PowerBlock Report: Ford introduces Special Service Vehicle Package

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Ford unveiled a new package for the F-150, the SSV, or Special Service Vehicle package. It allows the 2013 F-150 to do more and is aimed at government, municipal and commercial fleets, Ford said via twitter.

Ford says there are no restrictions on F-150 optional content so that the needs of demanding, heavy-duty jobs can be met, from tires to interior conveniences.

Seating is 40/20/40, with center console omitted for extra in-cab space for special equipment or firearms. Also, a no-charge option package is available, and it includes a high-capacity 220-amp alternator.

To help reduce the cost of gas, the SSV will have the 6-speed automatic, with a choice of the EcoBoost 3.5-liter V6 or 5.0-liter V8.

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PowerBlock TV’s American Auto News: Was the 2015 Ford Mustang spotted? Also, what’s new for Dodge?

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Several online sources are reporting the rumors of changes to some popular muscle cars.

Ford

One online magazine reported seeing the 2015 Mustang, saying it will be the first to receive an independent rear suspension, and have a smaller and lighter feel. The 3.7-liter V-6 and the 5.0-liter V-8 will be staying, but there’s a rumor of direct injection for the 5.0. And for those of you who want more under the hood, the so-called Coyote V-8 will power the high-performance Mustangs.

Dodge

No one knows what’s expected for the 2014 Dodge Challenger, but rumors are already circulating that it could be based on the “same DNA” as the Chrysler 300, meaning it could keep its same large size.

A new Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 are coming for 2016 and 2017, respectively. The two will share standard rear-wheel drive and an optional advance all-wheel drive systems, as well as engines and transmissions. Each will continue to offer V6 and V8 engines (perhaps versions of the Pentastar V6 and Hemi V8).

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Ford’s 2013 F-150 brings competition to Ram 1500

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The 2013 RAM 1500 will have a some competition this fall when Ford comes out with their 2013 F-150. During a meeting of the Future Farmers of America in Texas, Ford showed off the updated F-150.

Some of the changes Ford made to their best selling truck include a new Limited luxury package, and all trim levels received cosmetic changes to the front end and better connectivity inside. The MyFord Touch system will also be included in the four luxury models, a first for the F-150.

Ford says its turbocharged Ecoboost V6 engine will be available on more trims, as well as its 6.2-liter V8 engine.

New high-density discharge headlamps, more interior and exterior colors, and new wheels are also available.

Official specs on GM’s Silverado and Sierra models haven’t been released, but both are rumored to be lighter for fuel efficiency and have a new direct-injection V8.

Pricing will be announced closer to the fall.

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