Ford is expanding its luxury Platinum Edition truck lineup, formerly only available on F-150 pickups, to 2013 F-250, F-350 and F-450 Super Duty crew cab trucks.
Ford’s Super Duty lineup has always had a reputation for delivering rugged work trucks, but a growing number of today’s owners are using their trucks for both work and play, and want a pickup with the latest technology and a comfortable, luxurious interior. A hefty number of heavy duty pickup trucks are used for hauling large fifth wheel campers or horse trailers, and for those owners, a truck is their home-away-from-home, making comfort a priority. Platinum edition trucks provide luxury and utility in one package.
2013 Super Duty Platinum’s Exterior
On the outside, the Super Duty Platinum Edition is fitted with chrome door handles, running boards, mirror caps and exhaust tips. The grille has a satin chrome surround, with perforated mesh inside. Platinum Super Duty logos ride on the tailgate and both sides of the truck’s bed. Super Duty’s twenty-inch polished aluminum wheels are accented with black inserts.
The Platinum Super Duty is available in five colors for 2013: Ruby Red, Tuxedo Black, Kodiak Brown, White Platinum and Ingot Silver.
2013 Super Duty Platinum’s Interior
Once inside the truck, you’ll find wood grain trim on the door panels, instrument panel and center stack. The heated steering wheel is wrapped in leather, and the truck’s seats are covered with soft leather (the word Platinum is embroidered on the seat backs). Power adjustable pedals, power telescoping outside mirrors, a rear view camera system and remote start are all part of the Platinum package.
The centerpiece of the truck’s interior is Ford SYNC with MyFord Touch, both new to the lineup for 2013. SYNC allows drivers to pair a cell phone, compatible bluetooth media players and USB compatible items and control them all with voice commands. Other features include 911 Assist, Vehicle Health Report, traffic alerts and business search, all voice controlled.
MyTouch uses an 8-inch touch screen to display the back up camera screen, heat and A/C settings, radio controls and navigation. The screen was developed especially for the Super Duty, and engineers focused on providing a design that’s easy to use, even if drivers are wearing work gloves.
The truck has a new storage area on top of the dash, with two USB ports, an audio-video connections, SD card slot and a 12-volt charging port for cell phones and other digital devices.
2013 Platinum Super Duty Capabilities
The Platinum Edition has all of the normal Super Duty capabilities, including a choice of the 6.2 liter gas engine (385 horsepower and 405 pound feet of torque) or the 6.7 liter Power Stroke turbo diesel (400 horsepower and 800 pound feet of torque). A six speed TorqShift automatic transmission is the only transmission available for the Super Duty (and does the job nicely).
More About the Platinum Truck Lineup:
- 2013 Ford Super Duty trucks are available in 2WD or 4WD.
- All Super Duty pickup trucks have 4-wheel disc brakes.
- Conventional towing capabilities range from 12,200 pounds to 17,500 pounds, depending on equipment.
- Fifth wheel towing ratings range from 12,200 pounds to 24,700 pounds, depending on equipment.
If you’re looking for a workhorse pickup truck that’s built to last, but is equipped with an interior that feels and looks like what you expect to find in a luxury car, you should plan to take a close look at the 2013 Ford Super Duty Platinum Edition.
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