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2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty Sees Price Increases of $150 to $5070

Brutish power and payload capacity remain key traits of the F-250, while an infusion of aluminum brings it into the 21st century. A 6.2-liter V-8 and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard; a 6.7-liter turbo-diesel V-8 is optional. Many configurations are available including regular, SuperCab, and Crew Cab body styles as well as 6.75-foot and 8.0-foot beds. The F-250 offers drivers a comfortable cabin and many conveniences, like a bevy of cameras and six standard airbags.

When Ford pulled the wraps off its aluminum-intensive 2015 F-150 at the 2014 Detroit auto show, the assembled crowd paused and then, almost in unison, whispered, “Huh. Looks pretty good. But they’ll never be able to pull the same light-alloy trick with their Super Duty trucks. I mean, most of those guys use their trucks for actual, you know, work.” Well, Ford went for it, and the result is the 2017 Super Duty seen here.

Big and Blocky
There’s no mistaking the 2017 truck for anything but Ford Super Duty. Although the fascia retains the same blocky, almost-futuristic theme, Ford took the opportunity to move some things around and to fully commit to the LED craze. Ringed by LED driving lights, the quad-beam headlamps are themselves lit by LEDs and have been pulled forward, leaving only the turn indicators to sweep back into the fenders. The grille is a hybridization of previous Ford-truck styling efforts, utilizing the two-bar main graphic, now dotted with perforations in some versions. The oversize wheel flares remain, although they're now blended more smoothly into the rest of the body.

As with the F-150, aluminum is employed as the primary element of the Super Duty’s cab and bed construction, while steel is utilized for the fully boxed frame. (Chassis-cab models get a hybrid frame that goes from fully boxed under the cab to a traditional C-channel configuration behind it, to facilitate a wider range of aftermarket body configurations.) Composed of up to 95 percent high-strength steel, the frame is said to be as much as 24 times more rigid than the piece that underpinned the previous Super Duty. Ford says the “military-grade” aluminum used in the cab body is more resistant to dents and dings than the outgoing steel Super Duty body. Combined, the new materials shave up to 350 pounds from the new rig, Ford claims.

So Many Cameras
A quintet of trim levels—XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum—will again be offered. All three Super Duty cab configurations—regular cab, SuperCab, and Crew Cab—are longer for 2017 and feature fresh interior designs. Auxiliary switches are integrated into the overhead console, and the trailer-brake controller has been moved closer to the driver. SuperCab and Crew Cab owners will be pleased to find a flat floor in the second row, the better to handle whatever cargo they might wish to stuff back there.

Towing, of course, is the Super Duty’s reason for existing, and the 2017 model stays on task. Adaptive steering reduces the amount of wheel input needed for low-speed operation, and it reduces sensitivity to steering input at higher speeds. Up to seven cameras are available to help drivers keep an eye on their surroundings, including a 360-degree bird's-eye view provided by four HD cameras. Available adaptive cruise control with automatic braking, in-cab tire-pressure monitoring, and lane-departure warning appear on the Super Duty for the first time. Blind-spot warning with trailer tow modifies its warning to account for the length of the trailer, and Ford’s latest Sync 3 infotainment comes with an 8.0-inch screen.

Out back, a remote tailgate lock and release function is integrated into the key fob, and dampers gently drop the tailgate into the full open position. BoxLink, Ford’s combination of custom cleats and metal brackets, is intended to make a cinch of securing accessories and cargo in the bed.

Engine choices haven’t changed much. Returning is the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 turbo-diesel, which tops the list in terms of horsepower and torque, and the 6.2-liter V-8 gasoline engine, now paired with Ford’s TorqShift-G (which sounds more like the name of a hip-hop group) six-speed automatic transmission for the F-250 pickup, the first time this gearbox has been used with a gas engine. Chassis cabs offer a choice of 6.7-liter V-8 Power Stroke diesel, 6.2-liter gasoline V-8, or 6.8-liter gasoline V-10. Although Ford didn’t reveal any specific horsepower, torque, or towing figures, it did offer this rather ambiguous tidbit: “Super Duty customers will be able to tow and haul more than ever before.” Ford also touts “heavier-duty four-wheel-drive components, driveline, axles, and towing hardware” but didn’t release any details on those changes.

Aside from the leap from steel to aluminum bodywork, it seems the 2017 Ford Super Duty strays very little from the formula with which it has made so much hay: Give a highly capable vehicle a square-jawed, burly exterior and offer a luxury-level interior, and they will come. How “they”—in this case serious tradespeople and trailer haulers—will react to the introduction of the aluminum body won’t be known until the truck goes on sale in late 2016.


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Nice and informative. Might I add?,...I heard the new Super Duty has so much power and torque, that it doesn't drive on the road, it rotates the earth underneath itself.

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That's what the strange sensation is when I push on the pedal. Thanks for clearing that up.

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Very nice!


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