Ford has debuted its 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty that comes 350 pounds lighter, much thanks to its new aluminum body.
There are five models in the Super Duty lineup: XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum. The truck will be built at Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant, and goes on sale late in 2016.
Steel and Aluminum
The backbone of the new Super Duty is an all-new, fully boxed frame composed of more than 95-percent high-strength steel 24-times stiffer than the previous frame, which aids towing, according to Ford. The new truck line also features heavier-duty four-wheel-drive components, driveline, axles and towing hardware.
For the first time, the Super Duty body uses a high-strength aluminum alloy, which is more dent- and ding-resistant than the outgoing steel body and not subject to red rust corrosion, according to Ford.
The Super Duty chassis cab features a new, high-strength steel frame with an open-C-channel design behind the cab to enable easy aftermarket body upfit and modification.
Advanced coaching and camera technology makes conventional and gooseneck/fifth-wheel towing easier and more efficient than ever on the Super-Duty, according to Ford. As many as seven cameras help customers see more angles and monitor conditions surrounding the truck, and provide better trailering.
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, HD 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 factory-available trailer camera can be attached to a trailer to improve visibility backing up.
The F-Series Super Duty is available with numerous driver-assist technologies:
- SYNC 3-Ford’s new communications and entertainment system with conversational voice recognition and a new graphical interface, and 8-inch touch screen
- Blind Spot Information System with trailer tow-optimized for Super Duty to include the length of the trailer; BLIS uses radar sensors in the taillamps to monitor areas that may not be visible to the driver
- Lane departure warning
- Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support
- LED sideview mirror spotlights, quad-beam LED headlamps and tail lamps, and new LED cargo box lighting
Interior and Cargo Box
All three cabs-Regular Cab, SuperCab and Crew Cab-are longer and feature a new interior design, including dual compartment glove box, overhead console-mounted auxiliary switches to operate aftermarket equipment, and completely flat SuperCab and Crew Cab second-row floors that make loading large items in the cab easy.
Customer accessibility and ease of use extend outside the truck as well, with the cargo box offering customers these exclusive features:
- BoxLink-Ford-patented combination of metal brackets and custom cleats that can be used to secure a variety of accessories in the cargo box
- Remote tailgate lock and release-Tailgate can be locked/unlocked and opened with the key fob, eliminating manual locking and increasing convenience and security. The tailgate is damped-dropping gently down, hands-free-to a flat position when opened
The Super Duty chassis cab lineup offers a choice of 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel, 6.8-liter V10 gasoline or 6.2-liter V8 gasoline engines.