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.