By Steve & Tamami Laser
Following up on the successful launch of its revamped F-150, Ford is providing a sneak preview of its big brother – the all-new Super Duty series scheduled for release in late 2016 as a 2017 model. Ford says the new Super Duty is the “toughest, smartest, most capable player in the history of the line.”
The biggest changes include an all-new, high-strength steel frame plus a segment-first, high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body. Stronger axles, springs and suspension are also part of the deal.
“Ford Super Duty is the truck America’s hardest-working men and women trust and depend on,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas. “We are helping these customers build a better world by delivering a new generation of pickups that set new benchmarks in capability, performance and efficiency.”
Ford says that in addition to using advanced materials to reduce weight, the 2017 F-Series Super Duty pickup truck and chassis cab feature all-new, segment-exclusive smart technology to help increase customer productivity, comfort and convenience.
“While Super Duty is America’s best-selling heavy-duty truck, we never take our leadership for granted,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development and chief technical officer. “Our team is using relentless innovation in materials, technology and Built Ford Tough engineering to deliver customers our best Super Duty yet.”
The backbone is an all-new, fully boxed frame composed of more than 95 percent high-strength steel that’s up to 24 times stiffer than the previous frame – enabling the most towing and hauling capability ever delivered by Super Duty according to the truck maker. The new truck line features heavier-duty four-wheel-drive components, driveline, axles and towing hardware.
For the first time, the Super Duty body uses high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy, which is more dent- and ding-resistant than the outgoing steel body and not subject to red rust corrosion.
Ford says that together, high-strength steel and high-strength aluminum alloy help reduce weight by up to 350 pounds while the truck maker is reinvesting additional weight savings everywhere it counts, to give its customers more towing and hauling capability.
Super Duty chassis cab features an all-new, high-strength steel frame with an open-C-channel design behind the cab to enable aftermarket body upfit and modification. And since towing is core to the Super Duty mission, an all-new advanced coaching and camera technology is said to make conventional and gooseneck/fifth-wheel towing easier and more efficient.
Ford says there are 16 segment-first new features – from LED lighting to adaptive cruise control – that assist Super Duty drivers to make driving and work situations easier and more comfortable. 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, high-definition 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 new factory-available trailer camera can be attached to a trailer to improve visibility backing up.
Adaptive steering is designed to provide increased confidence to help make towing the heaviest of loads easier and brings greater ease to navigating job sites and parking lots – with or without a trailer. The technology reduces the amount of steering input needed to change direction at low-speed, while reducing sensitivity to steering input at higher speeds.
The all-new F-Series Super Duty is available with a suite of driver-assist technologies:
- SYNC® 3 – Ford’s all-new communications and entertainment system is said to feature faster performance, conversational voice recognition and an easier-to-understand graphical interface, along with a smartphone-like 8-inch touch screen.
- Blind Spot Information System with trailer tow is 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 provides a warning when a driver strays from a lane through a series of steering wheel vibrations that mimic rumble strips.
- Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support use sensors to detect slower vehicles moving in the same direction. If another vehicle is too close, red lights flash on the windshield and a warning sound chimes. If the driver does not hit the brakes, the brake system is pre-charged to stop faster when the brake pedal is pressed.
The second-generation Ford-designed and built 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 diesel engine is available for pickup trucks and chassis cabs providing the highest combination of horsepower and torque ever says the truck maker.
The 6.2-liter V8 gasoline engine comes equipped with the new TorqShift-G transmission for the F-250 pickup. 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.
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 flat SuperCab and Crew Cab second-row floors that make loading large items in the cab easier.
BoxLink™ is a 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 allows the tailgate to be locked/unlocked and opened with the key fob, eliminating manual locking. The tailgate is also damped – dropping gently down, hands-free, to a flat position when opened.
There are five models in the Super Duty lineup – XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum. The all-new Super Duty will be built at Kentucky Truck Plant, and goes on sale late next year.
Preliminary features and specifications are subject to change by the automaker.
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