A Sneak Peek at the Aluminum 2017 Ford Super Duty

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Ford’s decision to switch its perennial sales juggernaut, the F-150, from a steel to an aluminum body starting with the 2015 model year was a big gamble, to say the least.

That didn’t mean the Blue Oval had bet all of its chips, though. The Super Duty lineup was still going to be steel-bodied…but not for long.

Now, Ford is all in on aluminum. What you see above is a picture of the light-weighted 2017 F-250. Details are few and far between at this point, but it’s reasonable to expect Ford to stick with its current 6.7L Power Stroke diesel and 6.2L V8 for the next generation of the Super Duty trucks. However, given that the 2015 F-150 has a new engine option, maybe the next Super Duty will get a fresh power plant – a smaller gas V8, perhaps?

What we do know is that the upcoming SD has headlights influenced by those of its little brother and body-side vents that are now vertical instead of horizontal.

Building its light-duty and Super Duty F-Series trucks (F-250, F-350, and F-450) out of aluminum should help Ford bring down its costs of production thanks to achieving an economy of scale. Doing so will also increase the towing, hauling, and fuel mileage capabilities of its Super Duty rigs. Watch this space for those details as they become available. Also, let us know what you think of the 2017 SD’s looks by clicking below.

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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