According to Ford, the 2021 Ford F-600 Super Duty chassis cab is a Class 5 truck offering more capabilities than its F-550 Super Duty without pushing into the larger Class 6 category.
Slotted between the F-550 Super Duty and the F-650 Pro Loader Medium Duty, the F-600 has the familiar size, interior, and controls of an F-550, according to the company. It uses higher-capacity wheels and tires, upgraded driveshaft mounts, an upgraded rear axle, more robust brake rotor materials and strategically placed frame reinforcements behind the cab.
The Ford medium-duty truck has a 6.7-liter V8 Power Stroke diesel, a gooseneck towing capacity of 34,500 pounds, and a maximum GCWR of 43,000 pounds. The 330-horsepower diesel provides 825 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,000 rpm, which the company says permits the chassis to handle heavier bodies and equipment and tow larger loads than other Super Duty chassis cabs its size.
“For years, many of our utility, towing and oil/gas service fleet customers have spec’ed all the possible upgrades on their F-550 chassis cabs to avoid having to step up to a traditional Class 6 truck, but they’ve still pushed the limits of what a Class 5 truck can do,” said Nathan Oscarson, Ford commercial truck brand manager, in a prepared statement. “Now those fleets are moving into F-600 to get the increased payload and GCWR they’ve needed all along in a truck that fits.”
The Ford TorqShift 10-speed automatic transmission comes with a 10-bolt design live drive power takeoff (PTO) provision standard on both the 7.3-liter V8 gasoline and 6.7-liter V8 diesel powertrains. The power takeoff provision works with aftermarket power takeoff units to drive auxiliary equipment anytime the engine is running, either in stationary or mobile mode at any vehicle speed. In stationary mode, it is rated to handle up to 300 lb.-ft. of torque. An F-600 equipped with the diesel engine offers split-shaft PTO capability that makes it possible to run two pieces of auxiliary equipment at the same time when the vehicle is stopped.
The Class 5 truck is available in regular cab configuration with a choice of four wheelbases, two-wheel or four-wheel drive, and three fuel tank configurations. It ready for upfits, with six factory-installed overhead upfitter switches, a programmable upfitter interface module, and the same cab-to-axle dimension as F-550.
Connectivity comes standard with a 4G LTE embedded modem that provides an available Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 10 devices. The modem also facilitates the use of Ford Telematics from Ford Commercial Solutions, so fleet customers can monitor their fleets with GPS tracking and geofencing, receive live vehicle health alerts to plan and limit downtime, set reminders for vehicle service, analyze driver behavior, and help manage fuel usage to potentially reduce costs.
Ford Commercial Solutions also offers Ford Data Services, which provides OEM-grade data from Ford commercial vehicles for integration with proprietary software or existing authorized telematics providers, without the need for third-party plug-in devices.