Ford lightweights its biggest and baddest. 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.