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    Revealed! 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty, Now With More Aluminum


    • Ford's Super Duty Gets Aluminum-ized


    There's a new Ford F-Series Super Duty coming and it's taking some ideas from the smaller F-150.

     

    The big news for the Super Duty is that the body is made out of aluminum, helping drop 350 pounds. The frame is a fully-boxed and consists of more than 95-percent high-strength steel which Ford claims 24 times stiffer than the previous frame. This allows for more towing and hauling capacity.

     

    In terms of design, think F-150 that went to the gym every single day. The front end boasts large headlights and grille slats. The cab is similar to the smaller F-150.

     

    For the interior, Ford uses the same layout from the current model, but there is a new reconfigurable gauge cluster and revised center stack. The list of options will be long as there will be a camera-based towing system with coaching, 360-degree camera, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning system, blind spot monitoring system, and rear inflatable seat belts.

     

    Power will come from a 6.2L V8, 6.8L V10, or a 6.7L PowerStroke Diesel V8. Ford is keeping quiet on power figures at this time.

     

    “While Super Duty is North America’s best-selling heavy-duty truck, we never take our leadership for granted. Our team is using relentless innovation in materials, Built Ford Tough engineering to deliver customers our best Super Duty yet,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development and chief technical officer.

     

    The F-Series Super Duty will go on sale late next year.

     

    Source: Ford

     

     

    Press Release is on Page 2


     

    AMERICA'S WORK TRUCK REINVENTED: ALL-NEW FORD SUPER DUTY IS TOUGHEST, SMARTEST, MOST CAPABLE SUPER DUTY EVER

    • Toughest: All-new, high-strength steel frame; segment-first, high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body; stronger axles, springs and suspension create the only Built Ford Tough heavy-duty truck lineup that works as hard as Super Duty customers
    • Smartest: 16 class-exclusive new features and up to seven cameras make Super Duty the ultimate tow vehicle; adaptive steering technology makes maneuvering easier
    • Most capable: Ford-engineered, Ford-built gasoline and diesel engines and transmissions power all-new Super Duty lineup that tows and hauls more than ever


    DALLAS, Sept. 24, 2015 – Ford, America’s truck leader, today introduces the all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty – the toughest, smartest, most capable Super Duty truck lineup ever.

     


    “Ford Super Duty is the truck America’s hardest-working men and women trust and depend on,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas. “We are helping these customers build a better world by delivering a new generation of pickups that set new benchmarks in capability, performance and efficiency.”

     

    Using advanced materials to reduce weight, 2017 F-Series Super Duty pickup truck and chassis cab feature all-new, segment-exclusive smart technology to help increase customer productivity, comfort and convenience.

     

    “While Super Duty is America’s best-selling heavy-duty truck, we never take our leadership for granted,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development and chief technical officer. “Our team is using relentless innovation in materials, technology and Built Ford Tough engineering to deliver customers our best Super Duty yet.”

     

    Toughest
    The backbone is an all-new, fully boxed frame comprised of more than 95 percent high-strength steel that offers up to 24 times stiffer than the previous frame – enabling the most towing and hauling capability ever delivered by Super Duty. The new truck line features heavier-duty four-wheel-drive components, driveline, axles and towing hardware.

     

    For the first time, the Super Duty body uses high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy, which is more dent- and ding-resistant than the outgoing steel body and not subject to red rust corrosion.

     

    Together, high-strength steel and high-strength aluminum alloy help reduce weight by up to 350 pounds while Ford is reinvesting additional weight savings everywhere it counts, to give customers more towing and hauling capability than ever before.

     

    Super Duty chassis cab features an all-new, high-strength steel frame with an open-C-channel design behind the cab to enable easy aftermarket body upfit and modification.

     

    Smartest
    Towing is core to the Super Duty mission. All-new advanced coaching and camera technology makes conventional and gooseneck/fifth-wheel towing easier and more efficient than ever.

     

    There are 16 segment-first new features – from LED lighting to adaptive cruise control – that assist Super Duty drivers to make driving and work situations easier and more comfortable.

     

    As many as seven cameras help customers see more angles and monitor conditions surrounding the truck, and provide better trailering than ever before.

     

    A center high-mounted stop lamp camera provides visibility into the cargo box, especially for easier hook-up of gooseneck/fifth-wheel trailers. A 360-degree camera system uses four digital, high-definition cameras to give the driver a bird’s-eye view surrounding Super Duty. Trailer reverse guidance provides visual cues and tips to help ease backing up a trailer. A first-ever, factory-available trailer camera can be attached to a trailer to improve visibility backing up.

     

    Customers will benefit from a segment-first, in-cab trailer tire pressure monitoring system from the comfort of the cab while stopped or on the highway.

     

    Adaptive steering provides for increased confidence to help make towing the heaviest of loads easier and brings greater ease to navigating job sites and parking lots – with or without a trailer. The technology reduces the amount of steering input needed to change direction at low speed, while reducing sensitivity to steering input at higher speeds.

     

    The all-new F-Series Super Duty is available with numerous driver-assist technologies:

    • SYNC® 3 – Ford’s all-new communications and entertainment system features faster performance, conversational voice recognition and an easier-to-understand graphical interface, along with an intuitive smartphone-like 8-inch touch screen
    • Blind Spot Information System with trailer tow is optimized for Super Duty to include the length of the trailer; BLIS® uses radar sensors in the taillamps to monitor areas that may not be visible to the driver
    • Lane departure warning provides a warning when a driver strays from a lane through a series of steering wheel vibrations that mimic rumble strips
    • Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support use sensors to detect slower vehicles moving in the same direction. If another vehicle is too close, red lights flash on the windshield and a warning sound chimes. If the driver does not hit the brakes, the brake system is pre-charged to stop faster when the brake pedal is pressed


    Advanced light-emitting diode technology sheds light all around the new Super Duty, including:

    • New LED sideview mirror spotlights enable illumination surrounding the truck to light up a work site or camp site
    • Class-exclusive quad-beam LED headlamps and taillamps
    • New LED cargo box lighting


    Most capable
    Light-weighting and improved capability work hand-in-hand in the all-new Ford F-Series Super Duty.

     


    “As we remove weight, we’re making Super Duty more productive by giving our customers better towing and payload capability,” said Craig Schmatz, Super Duty chief engineer. “We’re backing up improved capability with a stronger gasoline and diesel Super Duty engine lineup.”

     

    The second-generation Ford-designed, Ford-built 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 diesel engine is available for pickup trucks and chassis cabs providing the highest combination of horsepower and torque ever.

     

    The 6.2-liter V8 gasoline engine comes equipped with the new TorqShift-G transmission for the F-250 pickup – allowing for improved capability.

     

    The Super Duty chassis cab lineup offers a choice of 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel, 6.8-liter V10 gasoline or 6.2-liter V8 gasoline engines.

     

    “The bottom line is Super Duty customers will be able to tow and haul more than ever before,” said Schmatz.

     

    Interior and cargo box
    All three cabs – Regular Cab, SuperCab and Crew Cab – are longer and feature a new interior design, including dual compartment glove box, overhead console-mounted auxiliary switches to operate aftermarket equipment, and completely flat SuperCab and Crew Cab second-row floors that make loading large items in the cab easy. Vital controls are close at hand, with the integrated trailer brake controller switch located even closer to the driver.

     

    Customer accessibility and ease of use extend outside the truck as well, with the cargo box offering customers these class-exclusive features:

    • BoxLink™: Ford-patented combination of metal brackets and custom cleats that can be used to secure a variety of accessories in the cargo box
    • Remote tailgate lock and release: Tailgate can be locked/unlocked and opened with the key fob, eliminating manual locking and increasing convenience and security. The tailgate is damped – dropping gently down, hands-free, to a flat position when opened


    There are five models in the Super Duty lineup – XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum.

     


    The all-new Super Duty will be built at Kentucky Truck Plant, and goes on sale late next year.

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    I think the higher trim that is borderline dipped in chrome looks tacky. I like the lesser trim where there isn't a MASSIVE chrome grill and side mirrors. I think the new front end looks strong and muscular, I like it. The rest..looks like a truck.

     

    I'm very intrigued about the avialable engines; 6.2V8, 6.8V10, 6.7Diesel V8.

     

    Has the V10 been around this whole time or did it go away for awhile? I didn't know it was still made.

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    I think the higher trim that is borderline dipped in chrome looks tacky. I like the lesser trim where there isn't a MASSIVE chrome grill and side mirrors. I think the new front end looks strong and muscular, I like it. The rest..looks like a truck.

     

    I'm very intrigued about the avialable engines; 6.2V8, 6.8V10, 6.7Diesel V8.

     

    Has the V10 been around this whole time or did it go away for awhile? I didn't know it was still made.

     

    I took a peek at the 2014 and 2015 model sheets and the V10 wasn't there. I'll reach out to Ford to see if I can get a definite answer on this.

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    I'm going to sound stupid here..

     

    What constitutes medium-duty and heavy-duty? And what trucks are in these classes? Are they the 450's? 350's? 250's?

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    It's a bunch of legalese, I'd imagine. By and large, anything up to 3500-series trucks are considered vehicles that may be privately owned (I know Ford also does an F-450, I'm guessing they found a way to make it work as well). Powertrains are probably decided upon based on this criteria. Given that the 6.2 kicked out an adequate amount of power for a one-ton and the V10 was an absolute sow for gas, they probably decided to restrict it to commercial use for a while.

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    Pretty sure the V10 was restricted to medium-duty stuff the last few years.

     

    Yep. I just got word back from Ford's truck PR manager who told me that the V10 was available on the chassis cabs and F-650/750

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    Very well, then.

    Any word on what, if anything, they did to increase efficiency?

    They aren't saying at the moment. Likely saving that for a future announcement.

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    From bong's link, which he clearly missed,

     

    "Ford hasn't released power ratings for the 2017 F-Series Super Duty engines, but in the current models, the 6.2-liter V-8 is rated 385 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque, the 6.8-liter V-10 is rated 362 hp and 357 lb-ft, and the Power Stroke turbodiesel is rated 440 hp and 860 lb-ft."

     

     

    And there is a typo for the V-10, which is 457ftlbs. It was pretty torquey for it's day, and new one much more so.

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    There is 14% more aluminum here than on F-150, which adds up to 800lbs less in sheetmetal.  But adding fully boxed and taller (cross sectioned) frame rails, along with bigger axles and brakes throughout, adds a heck of a lot of weight and accounts for the only 350lbs of reduction.  But that is still significant, as this truck is more about toughness and capability, than it is drag races.  Of course, less weight and big gains in power will not exactly slow it down either.

     

    The F-250 6.2L Torqueshift G transmission is basically a heavy duty version of the F-150 transmission. The current Super Duty transmission has far more torque capacity than what the 6.2L can produce, so they came up with a smaller, lighter and cheaper option for the F-250 gas applications. The F-350 and all diesels still use the heavy duty transmission.

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    The more I look at this truck the better it's looking. At first my instinct said it was damn near hideous. But the more I look at it the more I like it. The only thing that I'm still skeptical about is the grill. I like that the lower trim offers it in the matte black, along with the mirrors. I'm not a fan of chrome much at all so I think that's all that I don't really like. The body looks good..like any other truck. I do dig the large muscular front end and I like the shape of the lights, like the f150.

    I'm super intrigued to hear about the power numbers for all three of these engines. It'd be cool and all to get the magical 1000ft lbs number from the 6.7 but being honest that is just stupid and ridiculous and absolutely unnecessary. They did just fine with what, 850? Even with the same output it would be a better power to weight ratio.

    I think what these big guys need to work on instead of more raw power is making the truck more efficient while being able to tow 30,000lbs instead of working their way slowly up to 35,000 then 40,000. Most people should be trailering that kind of weight anyway due to skill level so they should make them do their 30,000lb trailering capability and try and hit 20mpg while towing. Now THAT would be an accomplishment if you ask me. Realistic? Probably not. But you have to try and I have to believe that making 1000ft lbs isn't leaning that direction.

    I know I just posted this in the other thread but I think it's more appropriate here.

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    The more I look at this truck the better it's looking. At first my instinct said it was damn near hideous. But the more I look at it the more I like it. The only thing that I'm still skeptical about is the grill. I like that the lower trim offers it in the matte black, along with the mirrors. I'm not a fan of chrome much at all so I think that's all that I don't really like. The body looks good..like any other truck. I do dig the large muscular front end and I like the shape of the lights, like the f150.

    I'm super intrigued to hear about the power numbers for all three of these engines. It'd be cool and all to get the magical 1000ft lbs number from the 6.7 but being honest that is just stupid and ridiculous and absolutely unnecessary. They did just fine with what, 850? Even with the same output it would be a better power to weight ratio.

    I think what these big guys need to work on instead of more raw power is making the truck more efficient while being able to tow 30,000lbs instead of working their way slowly up to 35,000 then 40,000. Most people should be trailering that kind of weight anyway due to skill level so they should make them do their 30,000lb trailering capability and try and hit 20mpg while towing. Now THAT would be an accomplishment if you ask me. Realistic? Probably not. But you have to try and I have to believe that making 1000ft lbs isn't leaning that direction.

    I know I just posted this in the other thread but I think it's more appropriate here.

     

    ...and I responded in other thread, that efficiency improvement was a target and has gone up.

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    Ford didn't just move the goal posts with this truck. Ford moved the whole damn stadium.

    Absolutely.

    When they reveal numbers, it should be even more impressive.

    I'm looking forward with great anticipation ( and giddiness ) to that. Edited by Burnt Valve LS7
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      The Ridgeline’s payload is towards the top the of class when compared with other midsize crew cab trucks. Front-wheel drive models can haul between 1,447 to 1,565 pounds in the bed. All-wheel drive models have a payload capacity of 1,499 to 1,584 pounds. For towing, the Ridgeline falls a bit short. Front-wheel drive models have a max tow rating of 3,500 lbs, while AWD models are slightly higher at 5,000 lbs. For most people, the Ridgeline will be enough to handle various towing needs. If you need a bit more, then the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon are ready to help.
      The EPA rates the Ridgeline AWD at 18 City/25 Highway/21 Combined. My average for the week landed at 23.6 mpg in a 60/40 mix of highway and city driving.
      Previously, we’ve considered GM’s midsize trucks as having the best ride in the class. The Honda Ridgeline now holds that honor. The unibody platform and four-wheel independent suspension setup give the Ridgeline a ride that is almost equal to a passenger sedan. Bumps and other imperfections are smoothed out. The Ridgeline is a decent handling truck as well. There isn’t much body roll and it feels stable when going into a corner. We do wish Honda would make the steering slightly heavier for the Ridgeline.
      The Honda Ridgeline may not meet the true definition of a pickup truck, but it is one in spirit. Yes, the unibody architecture does limit the capabilities of the Ridgeline as it cannot haul or tow heavy items. Nor can it go deep into the wilderness due to decisions made by Honda on the Ridgeline’s off-road capability. But it is in other areas that the Ridgeline begins to stand out such as the clever ideas in the bed, comfortable interior, and a ride that is more in tune with a regular car. They might not be the advantages you would expect in a truck, but they are something that Honda believes will bring in those interested in a pickup minus a lot of the issues that other models have. 
      To put it another way, the Honda Ridgeline is like Festivus from Seinfeld; they’re both for the rest of us.
      Disclaimer: Honda Provided the Ridgeline, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      Year: 2017
      Make: Honda
      Model: Ridgeline
      Trim: RTL-E
      Engine: 3.5L SOHC 24-valve i-VTEC V6
      Driveline: Six-Speed Automatic, All-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 280 @ 6,000
      Torque @ RPM: 262 @ 4700
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 18/25/21
      Curb Weight: 4,515 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Lincoln, Alabama
      Base Price: $41,370
      As Tested Price: $42,270 (Includes $900.00 Destination Charge)
      Options: N/A
    • By William Maley
      Later this month, the 2017 Mazda CX-5 will begin arriving at dealers in the U.S. Before this happens, Mazda has revealed the pricing for the upcoming crossover. The base CX-5 Sport will carry a price tag of $24,985 (includes a $940 destination charge).
      All CX-5s will come equipped with a 2.5L SkyActiv-G four-cylinder and six-speed automatic (sorry, no manual transmission is on offer for this generation). The 2.5 produces 187 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive comes standard, while Mazda's i-ACTIV all-wheel drive system adds $1,300 to the base price.
      The CX-5 Sport comes decently equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, Smart City Brake Support, 7-inch color touchscreen with Mazda Connect, push-button start, and power accessories. 
      The CX-5 Touring ($26,855) adds blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert, dual-zone climate control, leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, six-way power driver's seat, keyless entry, and auto-leveling LED headlights.
      Wrapping up the CX-5 lineup is the Grand Touring ($30,335). This model features full LED lighting outside, 19-inch alloy wheels, leather seats, eight-way power driver's seat with lumbar, rain-sensing wipers, and heated exterior mirrors.
      Options for the CX-5 include navigation, Bose audio system, heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, radar cruise control, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams.
      Source: Mazda 
      Press Release is on Page 2


      2017 MAZDA CX-5 PRICED FROM MSRP OF $24,045
      Mazda’s Best-Selling Compact Crossover SUV a Remarkable Value with Segment-Exclusive Standard and Available Technologies IRVINE, Calif. (March 8, 2017) – The previous Mazda CX-5 ended its tenure as a compact crossover SUV segment favorite, winning the praise of automotive critics and the hearts of consumers. CX-5 became Mazda’s best-selling vehicle in the U.S. Its successor, the all-new 2017 CX-5, will arrive in late March at dealerships nationwide with a starting MSRP of $24,045, building on the momentum that has made the model an unequivocal hit.
      The 2017 CX-5 hits a sweet spot in the compact crossover SUV segment for its refinement, quality, craftsmanship, design, efficiency, safety and dynamics among a long list of other reasons. No matter which trim level is selected, CX-5 also represents a remarkable value.
      The entry CX-5 Sport trim features 17-inch alloy wheels, black cloth-upholstered seats, cruise control, air conditioning, power windows, power mirrors, pushbutton starter, LED headlights, variable intermittent windshield wipers, carpeted floor mats, a 40:20:40 split-folding rear seat, Smart City Brake Support and power door locks. Additionally, CX-5 comes standard with MAZDA CONNECTTM, which pairs a 7-inch color touchscreen- and Commander-control-knob-operated infotainment display that incorporates AM/FM/HD radio, vehicle diagnostics, a backup camera, Bluetooth phone and audio integration and two USB ports for phone connectivity and charging.
      CX-5 Touring adds a six-way power driver’s seat, leatherette seating surfaces with Lux Suede inserts, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, heated front seats, rear privacy glass, auto-leveling LED headlights, a six-speaker audio system, Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle, illuminated vanity mirrors, a rear center armrest, rear HVAC vents, dual-zone climate control, rear USB ports and a reclining rear bench seat.
      Further building on CX-5 Touring is the Preferred Equipment Package, which includes a BOSE® 10-speaker audio system with CenterPoint 2 and AudioPilot 2, a power glass moonroof, power liftgate, navigation, auto-dimming mirrors with Homelink and auto on/off headlights. Customers can also opt for the Touring i-ACTIVSENSE Package on top of the Preferred Equipment Package, adding High Beam Control, Lane-Departure Warning, Lane-Keep Assist, Mazda Radar Cruise Control and Smart Brake Support.
      Adding greater levels of equipment yet is CX-5 Grand Touring, adopting black or parchment leather seating surfaces, 19-inch alloy wheels, eight-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support, SiriusXM satellite radio, rain-sensing wipers and heated exterior mirrors. Other additions include Adaptive Front-lighting system, LED fog lights and LED tail lights. Finally, CX-5 Grand Touring’s Premium Package comes with a windshield-projected Active Driving Display with Traffic Sign Recognition, a power front passenger seat, heated rear outboard seats, heated steering wheel and windshield wiper de-icer.
      All models come standard with the SKYACTIV-G 2.5 engine and six-speed SKYACTIV-DRIVE automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, with Mazda’s predictive i-ACTIV all-wheel drive available on all trim levels.
      MSRP FOR ALL MODELS IS AS FOLLOWS:
      Model/Trim Package Front-Wheel Drive i-ACTIV AWD CX-5 Sport $24,045 $25,345 CX-5 Touring $25,915 $27,215 •Touring Preferred Equipment Package $780 $780 •Touring  
      i-ACTIVSENSE Package
      $625 $625 CX-5 Grand Touring $29,395 $30,695 •Grand Touring Premium Package $1,830 $1,830  
      AVAILABLE PREMIUM PAINT COLORS:
      Soul Red Crystal $595 Machine Gray Metallic (CX-5 Touring and Grand Touring models only) $300 Snowflake White Pearl Mica $200  

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