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2015 Ford F-250 Super Duty Overview
In traditional fashion, Ford keeps the pedal to the metal trying to maintain the status quo in full-size pickup supremacy via the monster-sized 2015 F-250 Super Duty truck lineup. With the addition of some significant power to the available 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8 engine, as well as some allegedly hefty styling tweaks in the high-end King Ranch trim level, this bullish three-quarter-ton pickup remains a capable construction-site carryall. Details thus far continue to be sketchy, but Ford claims a significant increase in towing capacity from the blown diesel V8 for this model year, while a new “Running W” graphic scheme and a couple of additional exterior colors along with a pair of 2-tone fabric choices are among the scheduled updates to the Texas-themed King Ranch variant.
Other than that, this latest heavy-duty workhorse is expected to retain the 3-seat Regular Cab configuration, the 6-place Super Cab version (again with rear-opening back doors), and the 6-passenger Crew Cab with its 4 independently opening doors. Bed lengths are also slated to stand pat at the 6.8-foot standard bed and the 8.2-foot long bed. Both bed lengths should again be available to Super Cab and Crew Cab variations, while the Regular Cab variants return offering only the long bed.
Also expected to return for 2015 are the 5 traditional trim levels; the base XL, the up-featured XLT, the midlevel Lariat, the posh (and new-look) King Ranch and the flagship Platinum. Lower trims are available in all cab and bed-length choices, while the Lariat comes only in Super Cab and Crew Cab garb, and the re-designed King Ranch and the Platinum trim levels remain available solely in the Crew Cab configuration.
No changes are slated for the Flex Fuel 6.2-liter V8 powerplant that once again comes standard in each of the F-250 Super Duty pickup trims. Thus, look for 385 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque to remain under the management of a well-wrought 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission, while towing is again expected to be maxed out at 12,500 pounds with the standard 3.73 axle ratio. Also, look for higher trims to retain eligibility for a 4.3 rear axle ratio capable of hefting up to 14,000 pounds of trailer. Oh, and the 6-speed automatic now boasts a brand-new torque converter.
The optional and up-powered 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8, meantime, is touted by the folks at Ford as sporting a larger, single-vane turbocharger, improved fuel injection and an upgraded cooling system that should allow this beast to tow significantly more than last year’s 14,000 pounds. Whether or not this tweaked grunter can beat GM’s expected 17,900 pounds of trailer-toting capacity or Ram’s touted 17,950 pounds (each in their respective 2500 iterations) remains to be seen. Anyhow, the 2015 F-250 Super Duty’s payload is expected once more to max out at 4,240 pounds, depending on the selected wheelbase, cab style and bed length. Wheelbases, by the way, should again run from 137 inches to 172.4 inches, depending on the particular configuration selected.
Of course, a rear-wheel drivetrain (RWD) is again slated to be standard for this big rig, with an optional part-time 4-wheel drive (4WD) system boasting a 2-speed transfer case and locking rear differential once more awaiting those off-road adventurers.
Traditional appearance features should remain dependant on the trim level desired and ought to include 17-inch, 18-inch or 20-inch wheels, a Class IV trailer hitch and wiring, side steps, heated power-adjustable mirrors and a power-sliding rear window.
Look for creature comforts to run the gamut from vinyl to leather upholstery, with higher trim levels offering such standard amenities as heated power-adjustable front seats, full power accessories, leather and simulated wood cabin accents, dual-zone climate control, power-adjustable pedals, and, in the case of the Platinum, a heated steering wheel. Remote engine start also graces the higher trim levels, with the XLT and above also packing standard cruise control. Telescoping tilt-wheel steering, meanwhile, adorns all trim levels, while a rear-view camera, rear parking sensors and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror are slated to return in the Lariat and above trim levels.
Standard techno-goodies expected to return for 2015 include Sync infotainment with MyFordTouch displays and Bluetooth-integrated communications in the XLT and higher trim levels, along with a standard memory-card-based navigation system in the King Ranch and Platinum editions. Finally, audio components progress from a 2-speaker AM/FM radio setup in the XL to a Sony premium system boasting up to 9 speakers, as well as a single-CD player, satellite radio and a video display that’s loaded into the top-shelf Platinum.
Bearing in mind that Ford is so far noncommittal regarding any changes to options and packages for this coming model year, look for the 2015 F-250 Super Duty lineup’s optional equipment list to remain heavily trim-dependent, with lower trims eligible to be optimized with many of the upper-echelon gizmos and décor items that come standard in higher trims. Additionally, look for the heavy-duty front suspension package to remain available to all trims, along with a spray-in bed liner, and Ford’s Work Solutions and Crew Chief telematics. Upgraded wheels, and a power moonroof, meanwhile, should also return as options in the Lariat and above trim levels.
Standard safety equipment for the 2015 version of the F-250 Super Duty stable, finally, should remain 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags and front (and in 6-seat cabs, rear) head airbags. Ford’s programmable MyKey system that restricts speed and audio settings is again a teen-targeted standard safety feature lineup-wide, as is a post-collision safety system. In addition, expect the latest F-250 Super Duty XLT and higher trim levels to retain Sync emergency assistance and alerts, with the Lariat and above trim levels packing standard turn-signal-integrated mirrors and a remote antitheft alarm. Meantime, the King Ranch and Platinum versions are expected to return bearing standard front fog/driving lights, as well.
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