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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