Ford introduces new 2017 Super Duty

by Truck West

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ford Commercial Vehicles’ Ford Super Duty chief engineer Craig Schmatz announced the new 2017 Super Duty during the Work Truck Show March 1 in Indianapolis, Ind.

Schmatz said the next generation F-Series Super Duty chassis was the most capable, smartest and toughest truck on the market, boasting a best-in-class 7,500-pound front axle weight rating, gross combined weight rating with up to 40,000 pounds, half of the maximum weight rating of a typical semi truck, 330 hp, 750 pounds-ft of torque and the strongest, most rigid frame of any F-Series model.

“We have extensive use of high-strength steel,” Schmatz said, “up to 95% of high-strength steel in these frames.”

Other features of the Super Duty includes the use of military-grade aluminum alloy in the cab, saving up to 350 pounds in weight, adaptive steering, trailer-tire pressure monitoring system, seven cameras for full visibility, blind-spot identification for the vehicle and trailer and remote tailgate lock and release.

“This will be the most towing and highest payload of any Super Duty ever,” said Schmatz, adding that the truck went through over 12 million miles of testing, more than any other Super Duty.

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