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2017 Ford Super Duty trucks going aluminium

2017 Ford Super Duty trucks going aluminium

 

We remember
when the new Ford F-150 was first shown with its aluminium body. People said
"there's no way that will work" and "no chance they will be able
to do that with the Super Duty trucks". Guess what. Both statements were
wrong.

The
aluminium F-150 is selling exceptionally well and performing as advertised. It
has been so successful that Ford are expanding the material to Super Duty
trucks from next year. As far as we know, the entire range of F-250, F-350,
F-450 and F-550 models will be getting the treatment.

The boxed
frame will still be made of high strength steel to provide the necessary
strength. This version is said to be 24 times more rigid that current models.
The military grade aluminium will make up the cab body and panels like it does
in the F-150. Ford estimates a 350 lb weight saving from this alone.

These are
work trucks above all so it's good that the concept has already been proven in
the F-150. Those that said the panels will dent when you lean on them or when
you even slightly bump them have been proven wrong. The same will be for the 2017
Ford Super Duty range.

Engines
will still be big to accommodate load and towing capacities. The current
selection of V8 and V10 engines will remain. There will be the existing 6.7-litre
Power Stroke V8 diesel engine which is likely to prove very popular indeed for
long distance haulers. The 6.2-litre gasoline V8 and 6.8-litre V10 will also be
available.

New
transmissions designed specifically for trucks is being introduced too but we
don't yet know whether this will be as standard or an option.

2017 Ford Super Duty trims
and options

The current
trim selection will remain with XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum trims
available. There will also be the current three cab options, regular, Super Cab
and Crew Cab. Each will be slightly longer for the 2017 model year, offering
new interior designs and space.

New optional
extras will include adaptive steering, a series of 7 cameras to monitor loads,
adaptive cruise control, automatic braking, tire pressure monitors, lane
departure warning, blind spot warning and Ford Sync 3.

Aside from
LED lighting and some minor design tweaks, the look of the 2017 Ford Super Duty
continues the tradition of being big and burly. These are working trucks and
are designed as such. The interior is much improved and sees more changes, but
otherwise, Ford is definitely in the "if it ain't broke don't fix it
camp."

The 2017
Ford Super Duty is expected sometime late 2016. In the meantime, visit Northway Ford Lincoln, 388 King George Road Brantford ON N3S 3N2 for all your trucking
needs.

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