Although the Ford F-Series Super Duty pickup
gets refreshed for 2015, the Blue Oval is already working on the
next-generation model. These spy shots show the first prototype for the
2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty spotted on public roads in Michigan.
The heavily camouflaged prototype suggests the next-generation F-Series Super Duty will get its most substantial update
in years. Although our spy shooter wasn’t able to get a magnet close
enough to the prototype to know if the new F-Series Super Duty will
follow in the 2015 Ford F-150’s aluminum-intensive footsteps, we suspect
the automaker will use at least some of the lightweight material in its
efforts to increase fuel economy.
While the F-Series Super Duty prototype featured a turbodiesel engine, details about the engine are unknown. For 2015, the F-Series Super Duty’s
6.7-liter Powerstroke turbodiesel V-8 gets a new larger turbocharger
that Ford says to improve power and reliability with less boost. The
revised Powerstroke is said to make more power than the 2014 model’s 400
hp and 800 lb-ft of torque. Other fuel economy-boosting efforts
reportedly include adding direct-injection to the 6.2-liter gas V-8 as
well as a heavy-duty-specific version of the new 10-speed automatic
being developed with GM.
The next-generation Ford F-Series Super Duty pickup is expected to go on sale in late 2016 as a 2017 model.