Ford is doubling down on its commitment to aluminum with the 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty, which adopts a military-grade, all-aluminum body like its light-duty little brother, the F-150. This helps the new pickup lose up to 350 pounds, improving both fuel economy and hauling capabilities.
Though Ford is not yet sharing full numbers on the new Super Duty, it does say that the 2017 Super Duty has a fully boxed frame with high-strength steel that’s 24 times stiffer than the previous truck’s frame. The outgoing Super Duty offers up to 31,200 lb of maximum towing capacity, so look for the new truck to surpass this number. The previous Super Duty’s engine options, a 6.7-liter Power Stroke Diesel and a 6.2-liter gasoline V-8, carry over, though the V-8 mates with a new automatic transmission on the F-250. A 6.8-liter gasoline V-10 will still be available on chassis cab models.
The 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty pickup’s imposing new face is clearly drawn from the Ford Atlas concept from the 2013 Detroit auto show. Two chunky metal grille bars outline the large blue oval badge, and the squared-off headlights incorporate a few different lighting elements for a stacked look. The truck’s profile doesn’t change too much from the current model, though it does look a bit leaner and more modern than the current truck.
On the inside, a redesigned dashboard affords more storage space, and incorporates the updated Sync 3 infotainment system. The Super Duty will also offer newly available active safety features, including blind-spot warning, lane-departure warning, forward collision warning, and adaptive cruise control. Other new convenience features include an optional 360-degree camera system, LED lighting elements that shine all around the truck, and a remote tailgate lock. The new truck also adds Ford’s adaptive steering system for easier maneuverability.
Available in regular cab, super cab, and crew cab configurations, look for the 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty to offer the same hierarchy of F-250, F-350, and F-450 versions with increasing levels of capability. XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum trim levels remain.
Stay tuned for more details to come on the latest Ford F-Series Super Duty lineup of trucks before these new models go on sale in late 2016.