All-Aluminum 2017 Ford Super Duty Can Tow/Haul More

Ford Motor Co. says its new aluminum-bodied Super Duty chassis cab is more capable than the its steel-bodied predecessor.

The Dearborn automaker revealed the 2017 Super Duty chassis cab’s best-in-class front gross axle weight rating and best-in-class gross combined weight rating are both better than the current model. And the truck’s new 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 diesel engine has more horsepower and torque than the previous version.

The announcement was made at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indiana.

“Commercial truck customers need tough, capable trucks that can haul heavy equipment to crush challenging jobs,” said Craig Schmatz, Ford Super Duty chief engineer. “The innovations our team has put into the next-generation Super Duty chassis cab are paying off by delivering capability that surpasses the competition.”

Ford said the 2017 Super Duty chassis cab will get a front gross axle weight rating of up to 7,500 pounds — 500 more pounds than the current model — to help it with tasks like carrying bigger snowplows, taller utility buckets or other body upfits.

The combined weight of the truck and everything it can tow and haul is up to 40,000 pounds — 5,000 more pounds than the current model.

The 6.7-liter V-8 diesel engine will get 330 horsepower and 750 pound-feet of torque. That’s 30 more horsepower and 90 more pound-feet of torque than the current trucks. The Super Duty pickup engine will have different engine power numbers, Ford said.

The automaker in January said it was adding chassis cab capacity to its Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake.

Ford’s all-new Super Duty will go on sale late in 2016 as a 2017 model. It’s the first major update since the truck’s introduction in 1999, and is up to 350 pounds lighter than the previous model due to a switch to an aluminum body. Pricing has not been announced.

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