Ford’s F-450 Ups Ante in Pickup Towing War
When it comes to heavy-duty pickups, performance is the name of the game — and towing capacity is the ultimate yardstick.
Automotive News reported that in new commercials appearing this fall, Ford will claim its biggest pickup, the F-450, is capable of a best-in-class towing capacity of 31,200 pounds, an increase of 6,500 pounds over that of the current model.
That claim one-ups Chrysler Group’s Ram brand, which surprised rivals in January 2013 with a 30,000-pound towing rating for its 3500 heavy-duty, up from 22,750 pounds.
Ford, in the new commercials, also will claim that its 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel engine will crank out a best-in-class 440 hp and 860 pounds-feet of torque, up from 400 hp and 800 pounds-feet of torque for 2014 models.
The commercials, which will feature pitchman Denis Leary, will coincide with the kickoff of the college football season, according to Doug Scott, Ford truck marketing manager. The 2015 F-450 is going on sale this week. The 2015 F-250 and F-350 trucks have been on sale for a couple of months.
The Ford commercials are the latest salvo in the pickup towing war. The waters have been muddied because manufacturers have tested their trucks according to their own procedures and not a common industry towing standard, making it difficult to compare towing on an apples-to-apples basis.
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