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INDIANAPOLIS, March 1, 2016 – Ford, America’s truck leader, is delivering again for commercial truck customers who keep America moving with the all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty chassis cab – the toughest, smartest, most capable Super Duty chassis cab ever.
With best-in-class capability, the all-new F-350, F-450 and F-550 chassis cab lineup is optimized to help commercial customers be more productive on the job – from clearing snow-filled streets to rescuing stranded motorists to restoring power in a storm.
“Commercial truck customers need tough, capable trucks that can haul heavy equipment to crush challenging jobs,” said Craig Schmatz, Ford Super Duty chief engineer. “The innovations our team has put into the next-generation Super Duty chassis cab are paying off by delivering capability that surpasses the competition.”
Capability starts with all-new frame
Thanks to an all-new backbone, F-350, F-450 and F-550 F-Series chassis cab delivers more work capability than ever.
The all-new frame is the toughest, strongest, most rigid frame ever used in a Super Duty chassis cab. It features 95 percent high-strength steel with eight times more torsional rigidity than the previous frame, through-welded crossmembers, and fully boxed rails under the cab and forward for strength and safety. Open C-channel frame rails behind the cab enable easy body and vocational equipment upfits. All these improvements help deliver the best-in-class 40,000-pound maximum gross combined weight rating and the 500-pound increase in front gross axle weight rating, along with increased towing capacity over the previous Super Duty chassis cab.
Weight savings reinvested for improved capability
Using advanced materials, Ford is saving up to 350 pounds of weight in the all-new F-Series Super Duty – reinvesting that savings into tougher, stronger components.
For the first time, the Super Duty body uses high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy throughout the cab, which improves dent and ding resistance while saving weight for significant increases in towing and payload capability.
“We are reinvesting the weight saved by using advanced materials, giving that savings back to customers with more capability and performance than ever,” said Schmatz.
In addition to the heavier-duty fully boxed frame under the cab, many components are more robust in the new Super Duty, including axles, suspension, driveline and towing hardware.
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The all-new 2017 Super Duty chassis cab with the proven Ford-built second-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel paired with a commercial-grade six-speed 6R140 automatic transmission adds 30 horsepower and 90 lb.-ft. of torque for a maximum rating of 330 horsepower and 750 lb.-ft. of torque – the highest ever for Super Duty chassis cab.
Ford is the only heavy-duty truck manufacturer to design and build its own diesel engine and transmission combination, ensuring the powertrain will work seamlessly with all chassis components and vehicle calibrations – from concept to execution. The approach enables Ford engineers to optimize vehicle performance across the entire lineup.
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