The backbone of Super Duty is a new, fully boxed frame composed of more than 95% high-strength steel.
The new truck line features heavier-duty four-wheel-drive components, driveline, axles and towing hardware than the current Super Duty, Ford said.
The Super Duty will be built at Kentucky Truck Plant and goes on sale late next year.
During the design of the new truck, Ford body structure engineers ran hours of supercomputer simulations with various aftermarket equipment examples to predict box load performance.
Ford engineers tough tested the military-grade, aluminum-alloy cargo box of the 2017 F-Series Super Duty with popular aftermarket equipment, ranging from glass racks to salt spreaders to ATV carriers.
Before the first truck hit the roads at Ford’s Michigan Proving Grounds, upfront work was accomplished virtually using supercomputers to predict and engineer cargo box strength.
Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant produces F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty pickups and chassis cabs, as well as Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator. The plant has produced more than 5 million Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks since it was introduced in 1999.
Ford began manufacturing vehicles in Kentucky in 1913 with 11 employees. Kentucky Truck Plant, which opened in 1969, covers 6 million square feet and employs close to 4,400 people.
Ford is investing $1.3 billion for an all-new body shop, facility upgrades and retooling to build the new aluminum-bodied Super Duty truck at Kentucky Truck Plant.
The 2017 F-Series Super Duty pickup and chassis cab lineup has 16 new features and up to seven cameras for towing and adaptive steering technology for maneuvering. Ford-built gasoline and diesel engines and transmissions power the Super Duty lineup.
Joe Hinrichs, right, executive vice president and president, The Americas, Ford Motor Company tours the assembly line before announcing that the All-New Ford F-Series Super Duty is bringing a $1.3 billion investment and 2,000 new Jobs to Kentucky Truck Plant. Hinrichs is pictured with team member Ladrell Whiehead.
The new Ford F-Series Super Duty brings a $1.3 billion investment and 2,000 new jobs to the company’s Kentucky Truck Plant.
High-strength steel and high-strength aluminum alloy help reduce weight by up to 350 lbs. Ford said it is reinvesting additional weight savings to give customers more towing and hauling capability.