2017 Ford Super Duty: More Pulling Power Than the Competition
Drivers have cause for excitement as the 2017 Ford Super Duty rolls onto lots. The interior design borrows considerably from the equally impressive F-150, but its central appeal lies in advanced technology and superior towing capacity.
Ford marketing manager Doug Scott affirms that this is “the best heavy-duty truck we’ve ever made” and fully meets the needs of the truck’s chief clientele. “We listened to our customers and created the toughest, smartest and most capable Super Duty ever,” he said.
A notable feature of the new 2017 Ford Super Duty is its lighter weight. It’s 350 pounds less than its predecessor, resulting in an aluminum body housed within a 95% industrial strength frame. “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. The bottom line is 2017 Super Duty customers will be able to tow and haul more than ever before,” explained Craig Schmatz, the truck’s chief engineer.
Under the Hood
The V8cores, 440 horsepower 6.7L POWER STROKE® turbo-diesel engine with 925 lb-ft torque and 385 horsepower 6.2L FFV gas engine with 430 lb-ft torque are well supported by a TorqShift 6-speed SelectShift Automatic® transmission. Together, these powerhouse dynamics create a maximum gross combined weight rating of 23,500 pounds for the 6.2L and an astounding 41,800 pounds for the 6.7L.
Additionally, there’s an impressive array of assistive measures to complement these enhanced capabilities and augment driver focus. An LED system comprised of head and tail lamps, side view mirror sidelights and cargo box points sharply increase visibility. Along with Trailer Reverse Guidance, BLIS®, cargo box visibility through a center high-mounted stop lamp camera and a 360° camera set-up.
Auto Blog assesses that, in short, “the figures are impressive,” and we have to agree. Certain excellence? Certain readiness? We think so.