Ford Unveils New Aluminum 2017 Super Duty Pickup

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole
ford unveils new aluminum 2017 super duty pickup

Ford on Thursday rolled out its newest Super Duty truck — 350 pounds lighter than the outgoing model — complete with aluminum-alloy body, high-strength steel frame and new 6-speed transmission for its V-8 engine.

According to Ford, the truck’s frame is up to 24 times stiffer than the outgoing frame, and the company reportedly used high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloys — which are separate from civilian grade because they use more of it before 9 a.m. than we’ll use all day. Or something.

The Super Duty truck can be fitted with either a 6.7-liter V-8 turbocharged diesel, a 6.8-liter V-10 gasoline or 6.2-liter V-8 gasoline engine, with the latter being mated to a new TorqShift-G six-speed transmission.

The Super Duty will reportedly come with up to seven cameras for better visibility around the truck, including a cargo-light mounted camera for easier gooseneck trailer hitch coupling; a combination, bird’s eye camera for nearby objects; and an available trailer camera from the factory to improve visibility when towing.

New driver assist technologies including blind-spot monitoring and steering assist will be available on the new truck. According to Ford, steering assist will help owners more easily navigate slow-speed maneuvers and will limit the truck’s sensitivity at high speeds.

Ford says that all three cab configurations — SuperCab, Regular Cab and CrewCab — would be longer than the previous generation, although exact dimensions weren’t specified. Five trims — XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum — will be available in the new Super Duty.

Ford said the 2017 Super Duty models would go on sale next year, but didn’t specify pricing.

We will have a full review of the previous Super Duty next week.

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  • Vulpine Vulpine on Sep 25, 2015

    The first thing that came to my mind when I saw that image was the 1982 Ford Futura. That is now the ugliest pickup truck in the WORLD!

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    • DenverMike DenverMike on Sep 27, 2015

      @Vulpine Of the ''80 to '82 'anything' (mainstream/everyday) the Mustang, Camaro had to the best looking out there. At least to my "80's child" eyes. I still think so. But I was talking midsize sedans. The Fox platform was ahead of everyone else, looks-wise, first showing up for the '78 MY.

  • Mopar4wd Mopar4wd on Sep 25, 2015

    I love the 94 Dodge (I'm biased) I do think Fords design has gone down hill I really liked the previous f-150 and the original Super Duties (1998) but the new ones seem pretty ugly. Like their trying to out ugly the Tundra. I know it's subjective but hey almost everything in the comment section of a blog is subjective.

    • DenverMike DenverMike on Sep 25, 2015

      The '94+ Cummins equipped Dodge trucks may never die, the way it's looking. Same with the previous gen w/Cummins, but I've got a '98 gasoline Dodge extra cab I'm hording (bad trans) and now I know why. I has a prefect rust-free body and it's parts will be worth something in no time.

  • Syke Yeah, no sympathy for the dealerships whatsoever. I've gone enough thru training a dealership's salesperson under the guise of trying to buy an EV. I'm pleasantly surprised that Ford's insisting on Level 3 DC Fast Charging rather than the usual Level 2 that most dealerships have now. This is definitely forcing a commitment on the part of the dealer that they're going to be serious about selling EV's.Oh yeah, DC Fast Charging is never free, so you're definitely talking another income stream for the dealership. The big question is are they smart enough to make something real of it?I continue to say that the legacy automakers biggest problem when it comes to selling EV's is their own dealerships. And this article really drives that home.
  • SCE to AUX Yeah, I'm going to spend 5 or 6 figures on a used/abused car from a punk.
  • MrIcky I'm not buying any of Musk's BS until he steps into the ring with Zuckerberg. Musk dropped the challenge, Mark picked it up, Musk pussed out. 2 men enter, 1 man leaves- you know the law.
  • SCE to AUX Best practice is to keep an EV at 1/3 - 1/2 full if sitting undriven for long periods.Dealers could easily get by with only one DC charger, or even none. A Level 2 home charger would be sufficient to top off test-drive cars, for instance.The only time you might want a DC charger is at the moment of sale, so you can send the customer home with a 'full tank of gas'. This could be done in 30 minutes while signing papers. But how often will that really be necessary?Alternately, they could simply give the buyer a voucher card for a nearby DC charger, just as they might for a gas-powered car.Ford's demand for DC chargers is absurd.
  • Dave M. Stellanis has a problem on their hands. Jeeps and Rams are costly with mediocre reliability; Chrysler and Dodge are on life support and certainly won't see the turn of the decade. They need a new game plan stat.