechanical bits, the new F-650 and F-750 boast a new exterior design that moves the trucks into the current decade and mirrors some of the cues found on the F-250 through F-550 Super Duty trucks. Even the interiors match that of the smaller trucks.

Ford’s improvements to its medium duty trucks come just in time, as rumors swirl around General Motors possibly announcing a partnership with Navistar International – Ford’s most recently divorced partner – to re-enter the medium duty truck market. Though there haven’t been formal announcements as of this writing, GM would likely re-enter the market with its Chevy Kodiak and GMC TopKick trucks brands.

So let’s see what Ford has worked up with its new 2016 F-650 and F-750 Super Duty.

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  • 2016 Ford F-650/F-750 Medium Duty Trucks
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    6.8 L
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    90 mph (Est.)
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    Front Engine, Rear Drive
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    55000 (Est.)
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The new F-650 and F-750 trucks’ new looks can best be described as an extension of the now (mostly) defunct 2003-2008 Ford E-Series Econoline van. The grille looks as if it was enlarged on a copy machine and clipped onto the updates hood and fenders.

It would seem Ford had an extra stockpile of Econoline parts left over after the passenger and cargo van went extinct.

What’s more, the headlights are direct bolt-ins from the E-Series van. It would seem Ford had an extra stockpile of Econoline parts left over after the passenger and cargo van went extinct. (Ford still offers the cut-away E-Series chassis cab.)

Behind the grille, headlights and sloping hood is a cab lifted from the “light duty” Super Duty assembly line. The entire cab structure, including the doors, windshield, and roof, are the same as an F-250. The F-650 and F-750 also boast a side grille that immolates those found on the F-250 through F-550, including the designation of its “F-“ level.

Of course, the similarities between the standard F-250 or F-350 stop at the bodywork. The mighty F-650 and F-750 ride on a huge ladder frame with large wheels and tires. The fuel tank rides sidesaddle below the driver’s door, just like on a big-rig.

When the truck rolls off the assembly line, it comes as a chassis cab. That means there’s nothing behind the cab other than the frame and drivetrain. It’s up to the customer and aftermarket suppliers to upfit the truck with job-specific equipment like dump beds, ambulance bodies, roll-back flatbeds, or bucket lifts.


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The interior of the new medium duty Super Duty trucks is the same of the standard, non-commercial Super Duty. That gives drivers of the F-650 and F-750 familiar controls and gauges found in trucks they may drive on a daily basis. But unlike a personal truck, the F-650 and F-750 are all about work. You won’t find MyFord Touch, wood-grain trim panels, or leather seating in here, but rather old-school crank windows, an AM/FM radio, and vinyl seats.


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The big news for the new F-650 and F-750 trucks is the addition of Ford’s own 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 turbodiesel. It’s the same basic engine design that’s found in the standard Super Duty lineup, though Ford has tweaked its output ratings for commercial duty.

It’s the same basic engine design that’s found in the standard Super Duty lineup, though Ford has tweaked its output ratings for commercial duty.

Rather than making 400 horsepower and 860 pound-feet of torque, the commercial trucks are detuned, presumably for a longer lifespan in heavy-hauling conditions. The base output for the Power Stroke is listed at 270 horsepower and 675 pound-feet of torque, the mid-range output is 300 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque, and the max output available is 330 horsepower and 725 pound-feet of toque.

Those output numbers mostly surpass the 6.7-liter Cummins’ levels in the 2015 model, but the Cummins did offer a high-output model specially equipped for emergency vehicles that kicked out 360 horsepower and 800 pound-feet of torque.

Sadly Ford is doing away with the manual transmission option that’s previously been available. Now the Super Duty will come with Ford’s in-house, TorqShift six-speed automatic gearbox with the option of a Power Take-Off unit for running equipment.

That six-speed automatic pulls double duty with the standard engine that comes in the F-650 and F-750. The old-school 6.8-liter V-10 gasser offers 320 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque while maintaining the trucks’ capabilities as a medium-duty commercial truck. Unfortunately, the V-10 makes 42 horsepower less than it did in 2015, though torque has risen by three pound-feet. Ford touts the V-10’s benefits as being less expensive to purchase up front and less expensive to fuel. While both are rather obvious, the gas engine is likely to be dwarfed by the Power Stroke diesel in terms of sales.


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Ford has not released pricing information on the 2016 F-650 and F-750 as of this writing, but we can expect things to stay roughly where they were. The base price for a 2015 F-650 was $55,595. Prices climb into the $70,000 range for a diesel-equipped F-750.

Of course, those prices don’t include any aftermarket upgrades. Dump bodies, flatbeds, cargo boxes are all sold by separate retailers at prices they set.


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General Motors is rumored to be re-entering the Class 6 and 7 market in partnership with Navistar. This comes after The General left the market in 2009 thanks to a tanking economy and slow sales of commercial trucks. Now with things booming again, the Kodiak and TopKick may return.

Like before, the trucks will likely come powered with the 6.6-liter Duramax V-8 turbodiesel found in GM’s 2500 and 3500-series trucks, along with the durable Allison automatic transmission. Details are basically non-existent at this point, but Ford might have a strong competitor in the GM/Navistar alliance.

Prices will have to be competitive against Ford’s offerings, so expect GM to start charging in the mid-$50,000 range.


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Though there are several high points of the changes for the 2016 model year, perhaps the most significant – at least for Ford – is that the truck will be easier to manufacture and service since all its components are sourced from in-house. Adding to the news, production of the F-650 and F-750 will move from Mexico to Ford’s Ohio Assembly Plant where the automaker already builds RV chassis and other heavy-duty vehicles.

For the end user, the truck offers a quieter ride than before with its Power Stroke turbodiesel while still offering the same towing and hauling capabilities known to these type medium duty trucks.

It will be interesting to see how GM’s rumored trucks compete with the F-650 and F-750 pair once that time comes. Rest assured we’ll bring you the comparison.

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Press Release

Ford is lowering noise levels in the all-new Ford F-650/F-750 – the company’s toughest, smartest and best-value F-650/F-750 medium-duty commercial trucks ever – to give drivers and their customers a quieter, more comfortable experience inside and out.

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Thanks to its exclusive Ford-designed and -built 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 turbocharged diesel engine, those inside and outside the truck will notice a quieter, more refined sound compared to the previous F-650/F-750’s diesel engine.

“Our all-new F-650/F-750 medium-duty trucks are purpose-built to give our hardworking vocational customers maximum capability,” said John Ruppert, general manager, Ford Commercial Vehicle Sales and Marketing. “While the truck is able to work harder, we also made life inside the cab easier. Lowering in-cab and exterior noise levels improves driver comfort and minimizes disturbances while idling at work sites.”

The 2016 Ford F-650/F-750 powered by the Ford-designed and -built 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel engine is 25 percent quieter inside the cabin at 60 mph than the previous model, with noise levels dropping to 68 decibels from 74 decibels. At idle, noise levels are improved as much as 45 percent, dropping to 48 decibels from 63 decibels.

Decibels measure the intensity and power of sound. Each 10-unit increase represents a 10-fold increase in sound power, so a 10 decibel sound is 10 times more powerful than a zero decibel sound, and 20 decibels is 100 times stronger than zero decibels.

Advanced and quiet diesel engine

The 2016 Ford F-650/F-750 with the available 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel engine is 35 percent quieter at idle than the previous model for a listener standing outside in front of the grille.

Ford is the only medium-duty truck manufacturer that designs and builds its own diesel engine and transmission combination – ensuring the powertrain will work seamlessly with all chassis components and vehicle calibrations. This approach enables Ford engineers to optimize vehicle performance across the entire lineup and further refine the powertrain to specific customer needs.

Enhancements to the Power Stroke combustion system, structural integrity of the compacted graphite iron block and single turbocharger mounted to the engine block account for many of the noise, vibration and harshness improvements over the previously offered diesel engine.

Specific design upgrades were made to the fuel injectors to optimize the combustion process, which features a two-stage combustion event instead of a single-injection event, further avoiding harsh, sudden and loud combustion. A starter or pilot fuel injector in the 6.7-liter engine begins the compression process before the main injection. The result is smoother combustion with less diesel clatter and a reduction of intrusive engine sound both inside and outside the truck.

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At idle, two pilot injection events are used to make the firing process even smoother and to aid in quietness. The “ticking” of the high-speed injectors is masked by specially designed covers on the engine.

Mounting the engine’s turbocharger inside the engine block valley also brings improvements in overall noise, vibration and harshness.

“We used smart engineering and our unique Power Stroke engine architecture to create a powerful yet quiet diesel for our commercial customers,” said John Davis, chief engineer, Ford Commercial Vehicles.

In addition to quieter operation, the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel engine will feature three engine power ratings, including best-in-class standard diesel horsepower and torque, and no vocational limits on top ratings.

The three diesel power levels available for the 2016 Ford F-650/F-750 are:

Best-in-class standard 270 horsepower, 675 lb.-ft. torque
300 horsepower, 700 lb.-ft. torque
330 horsepower, 725 lb.-ft. torque

Multiple ratings provide customers the flexibility to scale engine power to work applications and operations.

The 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 comes with a five-year, 250,000-mile warranty.

In addition to its Power Stroke diesel engine, Ford remains the only automaker in the segment to offer a gasoline-powered engine for a medium-duty truck. The 6.8-liter V10 engine with 320 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque is now available for both F-650 and F-750 models with the TorqShift® heavy-duty six-speed automatic transmission. The 6.8-liter V10 engine can be factory-prepped for converting to compressed natural gas or propane autogas as cost-effective alternatives to gasoline.

More information about the all-new F-650/F-750

The Ford F-650/F-750 anchors the Ford commercial truck lineup – America’s best-selling line of commercial trucks for 30 years – giving vocational customers an unmatched one-stop shop to meet their needs, from a Class 1 Ford Transit Connect cargo van to a Class 7 Ford F-750 tractor rig.

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Offered in Regular Cab, SuperCab and Crew Cab styles and in straight-frame, dock-height and an all-new dedicated tractor model for heavy towing applications, the 2016 F-650/F-750 features a bold look inside and out.

The new exterior styling commands attention on the road with Built Ford Tough looks that also help deliver improved functionality. The all-new mesh grille framed by hallmark Ford nostrils helps improve airflow for optimal cooling performance. Also new are sharp fenders, aerodynamic headlamps and F-650/F-750 badges embossed in “Bold Leadership” font. Available PowerScope® trailer tow mirrors feature large standard mirrors as well as spotter mirrors and a segment-exclusive power telescoping and folding design.

The area behind the cab was redesigned to more easily accommodate custom work bodies, such as tow truck, dump truck and ambulance bodies.

The new medium-duty truck lineup will be available this summer and built at Ohio Assembly Plant.

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