Cleveland, Ohio – Seeking the Goldilocks “just right” ideal between its largest commercial vehicles, Ford Motor Co. is launching the F-600 truck to fit between the F-550 made from the F-Series Super Duty platform and the F-650 made from its medium-duty chassis family.
The F-600 will offer more weight capacity than the F-550 despite using the same basic frame. The new truck will come out of Ford’s Ohio Assembly Plant near Cleveland, a facility that makes the F-650, F-750, cutaway versions of commercial vans, and some F-550 models. The company’s Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville makes the rest of the Super Duty lineup and most F-550 models.
The F-600 will fill a 2,500 lb gap in Ford’s gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) lineup. F-550 GVWR is 17,500 lb to 19,500 lb. F-650 is good for 22,000 lb to 27,600 lb. F-600 splits the difference at 19,500 lb to 22,000 lb.
With Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)’s expansions to the Ram Heavy Duty line and General Motors launching updated commercial Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra models, competition in Class 3 through Class 6 trucks is getting fierce. Ford officials say the lineup expansion will help the company attract buyers with specialized needs.
F-600 can be ordered in early 2020 and will be available in mid-2020. It will come with either a 7.3L V8 gasoline engine or 6.7L V8 diesel, both mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
About the author: Robert Schoenberger is the editor of Today's Motor Vehicles and a contributor to Today's Medical Developments and Aerospace Manufacturing and Design. He has written about the automotive industry for more than 18 years at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio; The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky; and The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi.