Ford Unveils Toughest, Smartest Super Duty Ever


Following in the F-150's footsteps.

Following the F-150’s conversion to a lightweight alloy body, the new Ford F-Series Super Duty has been unveiled with similar weight-saving measures that sees as much as 350 pounds stripped from the heavy duty truck. Ford says it’s the"toughest, smartest, most capable Super Duty ever" but has failed to provide any concrete numbers on horsepower, payload, or towing figures. Significant improvements are coming, says the Blue Oval, so watch this space for details on that.

The engine lineup will continue with the 6.2-liter V8, 6.8-liter V10, and 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8. Meanwhile, we can reveal the 2017 Super Duty will boast a "high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy" body which is "more dent- and ding-resistant than the outgoing steel body." The all-new fully boxed frame is made of 95 percent high-strength steel making it 24 times more stiffer than its predecessor. As you’d expect, Ford has focused on improving the Super Duty’s towing capabilities, with bigger brakes and axles, and no less than seven cameras, including in the side mirrors and on top of the windshield, to ensure driver’s visibility is optimized while pulling a trailer. The Super Duty also gets plenty of new electronic features.

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These include a remote rearview camera that sits behind a trailer, LED bed lighting, and the new Sync 3 infotainment system. Styling varies between the five XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum trim levels, and whatever of the five different grille designs buyers get, they all receive a fat blue oval in the center. Headlights get optional LED DRLs, “Super Duty” now comes embossed on the hood, and there are more than 30 cab and bed combos to consider. The revamped interior carries over from the F-150, but the larger cabin means front row seating can be ordered as dual buckets or split bench, while inflatable seatbelts feature in the rear. There’s also a flat second-row floor, and overhead auxiliary switches.

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