Ford presents toughest and smartest F-Series Super Duty lineup ever

Article by Andrew Christian, on September 24, 2015

Ford is launching what it considers to be its most robust, most clever, and most capable Super Duty pickup truck and chassis cab lineup -- the all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty. It is available in five models – XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum.

Ford’s claim that this latest version of Super Duty is toughest ever is not a joke. After all, its fully box frame is made up for over 95 percent high-strength steel, which makes it around 24 times more rigid than the previous.

With this toughness, the 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty is now able to handle even most demanding towing and hauling operations. This toughness is further supported by heavier-duty four-wheel-drive components, axles, driveline and towing hardware.

On the other hand, the Super Duty features a body made of high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy. This aluminum alloy is considered to be tougher and more red rust resistant than the steel alloy found in the body of the outgoing Super Duty series.

While the steel and aluminum alloys used on the 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty feature high strength, they do not add to its weight. In fact, they help reduce the vehicle’s weight by up to 350 pounds. But Ford does not stop there.

It is reinvesting those weight savings where it counts to provide what their customers need the most. On the other hand, Super Duty chassis cab is built with a high-strength steel frame and an open-C-channel design behind the cab that allows customers to modify their vehicles.

Brawn is not the lone attribute of the 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty, it also has “brains.” This refers to the fact that 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty is endowed with very high-tech features, 16 of which are first in the segment.

Since towing is regarded as one of the main functions of a Super Duty, this lineup features advanced coaching and camera technology that renders conventional and gooseneck (fifth-wheel) towing more trouble-free and more efficient than before.

To allow drivers to see into the cargo box, Ford installed a center high-mounted stop lamp camera. This feature is very useful especially where there is a need to hook-up gooseneck trailers. Likewise, the Super Duty is fitted with a 360-degree camera system that utilizes four digital, high-definition cameras to provide a bird’s-eye view surrounding the vehicle.

Moreover, a trailer camera can be fitted onto a trailer to give drivers an easier time backing up. Also available is a trailer reverse guidance that offers visual cues and tips during trailer backing up. Overall, up to seven cameras can be installed on a Super Duty for better visibility outside its cabin.

For monitoring of areas rendered invisible to the driver, the Super Duty features the Blind Spot Information System with trailer tow. This system uses radar sensors installed in the taillamps to perform its monitoring function.

To help drivers navigate through corners, parking lots and tight places with or without load and with or without a trailer, Ford installed an Adaptive steering system that during low speeds, lessens the needed amount of steering input to change direction. At higher speeds, meanwhile, the system lessens sensitivity to steering input.

Super Duty also features an in-cab trailer tire pressure monitoring system. Other driver-assist technologies featured on the new F-Series Super Duty include the adaptive cruise control and collision warning (with brake support) systems.

Both these systems utilize sensors to detect slower vehicles that are moving in the same direction. Once a vehicle gets too close to a Super Duty, red lights will flash on its windshield and will emit warning sounds. If the driver fails to react by hitting the brakes, the brake system is pre-charged to stop faster as soon as the driver’s foot hits the brake pedal.

Drivers of the Super Duty are now less prone to divert away from their lanes thanks to the Ford’s lane departure warning system that warns drivers when they do so via a series of steering wheel vibrations. The all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty is also pampered with smart illumination systems using advanced light-emitting diode technology.

On the front and rear, the vehicle is furnished with class-exclusive quad-beam LED headlamps and tail lamps. Not only on the front and rear, the sides and surroundings of the Super Duty could also be illuminated thanks to the new LED sideview mirror spotlights. Additionally, the Super Duty features new LED cargo box lighting.

Interior Design

Meanwhile, all three cab versions of the Super Duty -- Regular Cab, SuperCab and Crew Cab – are now longer and now carry a new interior design. The interior is pampered with features like dual compartment glove box and overhead console-mounted auxiliary switches on which drivers could operate aftermarket equipment.

Likewise, the SuperCab and Crew Cab versions now feature completely flat second-row floors for easier loading of large cargo. Additionally, the integrated trailer brake controller switch is now placed closer to the driver. Interestingly, the Super Duty’s cargo box is now loaded with two class-exclusive features, allowing better accessibility for customers.

One of these features is the BoxLink, which consists of metal brackets and custom cleats that allow customers to secure several types of accessories in the cargo box.

Another highlight is the remote tailgate lock and release system that allows locking, unlocking and opening of the tailgate using the key fob. When opened, the tailgate drops down gently automatically to a flat position.

Also featured is Ford’s communications and entertainment system SYNC 3, which is now faster and is developed to recognize even conversational voice. SYNC 3 also features an easy-to-understand graphical interface and comes with an intuitive smartphone-like 8-inch touch screen.

Powertrain

As for its capability, the 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty is certainly one of the best. At the of core of the pickup truck and chassis cab versions of the Super Duty sits a second-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel engine that churns out the highest output and torque available.

On the other hand, the F-250 pickup version of the Super Duty could be fitted with the available 6.2-liter V8 gasoline engine mated to a new TorqShift-G transmission.

Customers for the Super Duty chassis cab versions could choose from these powerplants: 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel, 6.8-liter V10 gasoline or 6.2-liter V8 gasoline engines – all of which provide the Super with superior towing and hauling power.

Press Release

AMERICA'S WORK TRUCK REINVENTED: ALL-NEW FORD SUPER DUTY IS TOUGHEST, SMARTEST, MOST CAPABLE SUPER DUTY EVER

Ford, America’s truck leader, today introduces the all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty – the toughest, smartest, most capable Super Duty truck lineup ever.

“Ford Super Duty is the truck America’s hardest-working men and women trust and depend on,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas. “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.”

Using advanced materials to reduce weight, 2017 F-Series Super Duty pickup truck and chassis cab feature all-new, segment-exclusive smart technology to help increase customer productivity, comfort and convenience.

“While Super Duty is America’s best-selling heavy-duty truck, we never take our leadership for granted,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development and chief technical officer. “Our team is using relentless innovation in materials, technology and Built Ford Tough engineering to deliver customers our best Super Duty yet.”

Toughest
The backbone is an all-new, fully boxed frame comprised of more than 95 percent high-strength steel that offers up to 24 times stiffer than the previous frame – enabling the most towing and hauling capability ever delivered by Super Duty. The new truck line features heavier-duty four-wheel-drive components, driveline, axles and towing hardware.

For the first time, the Super Duty body uses high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy, which is more dent- and ding-resistant than the outgoing steel body and not subject to red rust corrosion.

Together, high-strength steel and high-strength aluminum alloy help reduce weight by up to 350 pounds while Ford is reinvesting additional weight savings everywhere it counts, to give 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.

Smartest
Towing is core to the Super Duty mission. All-new advanced coaching and camera technology makes conventional and gooseneck/fifth-wheel towing easier and more efficient than ever.

There are 16 segment-first new features – from LED lighting to adaptive cruise control – that assist Super Duty drivers to make driving and work situations easier and more comfortable.

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. 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.

Customers will benefit from a segment-first, in-cab trailer tire pressure monitoring system from the comfort of the cab while stopped or on the highway.

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.

The all-new F-Series Super Duty is available with numerous driver-assist technologies:

SYNC® 3 – Ford’s all-new communications and entertainment system features faster performance, conversational voice recognition and an easier-to-understand graphical interface, along with an intuitive smartphone-like 8-inch touch screen

Blind Spot Information System with trailer tow is optimized for Super Duty to include the length of the trailer; BLIS® uses radar sensors in the taillamps to monitor areas that may not be visible to the driver

Lane departure warning provides a warning when a driver strays from a lane through a series of steering wheel vibrations that mimic rumble strips

Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support use sensors to detect slower vehicles moving in the same direction. If another vehicle is too close, red lights flash on the windshield and a warning sound chimes. If the driver does not hit the brakes, the brake system is pre-charged to stop faster when the brake pedal is pressed
Advanced light-emitting diode technology sheds light all around the new Super Duty, including:

New LED sideview mirror spotlights enable illumination surrounding the truck to light up a work site or camp site

Class-exclusive quad-beam LED headlamps and taillamps

New LED cargo box lighting

Most capable
Light-weighting and improved capability work hand-in-hand in the all-new Ford F-Series Super Duty.

“As we remove weight, we’re making Super Duty more productive by giving our customers better towing and payload capability,” said Craig Schmatz, Super Duty chief engineer. “We’re backing up improved capability with a stronger gasoline and diesel Super Duty engine lineup.”

The second-generation Ford-designed, Ford-built 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 diesel engine is available for pickup trucks and chassis cabs providing the highest combination of horsepower and torque ever.

The 6.2-liter V8 gasoline engine comes equipped with the new TorqShift-G transmission for the F-250 pickup – allowing for improved capability.

The Super Duty chassis cab lineup offers a choice of 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel, 6.8-liter V10 gasoline or 6.2-liter V8 gasoline engines.

“The bottom line is Super Duty customers will be able to tow and haul more than ever before,” said Schmatz.

Interior and cargo box
All three cabs – Regular Cab, SuperCab and Crew Cab – are longer and feature a new interior design, including dual compartment glove box, overhead console-mounted auxiliary switches to operate aftermarket equipment, and completely flat SuperCab and Crew Cab second-row floors that make loading large items in the cab easy. Vital controls are close at hand, with the integrated trailer brake controller switch located even closer to the driver.

Customer accessibility and ease of use extend outside the truck as well, with the cargo box offering customers these class-exclusive features:

BoxLink™: Ford-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: Tailgate can be locked/unlocked and opened with the key fob, eliminating manual locking and increasing convenience and security. The tailgate is damped – dropping gently down, hands-free, to a flat position when opened

There are five models in the Super Duty lineup – 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.

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