Monday, December 14, 2015

SUPER DUTY NEW FORD 2017 :Auto News Blog

Welcome to Auto News Blog. Ford is calling the new 2017 Super Duty pickups the “toughest, smartest, most capa- ble” Super Duty trucks “ever.” We’ll reserve judgment until we get engine output num- bers and towing and hauling specs, but it looks like Ford is making every effort to stay competitive in this hard-fought truck segment.

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The 2017 Super Duties have been revised from the ground up. They’re built around an all-new, fully boxed ladder frame that is made almost entirely of high-strength steel, so it is far stiffer than the previous frame. Ford also says the trucks will get “heavier duty four-wheel-drive components, driveline, axles, and towing hardware,” though no details about these components are available yet.
The truck will be offered in five wheelbase lengths, from 141.6 to 176 inches, which should correspond to a long box behind the regular cab, and short and longbeds behind the SuperCab and Crew Cab cabins.
Taking a page from the F-150, the Super Duty bodies are now made from aluminum alloy, offering both corrosion resistance and weight savings. In fact, Ford says the combination of the high-strength steel frame and alloy body sheds up to 350 pounds, weight that will be “reinvested” in the truck’s towing and hauling capabilities.
A neat feature about the truck bed: The tailgate can be locked and unlocked and opened with the key fob.
Powertrain choices will include a 6.2L gas V-8, a 6.8L gas V-10 (for chassis-cab trucks), and the second-generation 6.7L Power Stroke diesel V-8. All engines will be mated to TorqShift six-speed auto- matic transmissions, although F-250 models with the 6.2 V-8 will be fitted with a new version, the TorqShift-G, capable of improved capability and increased fuel economy and torque, says Ford. 

Ford offered quite a bit more detail about the new electronic tech going into the Super Duties than the mechanical com- ponents. There are a lot of cameras (up to seven), including high-def cameras in the grille, mirrors, and roof to give drivers a 360-degree view around the truck. Those who tow (especially with fifth wheels) will like the rearview camera in the high-mount- ed center brake light. An optional camera can be attached to the trailer for better visibility while backing up.
High-tech driver assist systems onboard include lane departure warnings, adaptive cruise control (with brake support), and a sys- tem called BLIS (Blind Spot Information System). BLIS uses radar sensors in the taillights to monitor areas that may not be visible to the driver. If you’re towing, the sensors extend the length of a trailer.
The Super Duty trucks will go on sale in fall 2016 in XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum trim levels. We’ll bring you more details as they come in from Ford. 

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