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Ford Launches New, Lighter Super Duty Pickup

INDIANAPOLIS — Ford Motor Co. launched an all-new Super Duty pickup range for 2017. The main feature is the use of military-grade aluminum throughout the cab, leading to significant weight savings.

The company also said at the Work Truck Show here that despite more use of high-strength steel in the chassis for greater stiffness, the new Super Duty is 350 pounds lighter than prior models.

The engine lineup will remain the 6.2-liter V-8 gasoline and the V-10, but revisions to the 6.7-liter Powerstroke diesel deliver 330 hp and 750 pound-feet of torque. With these changes, gross combination weight for the pickup is now at 40,000 pounds — half a tractor-trailer.

Additional details will be released closer to the start of production at the end of summer, said John Ruppert, general manager of commercial vehicle sales and marketing. 

By Steve Sturgess
Special to Transport Topics

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