Monday 24 October 2016
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2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty Goes All-Aluminum

2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty Goes All-Aluminum

Ford is unveiling its all-new 2017 F-Series Super Duty lineup and yes, it’s getting the all-aluminum treatment. Ford says the result is a lighter, stronger heavy-duty truck lineup that delivers the most powerful towing ability ever. Not to mention it features 16 class-exclusive new features and up to seven cameras.

“Ford Super Duty is the truck America’s hardest-working men and women trust and depend on,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas. “We are helping these customers build a better world by delivering a new generation of pickups that set new benchmarks in capability, performance and efficiency.”

For the first time the 2017 F-Series Super Duty is made 95 percent of an all-new, high-strength steel frame and along with it a high strength military-grade aluminum-allow body. Together, the new frame and body materials make the truck up to 350 pounds lighter depending on the model.  It gets stronger axles, springs and suspensions as well.

“As we remove weight, we’re making Super Duty more productive by giving our customers better towing and payload capability,” said Craig Schmatz, Super Duty chief engineer. “We’re backing up improved capability with a stronger gasoline and diesel Super Duty engine lineup.”

Under the hood, the 2017 F-Series Super Duty comes with several engine choices: the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel, the 6.8-liter V10 gasoline or 6.2-liter V8.

Towing is of course a biggie with the Super Duty. Ford is using all-new advanced coaching and camera technology makes conventional and gooseneck/fifth-wheel towing easier and more efficient than ever. As many as seven cameras help customers see more angles and monitor conditions surrounding the truck.

A center high-mounted stop lamp camera provides visibility into the cargo box, especially for easier hook-up of gooseneck/fifth-wheel trailers. A 360-degree camera system uses four digital, high-definition cameras to give the driver a bird’s-eye view surrounding Super Duty. Trailer reverse guidance provides visual cues and tips to help ease backing up a trailer. A first-ever, factory-available trailer camera can be attached to a trailer to improve visibility backing up.

In all, there are 16 segment-first new features – from LED lighting to adaptive cruise control – that assist Super Duty drivers. One of them is an in-cab trailer tire pressure monitoring system from the comfort of the cab while stopped or on the highway.

“While Super Duty is America’s best-selling heavy-duty truck, we never take our leadership for granted,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development and chief technical officer. “Our team is using relentless innovation in materials, technology and Built Ford Tough engineering to deliver customers our best Super Duty yet.”

There are five models in the Super Duty lineup – XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum.

The all-new Super Duty will be built at Kentucky Truck Plant, and goes on sale late next year.

Photo Credit: Ford