Your new tow rig is on the way! Ford reveals the 2017 Super Duty pickup
By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of Ford Motor Company
Today Ford is revealing the 2017 Super Duty pickup to the public for the first time in—where else?—Texas. After all, everything is bigger in the Lone Star state. If you are looking for a tow rig for you racing program or pristine show car, Ford is promising its super-size workhorse is tougher and lighter than its predecessors.
“Ford Super Duty is the truck America’s hardest-working men and women trust and depend on,” Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas, said. “We are helping these customers build a better world by delivering a new generation of pickups that set new benchmarks in capability, performance and efficiency.”
Sporting a body hewn from a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy, the new Super Duty rides on a new, fully boxed frame built from 95 percent high-strength steel It is said to be 24 times stiffer. Depending on the chassis configuration, the new body and frame combine to drop the truck’s weight by up to 350 pounds.
You can see a replay of the live reveal at the Texas State Fair right here…
Watch Ford put the new Super Duty chassis to the test by loading it up with several trucks’ worth of weight…
“As we remove weight, we’re making Super Duty more productive by giving our customers better towing and payload capability. We’re backing up improved capability with a stronger gasoline and diesel Super Duty engine lineup,” Craig Schmatz, Super Duty chief engineer, said. “The bottom line is Super Duty customers will be able to tow and haul more than ever before.”
Those choices include a 6.2-liter V-8, a 6.8-liter V-10, and a 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 diesel. Backing the 6.2-liter engine is a new TorqShift-G transmission.
“While Super Duty is America’s best-selling heavy-duty truck, we never take our leadership for granted,” Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development and chief technical officer, said. “Our team is using relentless innovation in materials, technology and Built Ford Tough engineering to deliver customers our best Super Duty yet.”
To push that leadership, Ford is packing the Super Duty with a lot of technology to make your work day better. Familiar to drivers of Ford cars, Super Duty offers Sync 3, Blind Spot Information System, Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Warning. More specific for the Super Duty’s intended use is an LED lighting system—including side-view spotlights, cargo box lighting, headlights, and taillights—designed to provide light all around the truck.
You can choose from five flavors of Super Duty—XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum—and the trucks will go on sale in late 2016.
2017 Super Duty Gallery