Source: Ford Motor Company.
Heavy Duty F-Series – Seriously BIG
Ford Australia is set to introduce a light commercial heavyweight in
mid-2001 when it imports a range of super-duty F250 and F350 trucks.
Designed for heavy-duty applications the F250/350 range has two key
attributes – size and power.
With a towing capacity of almost 4 tonne (at full GVM) and engines ranging
from a 5.4 litre petrol-powered V8 to a 7.3 litre Intercooled Turbo V8
diesel, the Brazilian built beast will be available in two and four wheel
“The super-duty F250 and F350 are designed for some pretty serious applications,”
says Light Commercial Brand Manager, Kevin Lillie. “The F350 4WD diesel
is rated to carry over 2500kg and produces a stump pulling 678Nm of torque.
Two pretty impressive numbers if you’ve got a big load to haul.”
The new F250 and F350 have been engineered for the right hand drive
market and are factory built, not converted from left-hand drive. An extensive
local testing program was undertaken to ensure F250/350 would meet the
unique conditions of the Australian market.
The new F-Series will be available in a huge number of models and configerations
including single, super and crew cabs in addition to XL and XLT specification
Ford expects many of the super-duty F-Series will find homes in agriculture,
mining and service industries with heavy-duty towing and carrying requirements.
Ford has no plans at present to re-introduce the F150 range because
the load capacity of the Falcon ute is just as good, and on some models
better than the F150.