2017 Ford Super Duty Early Preview – It’s Called Aluminum

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] Ford lightweights its biggest and baddest.

    [​IMG]Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Sept. 24, 2015

    2017 Ford F-250 – 750 – Pricing TBA but expect it to be big.

    Our last drive of a Ford Super Duty was back in 2011 and 2012 in which the F-250s proved themselves again and again…

    2012 F-Series Super Duty – A Few Additions Improve an Already Excellent HD Truck

    For 2017, Ford is bringing their high strength military grade aluminum prowess from the F-150 lineup to the all-new 2017 Super Duty’s.

    The strength comes from an all-new, fully boxed frame comprised of more than 95 percent high-strength steel (HSS) that in places is up to 24 times stiffer than the previous frame – enabling the most towing and hauling capability ever delivered by a Ford Super Duty. The new truck line also features heavier-duty 4WD components, driveline, axles and towing hardware.

    Where the new Super Duty gets real interesting is Ford’s doubling down on the light weighting with aluminum alloy sheet metal which is more dent- and ding-resistant than the outgoing steel body.

    The high-strength steel frame and high-strength aluminum alloy help reduce weight by up to 350 pounds to give future customers more towing and hauling capability than ever before.

    Super Duty chassis cab features an all-new, high-strength steel frame with an open-C-channel design behind the cab to enable easy aftermarket body upfit and modification.


    A new advanced coaching and camera tech makes conventional and gooseneck/fifth-wheel towing easier and more efficient than ever.

    Ford states there are 16 segment-first new features – from LED lighting to adaptive cruise control.

    As many as seven cameras help customers see more angles and monitor conditions surrounding the truck, and provide better trailering than ever before.

    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. Think Nissan’s AroundView monitoring and you get the picture. Trailer reverse guidance provides visual cues and tips to help ease backing up a trailer. A first-ever, factory-available trailer camera can be attached to a trailer to improve visibility backing up.


    Segment-first, in-cab trailer tire pressure monitoring system is also provided.

    Adaptive steering provides for 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. If the Super Duty needed help, this is where it was and let us hope the improvement is worth discussing.

    Other features include SYNC 3 with conversational voice recognition, new graphical interface, and smartphone-like 8” touch screen. A Blind Spot Information System with trailer tow is optimized for Super Duty to include the length of the trailer. Lane departure warning provides steering wheel vibrations when unintentionally crossing a lane. An Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support is also available.

    Regarding lighting, it is LED or bust. LED sideview mirror spotlights illuminate the area surrounding the truck, Class-exclusive quad-beam LED headlamps and taillamps, and new LED cargo box lighting.

    Considering the drivetrain, the second-generation internally designed and built but non-disclosed 6.7L Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel will lead the charge. The 6.8L V-10 and 6.2L V8 are posers and should not be a consideration for this pickup truck class.

    The Regular, Super and Crew Cabs are longer and feature dual compartment glove boxes, overhead console-mounted aux switches, and completely flat SuperCab and Crew Cab second-row floors and an all-new interior.

    2nd row flat load floor.​

    The cargo box will offer the following segment exclusive features:
    • BoxLink: Fords 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
    • Damped tailgate
    There will be 5 Super Duty trims, 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. In other words, this is over a year out and we will be provided the real detail in a PR like slow bleed over the coming months and into the new year.
  2. WriConsult

    WriConsult Super Moderator

    Funny ... this morning I heard an ad on the radio for a local Chevy dealer advertising "Truck Week" or something, bragging about their high strength STEEL and how the competition uses (begin semi-effeminate voice) "aluuuuminum!"

    I kinda wonder how well it will resonate here, since half these trucks will be used to tow big tough-guy aluminum boats up to the lake on summer weekends.
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  3. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Dan:
    Loved that one! :)

  4. e90diesel

    e90diesel Well-Known Member

    Wow! The 2017 Super Duty is a very nice looking truck. Sounds like it will be built Ford tough.

    I was hoping that the 4.4 V8 diesel built in the same factory as the 6.7 scorpion would be an option. I don't need 900 LB Ft of torque in a PU.

    The 2016 Titan with the Cummins 5.0 will be a more likely option for me.
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  5. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    The 2017 #Ford Super Duty Build and Price page(s) went live today.

    2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty


    My main take was you can configure the new more powerful 6.7L Power Stroke with a 3.31 rear end. Even with that tall rear end it will probably have a 15k+ pound tow cap with possibly the best efficiency in the business.

    Previous 2017 Super Duty story details as they were released.

    #efficient #long #distance #traveler #CleanMPG
  6. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Adaptive Cruise Control with A 15-Ton Trailer?

    The all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty can automatically accelerate and decelerate to keep pace with heavy traffic –

    Adaptive cruise control, adaptive steering, and Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage are three of the new class-exclusive features available to heavy-duty pickup truck drivers for the first time on Super Duty.

    These 17 new class-exclusive features are available in the all-new Super Duty pickup:
    1. Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support
    2. Adaptive steering
    3. BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with trailer coverage
    4. BoxLink with premium locking cleats
    5. Factory-installed customer-placed trailer camera
    6. Inflatable rear outboard safety belts
    7. Multicontour front seats with Active Motion®
    8. Power-deployable running boards
    9. PowerScope power-telescoping and power-folding trailer tow mirrors
    10. Remote tailgate release with power lock
    11. Standard flat load floor on SuperCab and Crew Cab
    12. Stowable loading ramps
    13. SYNC 3
    14. Tailgate step
    15. Trailer Reverse Guidance
    16. Trailer tire pressure monitoring system
    17. Utility lighting system (LED side-mirror spotlights)
    Adaptive cruise control can engage trailer brakes - Drivers can set cruise control at a comfortable following distance using Super Duty’s adaptive cruise control. The feature uses radar to measure the distance and speed of vehicles ahead, then automatically slows truck and trailer to maintain that preset distance at speeds above 20 mph.

    Adaptive cruise control with Super Duty’s 6.7L Power Stroke Turbo Diesel uses the engine brake to smartly assist drivers towing heavy trailers, allowing truckers to traverse steep mountain grades while maintaining speed even while towing.

    A number of systems work in tandem to enable adaptive cruise control – including powertrain control, trailer brake control and the anti-lock brake system. Speed is further controlled on descents with the 6.7L Power Stroke engine’s integrated engine brake, which is enabled with the push of a button. Extra engine braking power helps reduce wear and tear on wheel brakes and especially on downhill grades.

    Adaptive cruise control is optional on Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum Super Duty pickups, including the Ford F-450 Super Duty.

    Adaptive steering enhances maneuverability - Another class-exclusive feature – adaptive steering – helps give Super Duty drivers more confidence to maneuver tight work sites and parking lots.

    Adaptive steering is a new generation of power steering technology that reduces the amount of steering input needed to change direction at low speeds. It also reduces sensitivity to steering input necessary at higher speeds and helps make towing the heaviest of loads easier.

    The technology changes the ratio between the driver’s actions at the steering wheel – the number of turns – and how much the front wheels turn. Vehicles without the technology have a fixed ratio, but with adaptive steering, the ratio continually changes with vehicle speed, optimizing steering response in all conditions. Housed entirely within the steering wheel, the precision-controlled actuator – an electric motor and gearing system – can add to or subtract from a driver’s inputs. The result is a more connected, engaging driving experience at all speeds.

    Even more smart technologies - BLIS with trailer coverage is another Super Duty class-exclusive feature. It uses radar hidden in the taillights to detect a vehicle entering a driver’s blind spot while driving or backing up, and alerts the driver with a yellow light in the sideview mirror. For Super Duty, BLIS can extend to the back of the trailer, helping to make the driver aware of vehicles entering the trailer’s blind spot.

    Another driver-assist technology, lane-departure warning, vibrates the steering wheel to mimic rumble strips when the driver begins to drift over a lane marker.

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