Ford Adds Functional Improvements to 2018 F-650 and F-750
Stability Control, Regen Inhibitor, Bumper Extension Improve Medium-Duty Trucks
Ford will give the F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks extra features for 2018, aimed at improving productivity and driveability. The alterations may seem minor, but they’re based on feedback Ford received from customers, meaning the changes have real-world usability baked right in.
Now offered as standard equipment on F-650 and F-750 tractors, stability and traction control brakes help the driver keep the truck on the straight and narrow. The system will be optional on the F-750 straight truck fit with the Power Stroke diesel engine and air brakes, as that model is often paired with an upfit body that has a high center of gravity.
Also on offer is a 240-amp alternator, available on the 6.8L gasoline V-10. The alternator’s increased output provides added power to accessories and auxiliary lights, possibly eliminating the need for a second alternator or separate generator.
On trucks with the 6.7L Power Stroke engine, Ford will now offer an automatic regeneration inhibitor. This optional feature gives the operator the ability to force-delay the engine’s regen cycles that clean the diesel particulate filter. The inhibitor allows the operator to determine when a regen cycle would be most effective and convenient, such as when running down the highway in between jobs.
In addition to those mechanical changes, Ford will also offer a variety of features that improve convenience and increase uptime. An optional bumper extension moves the front bumper 3 inches forward, helping prevent damage to the grille and components behind it in the event of a collision. Additionally, on the diesel truck, Ford relocated the dipsticks for engine oil and transmission fluid, making them easier to access without climbing onto the truck. (The gas engine’s trans fluid dipstick was already accessible from “ground level.”)