Godzilla Goes to Work, Triton Kicked to Curb in Ford's Revamped Commercial Range

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
godzilla goes to work triton kicked to curb in fords revamped commercial range

While you’re mourning the loss of the Chevrolet Cruze, pour one out for Ford’s 6.8-liter Triton V10 engine. The mill, which once transported full-size families to vacay destinations under the hood of the Excursion, is a goner once Ford completes the revamp of its medium-duty trucks and E-Series. In its place is a monster pushrod V8 dubbed Godzilla, also bound for the 2020 Super Duty line.

The automaker provided a peak at the next generation of its largest vehicles Tuesday, announcing a new entry at the same time — the superest of the Super Duty clan.

Ford’s new 7.3-liter gasoline V8 offers a familiar displacement for Ford’s big trucks, but that old engine was a diesel. For now, the Blue Oval’s keeping its power specs under wraps, but it outpowers the Triton V10 engine it replaces. Same goes for the updated 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel V8 available as an option across its commercial vehicle lineup, which is said to offer more power than the previous unit’s 450 hp and 935 lb-ft.

Besides updated powertrains and new tech content, Ford’s medium-duty line (F-650, F-750) gains a new entry for 2020 that’s something of a tweener: a chassis-cab truck that offers a Class 6 gross vehicle weight rating (22,000 lbs) in a Class 5 package. Ford upgraded an F-550 Super Duty to handle the extra load, calling it the F-600.

Built to appeal to buyers who want more capability with less size, the F-600 carries a standard 6.2-liter V8 (2019 specs are 385 hp and 430 lb-ft), with the 7.3-liter and 6.7-liter diesel available. The only transmission is a 10-speed automatic.

For 2021, F-650 and F-750 (plus stripped-chassis offerings) carry either of the two engines, mated to a six-speed automatic. A revamped instrument panel, a stereo with Bluetooth functionality, and USB ports round out the changes inside the cabin, and the same goes for the E-Series cutaways and stipped-chassis models.

While all of Ford’s big guys carry modems with 4G LTE Wi-Fi as standard kit, fleet managers can keep closer tabs on their crews with optional Ford Telematics and Ford Data Services. Ford Co-Pilot360 safety features like automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning are optional across the lineup, though traction control, hill start assist, and auto headlamps are standard.

Deliveries of the F-600 are expected in mid 2020, with medium-duty trucks and E-Series platforms arriving around that time.

[Images: Ford]

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  • Hummer Hummer on Mar 06, 2019

    I’m ready to see the numbers on this engine, the 8.1L had 450-455ft-lbs 15 years ago. Anything over 500ft-lbs I think will be a winner. I don’t think that’s a very far stretch to get over that 500 mark. 550 ft-lbs would put a lot of pressure on the competition and really cause a LOT of buzz for enthusiasts and a lot of good press. I don’t expect to see 600, not just because that’s a pretty far stretch for the displacement but also because 600ft-lbs would cannibalize the Diesel sales heavily. The Hemi 6.4L is at 429 ft-lbs The Chevy 6.6L gasser is 464 ft-lbs Let’s see this thing Ford!

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    • JimZ JimZ on Mar 07, 2019

      @Erikstrawn those were "SAE gross" hp/torque ratings, which were grossly overblown. real world (net) was more like 365-375 lb-ft.

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Mar 07, 2019

    Tweeners are allowed now? F-100, please.

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    • Cdotson Cdotson on Mar 07, 2019

      @DenverMike Probably the folks that build all the custom F-650s... f650pickups.com

  • Jeff S I am not a fan of Tesla and they were niche vehicles but it seems that they have become more common. I doubt if I get an EV that it would be a Tesla. The electrical grid will have to be expanded because people over the long run are not going to accept the excuse of the grid can't handle people charging their EVs.
  • AMcA The '70 Continentals and Town Cars may have been cousins to the standard body Fords and Mercurys, they didn't have to be disguised, because they had unique, unbelievably huge bodies of their own. Looking at the new 1970 interior, I'd say it was also a cost savings in sewing the seat. Button tufted panels like the 1969 interior had require a lot of sewing and tufting work. The 1970 interior is mostly surface sewing on a single sheet of upholstery instead of laboriously assembled smaller pieces. FINALLY: do I remember correctly that the shag carpet shown under these cars was a Photoshop? They didn't really go so peak '70s as to photograph cars on shag carpets, did they?
  • Inside Looking Out Toyota makes mass market cars. Their statement means that EVs are not mass market yet. But then Tesla managed to make mass market car - Mode; 3. Where I live in CA there are more Tesla Model 3s on streets than Corollas.
  • Ltcmgm78 A lot of dirt must turn before there's an EV in every driveway. There must be a national infrastructure plan written by other than politicians chasing votes. There must be reliable batteries that hopefully aren't sourced from strategic rivals. There must be a way to charge a lot of EVs. Toyota is wisely holding their water. There is a danger in urging unplanned and hasty moves away from ICE vehicles. Do we want to listen to unending speeches every election cycle that we are closer than we have ever been to 100% electrification and that voting for certain folks will make it happen faster? Picture every car in your town suddenly becoming all electric and a third of them need a charge or the driver will be late for work. This will take a lot of time and money.
  • Kendahl One thing I've learned is that cars I buy for local errands tend to be taken on 1,000 mile trips, too. We have a 5-speed Focus SE that has gone on longer trips than I ever expected. It has served us well although, if I had it to do over again, I would have bought an ST. At the time of purchase, we didn't plan to move from 1,000 feet elevation to 6,500. The SE is still adequate but the ST's turbo and extra power would have been welcome.