Ford is using the next F-Series Super Duty to do more than answer your truck needs. It’s also using it to create jobs. Two-thousand of them to be exact at the automaker’s plant in Louisville, Kentucky. That’s where the automaker will invest $1.3 billion to build the all-new 2017 model.
“With the introduction of the all-new Ford Super Duty, America’s best-selling heavy-duty pickup, we expect to continue growing our truck leadership,” says Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas. “Through this investment, we are continuing to show our commitment to Kentucky and the city of Louisville, as well as bringing to customers industry-leading trucks to help them take care of business and earn a living.”
The money will be used on plant upgrades and to build a new body shop. It’ll also be used to get it retooled with the equipment needed to build the aluminum-bodied truck.
“Adding new jobs and more investment at Kentucky Truck Plant not only secures a solid foundation for our UAW members, but also strengthens the communities in which they live, work and play. Such success highlights our members’ hard work and dedication to building world-class, quality vehicles like the Super Duty,” says Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president, National Ford Department.
The 2017 Super Duty features Ford’s new high-strength steel frame. It gets the same military-grade aluminum-alloy treatment used on the 2015 F-150. Together, the new frame and body shed 350 pounds, depending on the model. This is rounded out with stronger axles, springs, and suspensions. It will tow up to 31,200 pounds.
The 2017 Super Duty hits the road next fall. It will be offered in five trims: XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum. You can get it as a diesel 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8. The other two options are a 6.8-liter V10 and 6.2-liter V8.
Ford is mum about exact pricing. We do know, though, that it will offer Ford’s new, most advanced, camera technology. We’re talking about seven-cameras that will give a 360-degree view.