Vehicle Preview: 2017 Ford Super Duty
When it comes to medium-duty pickup trucks, American manufacturers produce models with a seemingly endless supply of options, features and capabilities – including the ability to tow over 30,000 pounds.
The newest entry to this segment is Ford’s 2017 Super Duty line. Boasting refreshed styling and new tech options, these vehicles are a compelling purchase for work and play, with no compromise to capability or comfort.
Raj Nair, Ford’s Vice President of Global Product Development and Chief Technical Officer said of the new line, “Our team is using relentless innovation in materials, technology and Built Ford Tough engineering to deliver customers our best Super Duty yet.”
Features such as a stronger, fully boxed frame and high-strength, military-grade aluminum body panels showcase Ford’s commitment to lightening its vehicles while strengthening them at the same time. The new frame is up to 24 times more rigid than the previous model and complemented by improved four-wheel-drive components, driveline and towing hardware.
Ford asserts that its new aluminum body is rust-proof in addition to being more dent and ding resistant than the previous generation’s steel body – despite shedding 350 pounds from its curb weight. While not nearly as ambitious as Ford’s use of aluminum in the current generation F-150’s 800-pound weight loss, Ford’s continued rollout of aluminum shows the manufacturer’s dedication to finding ways to cut weight and improve fuel efficiency.
The new Super Duty lineup features 16 new enhancements to both interior comfort, and they’re all firsts for medium-duty pickups. A new advanced LED lighting system illuminates the area around the truck, giving light to even the darkest worksite, while adaptive cruise control, a blind spot information system and lane departure warning provide the driver with additional peace of mind when piloting the 6000-plus pound vehicle.
Additionally, an in-cab tire pressure monitoring system allows for greater vehicle system diagnostics from the comfort of the cab. The truck also features up to seven on-board cameras to give the driver a bird’s eye perspective around the Super Duty, as well as trailer guidance and an optional external trailer camera.
Ford fans will find familiar features such as a SYNC® 3 infotainment system and an engine lineup that includes 6.2-liter V8 and 6.8-liter V10 gasoline engines in addition to the flagship second-generation Ford-built 6.7-liter Power Stroke® Diesel V8, which provides the highest combination of horsepower and torque to date. All engines put their power to the pavement via Ford’s TorqShift-G transmission allowing for improved towing.
One thing is for certain: Now with the new Super Duty line, Ford once again has proved that it is “Built Ford Tough.”