Vowing it will have best-in-class towing and payload with even more overall comfort and capability, Ford has unveiled a significantly revamped 2011 version of its F-Series Super Duty pickup. While bold exterior styling tweaks and beneficial interior enhancements -- including a new reconfigurable console with dual 12V outlets, a 110V power inverter and the industry-exclusive Ford Work Solutions mobile office-on-the-go -- are noteworthy gains, the biggest news here is found under hood. Although their output stats have yet to be revealed, Ford has confirmed two new V8 engines, a 6.2-liter gasoline unit and a new, 6.7-liter PowerStroke turbodiesel designed completely in-house will deliver more power and torque than the current engines -- and do so with lower emissions and even greater fuel efficiency. The latter, code-named "Scorpion," can also run on B20 biodiesel. Both engines will be paired with an equally new six-speed automatic transmission fitted with a SelectShift manual mode. Other new standards for the 2011 Super Duty mix include Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control and an electronic locking rear differential. For ease of towing -- up to 33,000 pounds in its top F-450 form -- the Super Duty's standard AdvancTrac with Roll Stability Control adds an integrated Trailer Sway Control function and offers new factory-installed integrated trailer brake controller option. Expect the same broad selection of body/bed/trim levels and 2WD/4WD configuration choices to be offered when Ford's F-250/F-350/F-450 maximum pickup family formally bows in sometime next year.
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