Ford introduced the 2023 Super Duty shortly after Chevy debuted its update Silverado HD. It’s no secret that the two American brands are engaged in a long-running competition over who sells the most trucks. Ford had the advantage in 2021 by selling 380,000 more trucks than ChevroletAnd it looks like the dominance will continue with the 2023 Ford Super Duty.
“Super Duty customers are the builders – the backbone of our communities and our economy,” said Jim Farley, Ford’s president and CEO. “We poured every ounce of know-how and creativity into developing their dream truck – smarter, more powerful, packed with features and smart technology.”
2023 Ford Super Duty: what’s new?
The Ford Super Duty 2023 is all-new from the ground up, representing the fifth generation of the brand’s backbone. It starts with a new frontage with distinctive C-shaped LED driving lights as in F-150 And the dissidentMost updates focus more on adding power under the hood and cool new technology. Ford has yet to reveal the horsepower, torque and towing numbers. However, it promises that all engines will deliver best-in-class numbers.
Gone is the base engine 6.2L V8 from the outgoing Super Duty. In its place is a more powerful 6.8-liter V8 that pumps out more low-end torque “to make it easier to start on steep slopes and integrate on the highway,” Ford said. Meanwhile, the 7.3-liter V8 has a revised air intake to produce what Ford hopes will be the most power and torque in its class.
Ford adds a 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel that can now last longer between oil changes, but what truly A completely new, high-output version of the mill’s 6.7-liter V8 diesel caught our attention. Ford claims that the hotrod diesel will boast the highest rates of horsepower and torque with a new turbocharger, updated exhaust manifolds, and custom ECU tuning. All-wheel drive is standard on XLT models and above, and all engine options receive a standard 10-speed TorqShift automatic transmission.
Updated towing techniques
Having more torque to move mountains is one thing, but confident drag is another. According to Ford, more than 96 percent of heavy-duty truck owners use their vehicles to tow heavy loads, so they made sure the 2023 Super Duty was equipped with stylish towing-related assist technologies. “Our goal was to leave no blind spots for drivers, even when towing the tallest trailers,” said Andrew Kernahan, Ford Super Duty 2023 chief engineer. “Connecting and towing has never been easier.”
The latest Ford Super Duty has a 360-degree trailer camera to provide a panoramic view of the trailer to eliminate blind spots while moving or maneuvering. There is also an attachable Blind Spot Information System for 5th wheel or bow head trailers. Meanwhile, onboard scales can estimate cargo weight in real time and show remaining capacity via the central touchscreen, in the taillights, or using the FordPass app.
Other noteworthy features include a tailgate sensor and reverse camera system, Pro Trailer Hitch Assist (which automatically supports the truck and aligns the tow ball with the trailer receiver), and a new trailer navigation feature that maps out the fastest and safest routes using the dimensions and weight of the trailer.
Safety comes first
The Ford Super Duty 2023 is home to a suite of advanced safety features and state-of-the-art driver assistance technology. It has a full-color head-up display (HUD), intelligent adaptive cruise control, lane centering, trailer theft alert, front and rear sensing systems, and front and rear brake assist. Meanwhile, a new fleet start-up prevention function allows Ford Pro customers to schedule timeframes in fleet operations.
The new Ford Super Duty is the first pickup with 5G capability using AT&T’s 5G network and 5G modem from Qualcomm Technologies. The system enables Wi-Fi connectivity for up to 10 devices for superior connectivity for work and play. Of course, 5G connectivity means that over-the-air updates are standard to improve the truck through software improvements over its usable life.
Seven grille designs
Ford was eager to distinguish each Super Duty 2023 model, so they created no fewer than seven new front grille designs to make each truck unique. Additionally, LED headlights are available across the lineup. We’re glad these long vents aren’t just a design touch as they improve the efficiency of the air truck by reducing air pressure inside the engine compartment.
On top of that, Ford offers the STX, Sport and Black look packages with a variety of paint, wheels and finishes to add a custom touch. New for 2023 is an XL Off-Road Package for the F-250 and F-350 that adds 33-inch zigzag tires, axle vent tubes, skid plates, a raised air dam, and an electronic rear differential lock. Finally, the Tremor Off-Road Package features bespoke suspension tuning (with the front end raised), a Dana front axle with LSD and vent tubes, 18-inch wheels wrapped in 35-inch Goodyear tires, and optional drive modes.
Inside, the new Super Duty gets an 8-inch (XL) infotainment screen and a 12-inch screen that’s available on higher trim models. The list of standard features includes a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, four USB ports, Ford’s Max Recline seats, a 640-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system with eight speakers (an 18-speaker B&O premium audio system is available), and Alexa connectivity.
2023 Ford Super Duty: Pricing and Availability
The Ford Super Duty 2023 will arrive at US dealers in early 2023. Other trim variants and features will start dropping by the spring of 2023. Pricing is still coming, but we estimate that the base XL will start at around $43,500 and go up to $96,000 up – Super Duty Ltd. of the line.
Alvin Reyes is an Automoblog columnist and expert on sports and performance cars. He studied civil aviation, aeronautics, and accounting in his younger years and is still very fond of his predecessor Lancer GSR and Galant SS. He also loves fried chicken, music and herbal medicine.
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