2011 Ford Super Duty F-250
2011 Ford Super Duty F-250; photo courtesy Ford. Click image to enlarge

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Regina, Saskatchewan – Regina’s annual “Agribition” is a show that touches on every aspect of the agricultural sector. Examples of prize livestock, farm machinery, clothing, energy alternatives, seeds and grains, tractors and tools are represented over the sprawling 22-acre event site.

According to Ford of Canada’s Christine Hollander, Saskatchewan is “prime truck territory,” which explains why this year’s Agribition was the venue chosen to unveil the new 2011 Ford Super Duty F-250 pickup.

Although it won’t be on the market until fall, 2010, and key details of its specifications won’t be released until next year, prospective buyers at the show got a good look at the new truck.

2011 Ford Super Duty F-250
2011 Ford Super Duty F-250
2011 Ford Super Duty F-250 6.7-litre Powerstroke diesel V8 (top) and 6.2-litre gasoline V8 (bottom); photo courtesy Ford. Click image to enlarge

Two engines will be available in this vehicle: a new 6.7-litre single-turbocharged V8 “Power Stroke” diesel, and a new 6.2-litre gasoline V8.

Neither horsepower nor torque numbers were supplied, but Ford says they will be “class leading.” The same goes for fuel consumption, towing and payload (Ford research shows that 97 per cent of Super Duty owners tow).

The new diesel is designed, developed and built by Ford. It represents Ford’s first use of a compacted graphite iron (CGI) block in a Super Duty; a material Ford indicates is stronger than cast iron. The block is mated to aluminum cylinder heads.

The single sequential turbocharger uses an “industry-first double sided compressor wheel,” which gives the advantages of a twin-turbocharger, while saving space and reducing noise, vibration and harshness, Ford says. Testing protocols were developed for this engine to ensure 400,000 kilometre durability. The engine is B20 compatible (20 per cent biodiesel/80 per cent petroleum diesel).

2011 Ford Super Duty F-250
2011 Ford Super Duty F-250; photo courtesy Ford. Click image to enlarge

For the single overhead camshaft gasoline V8 engine, Ford uses “big bore architecture” to allow for larger intake and exhaust valves and better breathing and a shorter stroke for higher engine speed and increased horsepower. The engine features dual-equal variable cam timing, two spark plugs per cylinder, dual knock sensors and improved crankcase breathing and efficiency, producing improved torque at higher engine speeds, a higher compression ratio and better fuel economy.

The transmission for the 2011 Super Duty is an all-new 6R140 Heavy Duty TorqShift six-speed automatic which is designed to manage the low-speed torque generated by the new diesel engine. A “LiveDrive” PTO is available with the output gear linked through the torque converter to the engine crankshaft. This enables the owner to operate auxiliary equipment like snow ploughs, aerial lifts, tow truck lifts, cement mixers, etc., at any time the engine is running.

2011 Ford Super Duty F-250
2011 Ford Super Duty F-250
2011 Ford Super Duty F-250; photo courtesy Ford. Click image to enlarge

The new truck features a range of electronic enhancements, including standard trailer sway control, along with AdvanceTrac electronic stability control and roll stability control on all single-rear wheel versions. A factory-installed trailer brake controller is also available, and is covered by a Ford limited warranty. Also available is a new 10.6 centimetre Productivity Display screen that provides information related to fuel economy and towing performance. Controls are steering wheel mounted.

Additional towing and safety features include hill ascent and descent control, electronic locking differential, tire pressure monitoring system, and optional side airbags and curtains.

The 2011 Super Duty is a fully redesigned vehicle, with new exterior styling and an interior with 60 per cent more storage space, compared with the outgoing model.

The 2011 model year is important for buyers of heavy duty pickup trucks, as it will see new trucks from Ford, Dodge and General Motors. Ford will also be introducing new F-350 and F-450 versions of the Super Duty.

More detailed specifications for the 2011 Ford F-250 Super Duty will be announced during the first quarter of 2010. Pricing won’t be announced until later in the year.

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