6 Cool Features of the New 2023 Ford F-Series Super Duty

The new 2023 Ford F-Series Super Duty is packed with new technology and useful features. We were able to give you a broad overview in our main Super Duty reveal post, but some of these features are worth diving into even more. So we give you: 6 cool features on the new Super Duty.

Beautiful new back door

It’s easy to focus on the Super Duty’s new, larger grilles and faces, but that would mean missing out on the fantastic (and not so) new features lurking in the rear. For starters, it’s rocking a new backup camera and sensor system the likes of which we’ve never seen on a truck before. Ford calls the new features “Tailgate Down Camera” and “Tailgate Down Reverse Sensing System.” No, they’re not catchy, but they explain exactly what’s going on.

For every new truck sold today, if you remove the tailgate, your backup camera becomes useless as it faces down to the ground. This is not a problem in most cases, but we can think of many where it is an inconvenience. For example, maybe you’re hauling a longer load that extends beyond the tailgate, requiring the tailgate to be open. Or maybe you’re backing up to connect to a gooseneck trailer. Both situations would have meant no backup camera and rear view system in the old Super Duty, but not anymore! Ford installed a secondary backup camera and secondary sensors at the top of the tailgate (seen in the photo at the top of this post) so that when you open it down, the experience is identical to what you might get with the tailgate up . And sure, it involves additional camera and sensor hardware (certainly adding cost), but it’s an innovative feature that solves a problem that many have just taken for granted.

More steps!

Great ideas for improving trucks are often seen and then copied by competitors, and the Super Duty’s new rear bumper and side steps are a perfect example. GM has offered a rear bumper and side steps on its pickup trucks for some time, and now Ford has them, too. This makes perfect sense – trucks (especially heavy duty trucks) are huge these days and you can’t just reach into the bed off the ground to pick things up. To make it easier for you to quickly access the bed without having to drop the tailgate and crawl in, Ford added steps on either side of the rear bumper and directly in front of the rear wheels to help you climb in. This means no more awkward climbing over the rear tire to quickly grab what you need. There’s even a little handle to grab onto the tailgate to make sure you don’t fall backwards while getting into the back of the truck.

Ford Pro Upfit Integration System

This idea is another unique feature for the Super Duty and takes advantage of the car’s infotainment technology in a new way. If you’re a Super Duty owner who uses upgrades and bodywork for work, this is one neat piece of technology. Aftermarket equipment manufacturers will be able to integrate their systems with the truck’s infotainment display, giving you access to controls for said equipment via the screen. For example, one could theoretically control the faucet functions using the infotainment system in the Super Duty.

The possibilities for it are essentially what people make of it. The cloud-based software on the facelift will need to be designed to integrate with Ford’s systems, which will then allow you to map the digital buttons to specific controls. Ford says the system even lets you program safety interlocks, so you could theoretically program the truck not to shift into drive with the lift boom up. We’re pretty excited to see what people end up using this technology for.

Navigation of trailers

Have you ever driven down a street or highway that didn’t fit your huge trailer? If that sounds like you, Ford says it has a solution called Trailer Navigation. New Super Duty owners will simply enter the dimensions of their trailer into the infotainment system, and Ford says the navigation will handle it from there. It has bridge heights, tight turns and other potential trailer hazards programmed into the navigation, so if your route goes through a problem area, it will automatically reroute you around it. We’ll have to test the navigation system ourselves to see how accurate and intelligent it is at routing around problem areas, but it’s a promising natural solution for those who frequently haul large loads.

F-150-derived downflow technology — Pro Power Onboard

The F-150 got these innovations first, but it’s still a big deal to see them on a Super Duty. The big one is the Pro Power Onboard. Ford has added its Pro Power Onboard generator system to the Super Duty and it is available at a power level of 2.0 kW. That’s not as impressive as the F-150 PowerBoost hybrid’s 2.4 kW and 7.2 kW systems, but it’s still enough to get a lot of work or play done. Just like the F-150, your exits are in the bed and inside the truck. For chassis cabs, however, Ford says the outlets can be mounted elsewhere with a special outlet mounting kit. Pro Power Onboard will be available on every trim level, but will be standard equipment on the Lariat and up.

On-board scales and intelligent towbar

There’s not much new here when it comes to the Super Duty application of the on-board scales and smart hitch, but it’s great to see Ford apply this technology to the Super Duty, where it will likely be used much more often than in the F-150. Ford says approximately 96 percent of Super Duty owners use their trucks to tow, so there’s no better way to make sure you’re doing it safely than with the Smart Towbar, which provides guidance on the trailer’s weight distribution. Ford also promises best-in-class payload, so you’ll be able to visually see how much weight can be adjusted in the bed with the Onboard Scales feature.

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