Ford to Introduce 2017 Super Duty Truck that is Lighter, Tougher, Smarter
By Philly Murtha, September 28, 2015
Ford recently announced that it will introduce its toughest, lightest, most capable and smartest F-Series Super Duty work truck late in 2016. The new 2017 Super Duty, which is the first major redesign since 2008, features an all-new steel frame with aluminum body panels (similar to its light-duty F-150 counterpart) that reduces weight by as much as 350 lbs., according to Ford. Stronger axles, springs, suspension, and smarter towing and safety technologies also are available on the next Super Duty truck.
For 2017, Ford’s Super Duty, which accounts for about one-third of total F-Series truck sales, will still be offered in five trim levels: XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum. Three cab choices—Regular, Crew, and SuperCab—also are available with extended leg room on the all-new Super Duty that will begin production next fall at Ford’s Louisville, KY, truck plant.
The new Super Duty will be available with a 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 diesel engine—initially added to the lineup in 2011, and which currently generates 440 horsepower and 860 lb.-ft. of torque. There may be an increase in brutish power and pull that will be unveiled at a later date, according to a company statement. The new heavy-duty truck lineup also will offer a 6.8-liter V-10 gasoline or 6.2-liter V-8 gasoline engine. All engines are mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
New interiors for the next Super Duty are featured in each of the cab choices and include a dual-compartment glove box, overhead console-mounted auxiliary switches to operate aftermarket equipment, and flat SuperCab and Crew Cab second-row floors that make loading large items easier. In addition, there are more amenities than in the previous model—including optional front seats with massage and a panoramic sunroof. LED cargo-box lighting and a remote tailgate release are also new features.
Up to 16 new technology features are available on the 2017 Super Duty to increase towing and hauling capability, and also add to the truck’s safety. All-new advanced coaching and camera technology makes conventional and gooseneck/fifth-wheel towing easier and more efficient. Among other new features, Ford is offering LED lighting, adaptive cruise control, and as many as seven cameras for monitoring conditions around the truck and for trailering.
Additional cameras that are available include a center high-mounted stop lamp camera to provide a view of the cargo box, and a 360-degree camera system to give the driver total surround views. Trailer reverse guidance provides visual cues to help trailer backing, and a newly available trailer camera can be attached to improve visibility. Ford also has added an in-cab trailer tire-pressure monitoring system that it says is a segment-leading feature.
The latest driver safety technologies also will be offered on the new Super Duty. The latest generation of communication, entertainment, and connectivity systems with Sync 3, enhanced voice recognition, and an easier-to-understand graphical interface, along with an intuitive smartphone-like 8-in. touch screen will be available on the new 2017 Super Duty.
In addition, Ford is offering driver-safety technology that has been recommended by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), including a blind-spot recognition system that is optimized for trailer towing to monitor areas that may not be visible to the driver. A lane-departure warning system, adaptive cruise control, and collision warning with brake-support assistance are also optional on the next Super Duty.
Payload, towing, fuel-economy ratings, and pricing specifics for the new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty will be announced at a later date.