F-150 might be the best-seller, but it isn’t all there is to it to blue oval’s F-series. Super Duty trucks are available since 1998 and should soon shift to fourth generation. 2017 Ford F-series Super Duty pickups are supposed to adopt both design and build changes which their smaller cousin already went through.
There’s no less than 15 available F-series Super Duty trucks to choose from across F-250, F-350 and F-450 iterations, but only couple of available engines. Recently refurbished 6.7L Power Stroke diesel V-8 mill will certainly carry over into fourth generation, together with its 440 hp and 860 lb-ft of torque. Base, petrol unit is currently 6.2L V-8 which delivers solid 385 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque which still, however, fail to impress when compared to diesel’s numbers. Whether Ford will change it or not, is still uncertain at this point.
2017 Ford F-series Super Duty Design
Design-wise, 2017 Ford F-series Super Duty trucks will most likely get revised headlamps in order to match those of F-150 full-size trucks. Together with these, they will also receive new grille, bumper and reinforced skid plates. Midsection should also offer some changes of its own, while rear end should go through least of the changes. However, biggest news here are new materials. Extensive aluminum use, just like in F-150, should make the heavy duty ute lighter, and thus more responsive in handling.
Interior is largely set to be carried over. Like before, all 2017 Ford F-series Super Duty trucks will offer abundance of space and intimidating upright, angular dashboard. Instrument panel and middle tunnel will be as wide as they are now, and former should house a large touch screen display with available navigation. Top trims will even add high-quality leather seats with frontal heaters and coolers, together with some wood grain coatings. Reverse sensing system and rearview camera will remain the only advanced safety options.
New aluminum structure should greatly reduce weight, but shouldn’t have too large an impact on fuel efficiency. It shouldn’t, however, have any downgrading influence on heavy duty truck’s towing figures which will be anywhere between 12,500 pounds and 31,200 pounds in F-450 all-wheel drive models.
Prices between $32,000 and $70,500 should see a slight increase, however, as aluminum doesn’t come cheap.
2017 Ford F-series Super Duty is a line of blue oval’s next-gen workhorses which are supposed to raise the towing business to a new level. Thanks to their lighter aluminum frame, they will be more efficient and responsive, but should also be pricier to buy, and especially to maintain.