Ford has debuted its new 2017 F-Series Super Duty pickup, the lightest and most capable Super Duty truck ever, the automaker says. Much like the light duty F-150 that debuted last year, the 2017 Ford Super Duty features aluminum body panels, allowing it to shed up to 350 pounds over the outgoing line of Ford work trucks.
Some details, such as performance and towing figures, have been left out of the Ford press release and will be announced at a later date. For now, Ford’s sticking to telling us about the Super Duty’s structure, frame, styling and interior features. The new frame, which is made of 95-percent high-strength steel, is 24 times stiffer than the outgoing Super Duty’s with rails 1.5-inches taller than before.
Also new to the Super Duty are towing coaching and camera technologies designed to make fifth-wheel towing easier and more efficient. Four cameras provide a 360-degree birds eye view of the Super Duty and its surroundings, and a segment first factory-available trailer camera can be attached to a trailer to improve visibility even further. A center high-mounted camera is also available and provides visibility into the cargo box for easier trailer hook up.
More new technology comes in the way of Ford’s new adaptive steering system, which self adjusts the steering weight and amount of steering input needed depending on the driving situation at hand. Driver assistance systems such as blind sport monitoring, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and collision warning are also offered along with LED sideview mirrors, LED headlamps and taillamps and LED cargo box lighting.
Inside, all-three cab configurations, Regular Cab, SuperCab and Crew Cab offer more interior space and an all-new design. Ford says the rear floor is completely flat, making loading objects in and out of the Super Duty especially easy, and the rear seats can be converted into a lockable storage unit for further stowing.
Ford didn’t go too much into detail in regards to the Super Duty’s engines, only saying the lineup will remain the same, consisting of a 6.2-liter gas V8, 6.8-liter gas V10, and 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8. All three powerplants have been improved, and the 6.2-liter engine will be paired to a new, heavy-duty version of Ford’s Torqshift-G tranmission.
Additional information on the 2017 F-Series Super Duty line of trucks will become available as the start of production in 2016 nears.