Truck War Continues – Car Pro News

The State Fair of Texas can only mean one thing: which automaker can out-truck the other.
Ford is casting one of the first stones — a new F-150 King Ranch. It has a new grille, 20-inch wheels, special King Ranch chrome and lots and lots of leather.
“While others are just starting to understand the appeal of Texas innovation and luxury, we’re proud to have worked with our longtime partners at King Ranch who helped define both,” said Ford General Marketing Manager Dave Mondragon in a statement. “The latest F-150 King Ranch extends this honor and tradition.”
The 2013 comes with a choice of 5-liter V-8 or 3.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost six-cylinder engine that has defied even Ford’s own predictions about its popularity.
By the way, there really is a King Ranch. It covers 1,300 miles of Texas and there are 260 Ford pickups that roam it.
Then comes Ram, Chrysler says its new 2013 Ram Heavy Duty has a new best-in-class towing capability, best-in-class torque, more horsepower and better fuel economy.
It is due to improvements in the 6.7-liter Cummins turbo diesel, which produces 370 horsepower and 850 foot-pounds of torque. The standard 5.7-liter gas Hemi V-8 delivers 383 horsepower and 400 foot-pounds of torque.
“Ram Truck has taken a big step forward in capability while improving cost of ownership and efficiency,” said Fred Diaz, CEO of Chrysler Group’s truck division, in a statement. “The 2013 Ram Heavy Duty allows you to push and pull more than any competitor, and the truck looks great doing it with new exterior design cues and an all-new interior featuring our latest technology.”
So how much can it pull? A new conventional trailer hitch system is upgraded to Class 5 with a 17,000-pound load capability and 1,800 pounds of tongue weight for use with 2-inch or 2.5-inch receiver hitches.


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