Get Ready for the 2017 Ford Super Duty

After Ford tipped over the entire truck world by crafting the F-150 from military-grade aluminum, the aluminum Super Duty was inevitable. The same material that allowed the F-150 to drop over 700 pounds helped its big brother slim down significantly. But was the purpose only to get lighter?

Make the Weight Count

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After shaving several hundred pounds from the new Super Duty, Ford engineers put some weight back on it in the form of many beefed up components. The axles are stronger. The steering and chassis are tougher. The fully boxed frame is built from over 95% high-strength steel. The result is a tougher, more capable truck that is still 350 pounds lighter than the previous version. How much tougher? The frame is 24 times stiffer than last year’s model. How much more capable? It’s the best in class for payload (7,630 pounds), conventional towing (21,000 pounds), and gooseneck towing (32,500 pounds). Most truck frames are built with nine cross-members, but add the gooseneck/fifth-wheel hitch option, and you’ll get a tenth-cross member specifically designed to carry the load of your trailer.

Choices for Power

The flex fuel 6.2-liter V8 delivers 385 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. For maximum power, choose the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel, which runs on B20 biodiesel. It packs 440 horsepower and 925 pound-feet of torque, up from 860 pound-feet in the previous model. What motor and tow package setup will you need for your load? Check out this chart, and remember that the maximum weight rating isn’t a suggestion or a challenge. It’s the law. Getting in an accident while hauling or towing too much might get you in trouble, no matter who you think is at fault.

The Beast With Seven Eyes

Sure, a backup camera is nice for seeing what’s behind you, but when you’re towing your dream boat, you may want more than that. With the Trailer Reverse Guidance System, you’ll have seven cameras to help you tow like a pro. You get a backup camera plus one mounted on the center brake light, one on each side mirror, two looking forward, and a seventh you can mount on your trailer. The cameras provide information to the truck’s computer to help you back up on a dime and prevent jack-knifing. The cameras also help you stay in your lane, warn you of vehicles in your blind spot, and maintain a proper following distance with the active cruise control. You’ll also get a tire pressure monitoring valve stem cap that you can place on the wheels of your trailer. If one of those tires gets low, you’ll be alerted on the dashboard.

Smarter Interior

Inside, you’ll find that Ford engineers thought of almost everything. The cup holders in the center console are customizable to fit your needs. There’s storage for hitches and mounting brackets. Of course, there’s a touch screen that provides communication and entertainment, but would you expect any less? Ford continues to revolutionize the full-sized truck segment. The new aluminum Super Duty doesn’t disappoint.