March 3, 2016 12:00 PM, EST

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.