The OEM will offer an optional automatic regeneration inhibitor on its 2018 model dieselpowered units Photo Ford

The OEM will offer an optional automatic regeneration inhibitor on its 2018 model diesel-powered units. (Photo: Ford)

Ford upgrades 2018 medium-duty models

ESC and traction control brakes will become standard on all 2018 F-650 and F-750 tractor models.

Ford Motor Co. is making some upgrades to its 2018 model Class 6 and 7 medium-duty trucks, the F-650 and F-750, which can be ordered stating this summer with availability at dealerships expected by fall.

Completely redesigned by Ford in 2016, F-650 and F-750 units are available in straight-frame, kick-up frame Pro Loader and dedicated tractor configurations, with Regular Cab, SuperCab and Crew Cab body styles, along with a choice of either gasoline or diesel powertrains.

For the 2018 model year, Ford said it is making electronic stability control (ESC) and traction control brakes standard on all 2018 F-650 and F-750 tractor models, though the system will initially be optional on certain F-750 diesel air-braked straight trucks with high-center-of-gravity-body upfits.

For applications with high electrical demands – such as tow trucks, road service vehicles and other well-lit work trucks – the OEM is adding a high-output 240-amp alternator as an option with the 6.8-liter V10 gasoline powertrain.

Ordering the higher output alternator to power auxiliary lights and equipment can eliminate the need to specify a second alternator or generator, Ford said.

The OEM is also offering an optional automatic regeneration inhibitor on its 2018 model diesel-powered medium-duty trucks to give operators more control over when the engine goes into regeneration to clean the diesel particulate filter (DPF).

Finally, to limit potential hood wear and front-end collision damage, Ford is making available an optional bumper extension for the full-width front bumper from flush with the grille to three inches in front of it.

This provides additional protection to the grille and components behind it in case of a collision, potentially reducing repair expenses, the OEM said.

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