Ford invited Dad and I to come down to Regina for the day to see the unveiling of the new 2015 Ford F-450 Super Duty truck at the Regina Agribition. It’s the first time the truck has been seen in Canada so it was kind of a big deal.
It’s not the truck you get to drive back and forth to your office in. It’s the truck you use to work. It’s a big, strong tough truck that you make your living with. Well enough of the stock images from Ford, here is the truck in the wild.
“We’re here at the 2013 Agribition in the heart of Canadian Truck Country,” said Ryan Whitehead, Ford’s Product Marketing Manager, Trucks. “The Canadian Western Agribition is built on the ideals of leadership and innovation, values you can see at work in the powerful new Super Duty”
Of course I checked out the backseat (blame Jordon for the less than flattering photo)
As I mentioned before, it is a work truck but I was surprised not to find USB adapters and chargers back here. Considering that many people use their truck as their office, I expected to find more places to charge up devices back here. Maybe the production models will have them and the Platinum models do have two USB chargers and a SD card slot in the front.
It is roomy. Not that I am that tall yet but it is a spacious ride back here.
Up front, you’ll find wood grain trim on the door panels, instrument panel and center stack. The heated steering wheel is wrapped in leather, and the truck’s seats are covered with soft leather (the word Platinum is embroidered on the seat backs). Power adjustable pedals, power telescoping outside mirrors, a rear view camera system and remote start are all part of the Platinum package.
That is all pretty cool but I am really curious to know how a heated steering wheel feels. Like heated seats, it probably feels good on a cold day. Dad also brought up that if you have an injury or arthritis, a heated steering wheel could be very nice.
It has Ford SYNC with MyFord Touch. SYNC allows drivers to pair a cell phone, compatible bluetooth media players and USB compatible items and control them all with voice commands. Other features include 911 Assist, Vehicle Health Report, traffic alerts and business search which are voice controlled. Like other Ford cars, it is missing the backseat override controls that I have been asking for. Again if you are too annoying up front, control should go to the back.
MyTouch uses an 8-inch touch screen to display the back up camera screen, heat and A/C settings, radio controls and navigation. The screen was developed especially for the Super Duty, and engineers focused on providing a design that’s easy to use, even if drivers are wearing work gloves.
The truck has a new storage area on top of the dash, with two USB ports, an audio-video connections, SD card slot and a 12-volt charging port for cell phones and other digital devices
You really get an idea of how big it is when you see it beside this Ford Escape
You can see the guy polishing the finger prints off the truck. I am pretty sure you can order him as an extra factory option.
The photo of the 6.7 litre engine is a lot nicer than mine but yeah, this will pull almost anything you need and several things you don’t. According to the press release and the staff, this new engine is kind of a big deal.
A key Ford innovation on the original 6.7-litre Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel was its so-called reverse-flow layout. The advanced design places the exhaust inside the engine’s V-shape while the air intake is positioned on the outside of the V. This segment-exclusive design naturally improves a variety of attributes:
- Shorter airflow from the exhaust system to the turbocharger sitting between the engine’s cylinder banks improves turbo responsiveness – key to providing torque quickly to truck customers when they need it most
- Positioning the turbo inside the engine’s valley helps isolate the engine’s hottest temperatures, improving performance and efficiency, while also reducing noise, vibration and harshness
Ford engineers built upon the many benefits of this design as they upgraded the Power Stroke. One improvement is a larger GT37 turbocharger that replaces the previous GT32 model, enabling more airflow to the engine to produce more power beyond today’s 400 horsepower and 800 lb.-ft. of torque.
In case you can’t wait to buy a 2015 Ford F-450, you can look here for the Ford Canada Super Duties that are available now. Here is my photoset of the day on Flickr.