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Preview: 2011 Ford Super Duty pickup

Consumer Reports News: September 30, 2009 11:01 AM

Ford introduced a redesigned version of its Super Duty pickup trucks at the Texas State Fair in Dallas. Super Duty trucks range from the ¾-ton F-250 all the way up to the mighty F-550.

The redesigned Super Duties offer a choice of either a 6.2-liter gasoline V8, or an all new 6.7-liter turbocharged diesel V8.

The gas V8 has variable-valve timing and twin spark plugs and will run on either gas or E85 ethanol. The turbodiesel uses a new compacted graphite iron cylinder block and a new type of turbocharger with a two-sided compressor and variable nozzle for quicker power delivery. It incorporates new diesel emissions control technologies including urea injection and is certified to run on up to 20 percent biodiesel.

The Super Duty line also uses a new wide-ratio six-speed automatic transmission, mated to either engine. Ford claims this gives the diesel best-in-class fuel economy, but when we tested a 2008 version, we found it got only 10 mpg overall, the worst of three diesel-powered ¾-ton domestic pickups.

A new customizable LCD screen can be configured to display gauges, the trip computer, or a series of data on off-road driving and towing, such as turning radius or preset towing parameters for multiple trailers.

Of course the Super Duty also offers Ford’s Sync and MyKey systems. It goes on sale in next spring.

For more on the Ford Super Duty and other new vehicles coming soon, see our New Car Preview section.

Eric Evarts

   

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