Here’s Why the 2017 Super Duty Resembles the 2015 F-150

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All-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty features an all-new, high-strength steel frame, segment-first, high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body, and stronger axles, springs and suspension to create the only Built Ford Tough heavy-duty truck lineup that works as hard as Super Duty customers.

At first glance, there’s a few things that stand out with the 2017 Ford Super Duty and its appearance. The first is the front end, and the horizontal grille. The second is the the┬átruck’s overall resemblance to the 2015 (and newer) Ford F-150. There’s a very good reason for the sharing of looks, and it’s not just because Ford wants all of their vehicles to look the same. The Ford Super Duty and Ford F-150 share a common cab.

As we mentioned in our 3 Things You Didn’t Know About the 2017 Super Duty post, the Super Duty shares a common cab with the F-150. Everything in front of the A-pillar is exclusive to the Super Duty, and everything past the C-pillar is also unique. But that part in the middle, where the passengers ride, is the same as it is on the F-150.

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Why? Well there are a few reasons. First off, the cab in the F-150 is one of the largest in all of pickup truck land. By switching to this common cab architecture, Super Duty gains as much as six additional inches of room, depending on cab configuration. If you’ve ever been in a F-150 SuperCrew, you’ll notice you have more space than many Tiny Houses.

Secondly, it saves Ford money. Switching to aluminum is no inexpensive task, especially when Ford has the goal of not increasing the cost of ownership of an aluminum truck for the end buyer. Having the same cab means Ford can take more advantage of the quantities of scale during production.

Parked side-by-side, this author doesn’t believe the trucks look that similar, but it is obvious that the bits where the people sit are nearly identical. That doesn’t make the Super Duty any less capable.

What do you think? Let us know over in the forums!

Chad Kirchner is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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