2013 Ford F-150: Changes to the 2013 Ford F-150 include a new front-end design, new grille, high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, 18-in. and 20-in. wheels with various trim packages, and power-telescoping and power-folding trailer-tow sideview mirrors.
GM’s 2013 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra 2500 HD equipped with the bi-fuel package come with a Vortec 6.0L V8 engine that seamlessly transitions between the two fuels, with a single lightweight Type 3 tank in the bed maximizing available payload and bed space.Both vans are available in regular 135-in. and extended 155-in. wheelbase lengths, with models rated at 7,300 lb, 8,600 lb, and 9,600 lb GVWR; vans at the heaviest end of the GVWR spectrum will be offered with either a 6.0L V8 gasoline engine or the Duramax 6.6L diesel engine.
2013 eStar Class 2c-3
While the base design for International’s eStar Class 2c-3 all-electric truck won’t undergo any changes for the 2013 model year, it’s going to be central to a broader strategy to bring electrified commercial vehicles to urban centers across the United States. The truck is built by the Navistar-Modec EV Alliance.
2013 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter VansFew, if any, changes have been announced for 2013 model-year Sprinter vans, with a lineup that still consists of the cargo van, passenger van, minibus, cab chassis, and crew van, which seats five with remaining interior room for cargo.
2013: Nissan NV200 The NV200 joins Nissan’s NV cargo full-sized van and its full-sized NV passenger van introduced earlier this year. Nissan points out there won’t be any major changes to those two existing models for the 2013 model year, with only exterior color options shifting to red, white, and dark blue. All options and specs for the NV cargo and passenger vans remain the same from the 2012 model year.
Chrysler’s Ram Trucks division has overhauled the Ram 1500 pickup for the 2013 model year, offering a pair of retooled engines connected to a new 8-speed automatic transmission dubbed the TorqueFlite 8. The new transmission, which replaces the 4-speed model, is said to improve fuel economy without sacrificing power.
Few changes are in the works for Toyota’s Tundra full-size pickup for the 2013 model year. The company says it plans to remain focused on offering simplified option packages, which it first rolled out for the 2012 model year. Among those option packages is the “work truck” configuration.
Ford Motor Co.’s medium-duty lineup for the 2013 model year will feature a gasoline powertrain spec for the F-650 truck. It includes the 6.8L, 375-hp V10 Triton engine, which cranks out 457 lb-ft of torque, and a 6-speed 6R140 automatic transmission with double overdrive gears. The transmission is the same one used in the diesel-powered version of the F-650, the OEM notes. It is capable of running on gasoline, CNG, or propane.
Freightliner Trucks has introduced what it calls the SmartPlex electrical system for both its Freightliner 114SD and Business Class M2 models. The OEM says the new electrical system provides “unmatched flexibility” for truck-equipment manufacturers (TEMs) when configuring a truck to a specific body installation.
The major change for the 2013 model year coming from Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC) is the introduction of the S2G chassis, which provides a factory-installed liquid petroleum gas or propane-powered engine package available to the medium-duty market.
New for the 2013 model year from Hino Trucks USA is the Class 5 cabover engine (COE) Model 195, available with either a diesel or diesel-electric hybrid powertrain. The 19,500-lb GVW truck comes powered with a 5L J05E Series diesel engine generating 210 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque. The J05E engine, which is equipped with a selective catalytic reduction emissions control system, is matched with an Aisin 6-speed automatic transmission.
Navistar International’s introduction of a 4×4 version of its International TerraStar medium-duty truck last year helped fill in some gaps for customers looking for additional options from the work truck. According to the OEM, International is now offering a wider range of alternative-fueled vehicles for the medium-duty market. These include the International DuraStar Hybrid and a DuraStar model powered by either a compressed (CNG) or liquefied (LNG) natural gas powertrain.
Changes are slated for certain Isuzu Commercial Truck of America’s N-Series low cab forward (LCF) trucks for the 2013 model year. For starters, the Isuzu NPR gas model will be available with a three-person standard cab or seven-passenger crew cab rated at 12,000 lb GVW. It will be powered by a 6.0L Vortex V8 gasoline engine, delivering 297 hp and 372 lb-ft of torque that is mated to a 6L90 Hydra-Matic 6-speed automatic with double overdrive. Body payload allowance for the 2013 NPR gas runs between 6,186 lb and 6,994 lb with wheelbase options running between 109 in. and 176 in.
Kenworth Truck has expanded its medium-duty line with the new K270 Class 6 and K370 Class 7 cabovers, both of which are targeted at urban-delivery applications. According to the OEM, applications for the K270 and K370 include buyers that require a highly maneuverable truck capable of carrying 18-ft to 26-ft van bodies, stake beds, or roll-on/roll-off beds. KW notes that the 63.4-in. BBC of both trucks provides a 55° wheel cut for “excellent maneuverability.”
For the 2013 model year, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America (MFTA) is introducing a new Canter low cab forward (LCF) lineup, which is already in production. In addition to the five colors MFTA has traditionally offered, the 2013 Canter can be ordered in solid black, which should help some customers from having to paint the cabs to match their company colors.
Peterbilt Motors has announced new design enhancements for its medium-duty cabover Model 210 and Model 220, which serve the Class 6-7 market. The OEM says the cabover design pairs a lightweight chassis and frame rail with a strategically positioned electrical system to optimize body installation and increase payload capacity. The Models 210 and 220 use selective catalytic reduction exhaust-aftertreatment technology and are EPA 2010 emissions-compliant. In addition, the trucks are available with an Allison 2100 Series automatic transmission, which Pete says helps provide a smooth, comfortable ride.
After making some changes to its Ram 4500 and 5500 medium-duty (Class 4 and 5) chassis cab for the 2012 model year, few alterations accompany the 2013 model year. As part of a “max tow” package introduced last year, Chrysler boosted the GCWR of its Ram 4500/5500 chassis cab for both regular and crew cab models and in 4×2 and 4×4 configurations. The package includes a new transfer case gear set, chain and sprocket upgrades, recalibrated transmission software, and an enhanced collection of thermal management devices.
The newest addition to Smith Electric Vehicle’s line of all-electric commercial vehicles is the Newton step van. The vehicle, built on the company’s Class 4-7 Newton platform, is configured with a walk-in body provided by Utilimaster. Smith Electric says the Newton step van will offer a GVW of 14,000 lb to 26,000 lb with a top speed of 55 mph and range of 40 miles to 100 miles on a single charge, depending on how the vehicle is operated. The company adds that the step vans are expected to be deployed in select U.S. markets throughout the remainder of this year.
Not much is going to change for the 2013 models produced by UD Trucks North America (UDTNA), a subsidiary of Sweden’s Volvo Group. Last year, UDTNA added a rear engine-mounted power take-off unit as a dealer-installed option. The company now offers seven different models in the U.S. market with GVWs ranging from 17,995 lb all the way up to 32,900 lb (UD1800, UD2000, UD23DH, UD23LP, UD2600, UD26LP, and UD3300).
Workhorse Custom Chassis, a Navistar company, has added no new models since its launch two years back of its W62 step van chassis. That chassis is powered by a GM Vortec 6L gasoline engine that the OEM says delivers better than a 20% fuel economy gain over the larger Vortec 8.1L engine it replaced. The engine uses variable valve timing (VVT) to enable the powertrain to take advantage of late-intake valve closing for greater efficiency, says Workhorse. The 6.0L powerplant is mated to the Allison 1000 HS automatic transmission. The W62 chassis ratings range from 19,500 lb to 23,500 lb GVW. The W62 is also offered with the International MaxxForce 7 diesel.
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