Ford is getting ready to launch the next generation of its Super Duty line of trucks for the 2017 model year. So, the 2017 Ford F-450 will mark the first completely redesigned iteration since the Super Duty lineup made its debut in 1999. Although the lineup has been upgraded on several occasions over the years, the time has come for substantial changes that should help the Super Duty keep pace in this hotly contested segment. As part of the overhaul, Ford gave this line of trucks an aluminum-intensive body similar to the F-150, as well as an updated exterior. While retaining the familiar engine range, the all-new F-450 will benefit from an upgraded version of the 6.7-liter turbo-diesel V8 engine. The 2017 Ford F-450 is expected to go on sale in the second half of 2016.
2017 Ford F-450 Design
Whereas the 2017 Ford F-450 shares its new lightweight platform with the 2015 F-150, it also comes with a number of distinguishing exterior features. Those include the new front end with the redesigned hood and headlights, as well as new beds unique to the Super Duty. Thanks to its aluminum body, the Ford pickup truck is now lighter yet stiffer and more dent resistant than its predecessor. The new generation will be around 350 pounds lighter, which is considerably less than the 700 pounds of weight reduction that came with the redesigned F-150. What happened is that Ford decided to use these weight savings to reinforce the truck’s structure, brakes and suspension. So, the new boxed frame uses rails that are 1.5 inches taller, which results in stiffness that is increased by up to 24 times. There are also larger and stronger axles, bigger brakes and tougher transfer cases. Also, the entire Super Duty now offers weight-carrying hitches as standard.
2017 Ford F-450 Engine Options
The 2017 Ford F-450 will be offered with the familiar gasoline powertrain and an enhanced diesel option under its hood. The gas-powered and E85 6.2-liter V8, that is also E85 compatible, cranks out 385 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque. As for the Power Stroke 6.7-liter turbo-diesel V8, it will churn out 470 hp, which is 30 ponies more than before. Both powertrains will be matched to a six-speed TorqShift automatic gearbox, available with both two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.