There's a new heavy-duty Ford pickup truck on the way, as these spy photos show prototypes of the 2017 Ford Super Duty testing in Michigan. Little is known about the next versions of the Super Duty; the current truck received a handful of changes for the 2015 model year. This generation of the Ford Super Duty was introduced in 2010 as a 2011 model.
The 2017 Ford Super Duty trucks will continue, unsurprisingly, to boast a tough, big, and boxy design well suited to their heavy workloads. It's unknown at this point whether Ford will adopt aluminum bodywork for the Super Duty trucks, as is the case for the 2015 Ford F-150. On the F-150, doing so drops as much as 700 pounds of weight, increasing both fuel economy and towing/hauling capacities.
Beneath the hood, we can most likely expect updated versions of the 6.2-liter gas V-8 and 6.7-liter turbodiesel V-8 used in current Ford Super Duty trucks. The turbodiesel was enhanced for the 2015 model year, yielding a bit more power thanks to a new turbocharger; that change likewise improving towing performance.
One big change is that the 2017 Ford Super Duty may use a new ten-speed automatic transmission. Ford and GM are working together on a ten-speed for rear-wheel-drive applications, which is expected to be ready for the 2017 model year. If so, an all-new truck would be the perfect first application for the fruit of that joint venture.
Our source says the new Ford Super Duty will arrive in 2016 for the 2017 model year. Expect more details on the truck to trickle out over the next two years.