Ford F-350 Origins
While pre-1999 versions of the F-350 were outfitted with massive 7.3-liter V-8s and equipped with PowerStroke turbo diesel, they shared the same soft contoured appearance as the F-150. Beginning in 1999, Ford set the F-350 apart by christening it the Super Duty and outfitting it with a square-jawed front end and a formidable grille. The previous generation of the F-350 was available until 2007, and the most recent generation of the vehicle was introduced in 2008. About the Ford F-350
The Ford F-350 Super Duty is one of the heartiest vehicles in the full-size pickup market segment. It is available with a dual rear wheel option that provides greater stability for towing. However, even the non-dually version of the F-350 is one of the most impressive full-size pickups on the market. The F-350 is available in a range of body styles that include regular cab, extended cab, and crew cab. Drivers appreciate for F-350 for being comfortable and relatively easy to drive, despite its remarkable towing and hauling capabilities. Ford F-350 Features
The 2012 Ford F-350 Super Duty sports a trailer hitch and a frame that’s been beefed up from previous models. This larger frame effectively increases the big truck’s already impressive towing and hauling capacity.
The 2012 F-350 is available in three cab designs: regular, extended SuperCab and Crew Cab. It offers drivers the choice of two rear axle designs: single wheel or dually. Other options include a choice of either an eight-foot or six-foot nine-inch bed. The truck is available in four trim levels are: XL, XLT, Lariat and King Ranch. However, not all trim levels are available with every choice of cab, bed, or rear-axle.
The base model XL is equipped with 17-inch steel wheels, telescoping trailer mirrors, a tow package, air conditioning, vinyl upholstery and flooring, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and a radio with two speakers. Opting for the dually version of the XL will see the addition of running boards and a hydraulic jack.
The XLT version includes a Value package and a Power Equipment Group that are also both available as individual options on the XL. The Value package adds features such as cruise control, chrome bumpers, an improved sound system with four speakers, and a CD player. The Power Equipment Group package includes features such as keyless entry, power accessories, heated power mirrors, and integrated blind spot mirrors. Additional features included in the XLT version include cloth upholstery, rear privacy glass, carpeted floors, additional interior power points as well as an auxiliary audio jack.
The Lariat trim level is only available for the SuperCab and Crew Cab versions. It includes all the same features as the XLT versions in addition to parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, eight-way power front bucket seats, and leather upholstery. The Lariat version also boasts an improved eight-speaker sound system with satellite radio and 18-inch alloy wheels. The King Ranch version is like the Lariat but features unique exterior and interior trim details. It also boasts a rearview camera, rust-red leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and driver memory functions.
A 6.2-liter V-8 engine that’s rated at 385 horsepower powers all versions of the 2012 F-350 Super Duty. A turbocharged 6.7-liter diesel V-8 that’s capable of producing 400 horsepower is also an option. All versions of the truck feature a six-speed automatic transmission. The F-350 is available with either rear or all-wheel drive. Ford F-350 Evolution
The previous generation of the F-350 was produced between 1999 and 2007. Engine choices for this generation included a standard 5.4-liter V-8, a 6.8-liter V-10, and a 7.3-liter PowerStroke turbo diesel V-8. Transmission-wise, a five-speed manual was standard during this period but Ford also offered the option of a four-speed automatic.
Slight improvements were made over the years this generation was produced. These included the addition of standard four-wheel ABS for all trim levels in 2001 and the introduction of the optional FX4 off-road package in 2003.
The most recent generation of the F-350 was introduced in 2008. Models from this year onwards offer improved handling, nicer interiors, and better engines as well as exterior style revisions. Various additional features were introduced in 2009. These included Sync voice control systems, built-in computers with Internet capabilities, power telescoping side mirrors and the option of themed packages such as the Harley-Davidson package, which offered an abundance of exterior chrome and interior black leather.