Rumor has it that the long-awaited Ford Super Chief might finally make its way to production. Based on the F-250 pickup truck, the Super Chief was first revealed back in 2006 with the revolutionary tri-flex fueling system under its hood. The idea behind this concept was to offer a truck that uses three different fuels including gasoline, hydrogen and E85 ethanol. This interesting concept was also the first to announce Ford’s shift towards aluminum-based trucks that eventually resulted in the arrival of the 2015 F-150 riding on an all-aluminum platform. Some of the recent developments hint at a possibility that we could get to see the Super Chief as a production-ready model in the very near future.
Design and Features
The Ford Super Chief sports a bold and imposing front fascia. It takes its inspiration from the Super Chief locomotives of the past. Although based on the F-250, the Super Chief comes with a uniquely styled body and a bevy of upscale styling cues. With its aluminum body and numerous chrome accents, this amazing truck boasts a futuristic design like no other in this segment. Of course, it will be interesting to see how much of this bold styling will be applied in the production-ready model. Inside the cabin, the Super Chief offers some of the F-Series’ luxurious features such as the King Ranch equipment package. So, the upcoming model will be replete with high-quality materials including lush leather, wood inserts and brushed aluminum. On top of that, expect it to feature Ford’s most advanced technological solutions such as the latest infotainment system and a slew of convenience amenities.
Ford Super Chief Specs
When it was first revealed in 2006, the Super Chief concept previewed the hydrogen fuel cell technology that seemed to be a part of pretty distant future at the time. However, hydrogen-powered models like the new Toyota Mirai have recently broken the ice when it comes to this environmentally friendly technology. In addition to the aforementioned zero-emissions powertrain, the Ford Super Chief’s tri-flex fueling system incorporates a 6.8-liter SOHC 30-valve V10 engine that can be powered by gasoline or E85 ethanol fuel. The system provides a 500-mile range, while the supercharger is activated only when the hydrogen fuel cell is powering the truck. The system’s net output is estimated at 550 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque, with the top speed reaching 180 mph. Compared to the conventional engine, the hydrogen fueling system boasts 99 percent less CO2 emissions as well as fuel efficiency increased by 12 percent.
The launch of the Ford Super Chief will be eagerly awaited by pickup truck enthusiasts all around the globe. In case Ford’s engineers manage to apply some of its groundbreaking technology in the upcoming model, the Super Chief could bring a revolution to the pickup truck segment.