Our test vehicle was the MY18 F350 SWB Crew Cab Platinum 4x4 pick-up, downrated to a 4490kg GVM rating (same as the F-250) to allow it to be driven with a normal car licence. According to Harrison, Ford achieves this by simply removing an additional booster spring and block in the rear suspension, resulting in the lower ratings. It was also fitted with Ford’s FX4 off-road option (rear diff lock, skid plates, special shocks, hill-descent control), bringing the drive-away price to an eye-watering $165,990.
The Platinum is one of six grades in the Super Duty range, and one of three only available in the Crew Cab, in which it represents the middle tier above King Ranch and below Limited. Although Harrison can import most of the Super Duty model grades, it claims the Platinum delivers the best ‘bang for buck’ in terms of features and trim level, riding on stylish 20-inch polished alloy wheels and LT245/75Rx17E all-terrain tyres with a full-size spare.
As you can imagine, the sumptuous Platinum has power everything and is loaded with features that are way too numerous to list here. Suffice to say, everywhere you look there’s conspicuous luxury, from the moment the concealed power-operated side-steps smoothly extend when you open the door, and then retract when you close it.
Inside is an 8.0-inch touchscreen for the SYNC3 voice-activated infotainment system with multiple connectivity options, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, premium leather seating (with heating, cooling and even massage for the front seats), a full-length panoramic sunroof, huge power-extendable door mirrors for towing (with built-in courtesy lights), power adjustable pedals and steering wheel (which is also heated), remote-opening tailgate with fold-out step, cameras everywhere for 360-degree coverage and even a wide choice of changeable colours for the ambient cabin lighting.
We could go on, but you get the picture. It’s magnificent excess in the true US tradition, where too much is never enough.