The bold-looking Blue Oval’s biggest pickup truck was unveiled during the Texas State Fair recently the vehicle comes with significant changes and redesigns that will undoubtedly shape its future segment in the highly contested pickup truck segment. The front fascia now comes with a massive grille, sheet angular metal, and vertical headlights. With each getting a nameplate-specific front fascia, the lineup now includes the F-350, F-250 and the F-450 models. It is expected to be released In February 2017.
Notably, the models come with a significant weight reduction thanks to the extensive use of aluminum alloy of military grade. The switch to aluminum from steel is expected to boost Ford in terms of economies of scale which, according to economics 101, should lower the cost of production and may trickle down to its ultimate production price.
Interior wise, buyers should expect more of a radical design. Much of the design is a carryover from the previous model, however, the new model comes with a new instrument cluster, a four-spoke sleeker looking steering wheel, a redesigned center console, and a generously designed configurable display.
While the vehicle as initially conceived to be a work truck, it has evolved to become tech-focused similar to Ford’s SUVs, crossovers, and passenger cars. Some of the new technologies regardless of the trim level include inflatable seat belts, a lane-departure warning system, an all-surround surround view camera, cruise adaptive control, and front active steering.
To ensure the truck looks as rugged as initially, the automaker installed a stronger suspension and driveline components, and spent countless hours torture-testing it globally. Consequently, the new 2017 Ford Super Duty boasts of a best-in-class fifth-wheel towing, conventional towing, and payload ratings. However, we will have to wait a little longer before Ford gives us the precise figures.
Once available the 2017 Ford Super Duty will have to battle it out with other vehicles in the segment that offer similar technologies and power. Some of them include the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado, 2017 GMC Sierra, and the 2017 Ram Heavy Duty. Nevertheless, if you are looking for a high-strength steel frame and aluminum body, tons of safety and electronic systems, power, and high-class interior matching the F-150, the 2017 Ford Super Duty should be your top pick.
Engine Specs – 2017 Ford Super Duty
Unfortunately, the automaker has decided to keep us in the dark as pertains to its technical details. What is known as of this writing though, is the 2017 Ford Super Duty will be offered with gasoline and diesel engine behemoths. Just like before, rumors has it that Ford will offer buyers a choice of either front wheel drive or an all-wheel drive.
Speculation is rife that Ford will offer the new 2017 Ford Super Duty in three engines: a 6.2L V8, a 6.2L gasoline V8, and a 6.8L gasoline V10 engine. We have no choice but to wait for the specs. It is rumored the vehicle will be offered in five configurations and will be more than 24 times stiffer than its immediate predecessor.
The updated safety features include lane-departure warning system, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, brake support, collision warning, and antilock disc brakes.
Exterior Changes & Interior Pictures – 2017 Ford Super Duty
Some of the standard features and technologies available on the F-250, 350, and 450 include a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, a locking tailgate, manual telescopic trailer tow mirrors, 17” steel wheels, cruise control, integrated blind-spot monitoring system, rear privacy glass, padded door armrests, integrated trailer brake controller, lockable storage, keyless entry, heated exterior mirrors, satellite radio, voice commands, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, and a four-speaker sound system.
Top of the line features and technologies include heavy-duty alternators, integrated accessory switches, roof clearance lights, full power accessories, different axle ratios, tailgate assist, a rearview camera, a stowable bed extender, all-terrain tires, Rancho shock absorbers, hill descent control, electronic locking rear differential, and upgraded leather upholstery.
When properly equipped, we should expect the vehicle to achieve a maximum towing capacity of 14,000 pounds, and 16,600 pounds when configured for the fifth wheel. Rumors also allege we should expect the vehicle to come with a maximum payload capacity of about 4,130 pounds.
Price & 2017 Ford Super Duty Release Date
Although speculative, we should expect its release date in February 2017. As for its price, pundits put the figure at around $34,580.