Big trucks and childhood playtime have gone hand in hand for the last 75 years or so, and Ford and toymaker Tonka have been major players in both arenas for a majority of that time. In the latest continuation, Ford has unveiled the newest version of its medium duty trucks, the all-new 2016 F-650 and F-750. This Tonka version made its debut at the NTEA Work Truck show to introduce Ford’s commercial trucks with a splash.

Though the F-750 can be outfitted any number of ways, this show truck embraces the Tonka heritage with a dump bed. Capable of hauling 17,000 pounds of material, then dumping thanks to hydraulic lifts, the bed makes the F-750 a truly capable dump truck.

The truck is set to tour the U.S., going to major work truck, commercial, and vocational trade shows throughout 2015.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ford F-750 Tonka.

  • 2016 Ford F-750 Tonka
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    six-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    270
  • Torque @ RPM:
    675
  • Energy:
    turbodiesel
  • Displacement:
    6.7 L
  • 0-60 time:
    12 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    95 mph (Est.)
  • Layout:
    Front Engine; Rear Drive
  • Price:
    85000 (Est.)
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Exterior

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2016 Ford F-750 Tonka High Resolution Exterior
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2016 Ford F-750 Tonka High Resolution Exterior
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BIG – that’s about the best way to begin describing the F-750. It’s massive ladder frame holds a huge front bumper, grille, and hood up front, followed by a single cab lifted from the Ford Super Duty assembly line. Starting up front, Ford gave the truck a “blacked out” grille with its signature nostrils on either side of the lateral grille slots. Its looks are heavily influenced from the Ford E-Series van – a utilitarian vehicle whose production run sadly ended in 2014.

The Econoline’s visual influence continues in the F-750’s headlights, mostly because they’re a straight bolt-in part. A three-piece front bumper is easily repaired by simply replacing the damaged section. The bumper also has cut-outs for the front tow hooks, along with the center opening for air flow. The hood and fender is one single assembly that opens forward, clamshell style for easy access to the engine.

The massive 10-lug wheels are finished in the same Tonka yellow as the body and are wrapped in highway rubber. Under the driver’s door lie the side-saddle fuel and urea tanks.

The business end of the dump truck is fitted with a swinging tailgate, twin “Built Ford Tough” mud flaps, and the trailer hitch complete with D-rings and pintle hitch.

Interior

2014 Ford F-Series Super Duty Interior
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Super Duty shown
Ford doesn’t currently have photos of the interior, but the cab features the same design as the smaller Super Duty series. Since the F-750 is a workin’ man’s truck, you won’t find any leather or wood surfaces, nor will you have a MyFord Touch infotainment screen to play with. Nope, it’s all bare bones in here.

Drivetrain

2016 Ford F-750 Tonka Drivetrain
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Powering the F-750 are two engine choices: the standard 6.8-liter V-10 and the mighty 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 turbodiesel. For those planning on hauling heavy loads, the Power Stroke is the obvious choice. Ironically, the turbodiesel doesn’t produce the same 400 horsepower and 800 pound-feet of torque as it does in the smaller Super Duty trucks. Instead Ford has detuned the engine with three power outputs, presumably for longevity.

The standard output is 270 horsepower and 675 pound-feet. The mid-range output is 300 horsepower and 700 pound-feet. Lastly the max output for the F-750’s 6.7-liter Power Stroke is 330 horsepower and 725 pound-feet of torque. Ford offers all three power rating in all F-650 and F-750 trucks regardless of what vocational application it’s designed to do. The Power Stroke is protected by a five-year, 250,000-mile warranty.

For those interested in the V-10, it produces a respectable 320 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. The engine can also be converted to run on compressed natural gas or liquid propane.

Both engines are mated to the six-speed TorqShift HD transmission. The Power Stroke and TorqShift combo replace the 6.7-liter Cummins I-6 turbodiesel and Alison transmission from the previous generation.

Prices

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Ford has yet to release pricing on the F-650 and F-750 trucks, though it’s expected to stick around the $55,000 starting price as the 2015 models. Of course, that doesn’t include the upgraded engine option and aftermarket dump bed. As it sits, the Tonka truck – minus the cool paint job – likely has a price tag of around $85,000 to $95,000.

Competition

Ram 4500/5500 Chassis Cab

2014 Ram 4500/5500 Chassis Cab Exterior
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Though Ram doesn’t offer the typical medium duty truck, the Ram 4500 and 5500 offer medium duty-sized capabilities in the more traditional one-ton pickup style. Powered by several engine choices, the Ram is most powerful when equipped with the 6.7-liter Cummins I-6 turbodiesel. Making 320 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, the Ram is able to pull a 29,600-pound trailer and haul 11,626 pounds of payload in the bed.

Prices for the Ram 4500 and 5500 are considerably less than the F-650 and F-750, though the trucks aren’t true competitors. Prices start around $36,000 and escalate up towards $67,000 for a loaded model.

Conclusion

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Ford’s new medium duty lineup shows big improvements over the last generation, including the availability of the 6.7-liter Power Stroke. Choosing to showcase the new truck lineup with this Tonka edition is downright awesome as it taps into nearly everyone’s childhood memories of playing with Tonka trucks in the back yard sandbox.

Now if we could only take this Tonka for a spin around an equally larger sandbox.

  • Leave it
    • * This is a one-off custom
    • * Not much for interior luxury
    • * Detuned Power Stroke diesel

Press Release

The wraps come off the mighty Ford F-750 TONKA truck – the nearly 10-foot-tall ultimate TONKA truck that is also Built Ford Tough – at the NTEA Work Truck show today.

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Based on the all-new 2016 Ford F-650/F-750, the bold dump truck is painted signature TONKA yellow with a custom blackout nostril grille and fully functional dump body from Truck Tech Engineers. The F-750 TONKA is ready to move dirt at job sites, create new playgrounds and fuel the imaginations of kids of all ages.

“From Generation Z to the Greatest Generation, Ford and TONKA continue to set the standards for tough trucks,” said John Ruppert, general manager, Ford Commercial Vehicle Sales and Marketing. “People of all ages have been counting on Ford F-Series and TONKA trucks to get the job done – from construction site to sandbox – for more than 60 years.”

The mighty Ford F-750 TONKA truck – which will be on display at major work truck, commercial and vocational trade shows through the end of the year – is a collaboration between Ford and Funrise Toy Corporation, TONKA manufacturer of TONKA branded products under license from Hasbro®.

“We are proud TONKA trucks are put to work every day around the world,” said Kathy Hawk, Funrise vice president of marketing. “Creating this F-750 TONKA truck is a special way to celebrate that many of today’s Ford truck customers first drove a TONKA truck.”

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The Ford F-650/F-750 anchors the Ford commercial truck lineup – America’s best-selling line of commercial trucks for 30 straight 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.

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 Ford F-750 TONKA’s exterior styling commands attention on the road and at the job site with Built Ford Tough looks that also help deliver upgraded functionality. The custom grille framed by hallmark Ford nostrils helps improve airflow for optimal cooling performance.

Sharp fenders, rugged headlamps and F-650/F-750 badges embossed in the “Bold Leadership” font are new for all 2016 F-650/F-750 trucks. Available PowerScope® trailer tow mirrors feature large standard mirrors and spotter mirrors and segment-exclusive power telescoping and folding design. The area behind the cab was redesigned to more easily accommodate custom work bodies, such as for tow trucks, dump trucks and ambulances.

The mighty Ford F-750 TONKA carries Ford’s most capable gross vehicle weight rating of 33,000 pounds on a 158-inch wheelbase. Its Truck Tech Engineers dump body can haul up to 17,000 pounds to support the construction needs of almost any imagination.

The F-750 TONKA is powered by the Ford-built and proven 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 diesel paired with a commercial-grade six-speed TorqShift® HD automatic transmission. The available power takeoff provision that runs the dump body can power other accessories in the field, including a crane or other vocational equipment.

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The 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel engine features three engine power ratings, including best-in-class standard diesel horsepower and torque for medium-duty trucks, 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.

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.

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 will now be available for both F-650 and F-750 models with the TorqShift HD six-speed automatic transmission. The 6.8-liter V10 engine can be factory-prepped for converting to compressed natural gas or liquid propane gas as cost-effective alternatives to gasoline.

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The 2016 Ford F-650/F-750 medium-duty truck lineup will be available this summer and built at Ohio Assembly Plant.

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