2017 Ford Super Duty: Styling and Interior

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By Aaron Bragman

Debuting at the 2015 State Fair of Texas in Dallas, the 2017 Ford Super Duty proves to be just as substantially redesigned as its little brother, the all-new 2015 F-150. The differences are especially noticeable in the Super Duty's styling and interior.

Styling

Just like the outgoing model, the redesigned 2017 Ford Super Duty is a big truck. It becomes even more evident when one is parked next to a new Ford F-150. Although the heavy-duty and light-duty pickups share all three cabins now (crew, supercab, and regular), Super Dutys sit higher and have a more massive presence. Like the F-150's update, the Super Duty cabin is bigger than the model it replaces — about 4 inches longer for all models for greater interior space.

Also like the F-150, it's made out of aluminum — the cab and box are entirely constructed of the lightweight metal, while the chassis is rendered in high-strength steel. The bed contains 14 percent more aluminum by mass than the F-150's bed to allow for the Super Duty's greater payload capacity. The weight savings from switching to so much aluminum is considerable — but Ford took some of that savings and beefed up other components (like the frame, axles, and transfer case) of the Super Duty, so net the new truck is only up to 350 pounds lighter than the old one (depending on configuration). Regular-cab, SuperCab and crew-cab styles are again offered.

Outside, the Ford stylists tried to change the vertical orientation of the F-250 and F-350 into a more horizontal one by gracing the Super Duty with a massive plastic shield grille stretching between the headlights. Five different grilles are available for the Super Duty; they all feature the largest-ever 13-inch Ford blue oval logo smack in the center. The words Super Duty are stamped into the aluminum hood in greater clarity and relief than in the old steel hood. It helps a little bit, but not much — you're still struck by the size of the stacked headlights, which are now available in high-output LEDs, but the imposing, intimidating look is in keeping with the Super Duty's mission.

Interior

The new Super Duty's interior has been updated to mirror the one introduced by the F-150. It's not groundbreaking in terms of style, but it's significantly better than the truck it replaces in terms of material quality, assembly and comfort. Much of it is shared with the F-150, but there are a few key differences such as the standard panel of six overhead auxiliary switches for upfitters and accessories, and a split dual-level glove box on the passenger side. The trailer brake controller has been raised higher in the console but still sits relatively low on the dash above the driver's right knee. The rear seats also have a novel flip-up feature with a new under-seat box that allows for hidden storage of loose items. The SuperCab and crew-cab models feature a completely flat rear floor, making loading large items like boxed plasma televisions a snap.

The 2017 Super Duty will also feature Ford's new Sync3, a completely redesigned system that appears to be a cross between Chrysler's excellent Uconnect interface and the best smartphone screens. It's paired with a big 8-inch touch-screen in the center console. It looks easier to use and faster in its responses; we look forward to giving it a full workout in the future.

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Comments

was NOT the official result of 2015 Rocky Mountain Driving Experience. that was just one journalists opinion.

This is the only thing I can find about Ram trucks and the state fair of texas. :(

The Silverado and the redesigned 2016 GMC Sierra go head-to-head with the new 2015 F-150 aluminum body pickup and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Ram brand. Ram for mid-2015 and 2016 is offering a new off-road Rebel model and redesigned upscale Laramie Limited.

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/autos/general-motors/2015/09/24/chevy-rolls-refreshed-silverado-pickups/72717900/

One thing I just thought... are we going to have to put up with bafo's idiocies for the next year and a half of his flawed and incorrect posts constantly. This time next year his beliefs is guaranteed is going to be overwhelming majority of fseries sales are going to be composed of steel superduty.... the aluminum f150 and aluminum superduty sales are going to be in the tank According to him. All the While ford turns record profits. Heck he still thinks ford has 5000 a month steel f150's being sold. Next year and a half to 2 years the clown is going to provide great entertainment!!!!

Motortrend picked the Trd pro over the rebel.... There decision nothing to do with the meaningless Rocky Mountain thing. Trd pro wasn't used in the Rocky Mountain thing. According to motortrend the tundra pro is better then the rebel

@Scott, I will wait to hear what PUTC has to say about the Ram Rebel. I don't trust Motor Trend OR TFL TRUCKS becuase he owns a Raptor and is biased!

PUTC SAYS:
Head-to-Head 4x4 Challenge

We took out a pair of evenly matched off-road pickups — a 2015 Ram Rebel 1500 crew cab and a 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro CrewMax — to see how they compared and discovered some interesting details. This test was not about towing, creature comforts or which pickup wore the most hats. Instead, this test was all about how they performed on different off-road terrain: rocks, hill climbs, sand, washes and more. We'll have the results of this comparison in October, but you can be sure we had a blast taking these trucks off-road and pushing them to their limits.

Roman at TFL TRUCKS owns the Raptor that was used in that test. Can you say media bias? I prefer independent 3rd party testings! I will wait to hear what PUTC says about the Ram Rebel in October!

#GUTSGLORYRAM

I agree with BAFO. At the SFOT, Ram is going to bring the noise.

They have an all new Ram Rebel and new Laramie Limited up their sleeves.

They don't need any other new trucks because RAM is already best in class to begin with.

Ram has best in class fuel economy. Best in class towing. Best in class payload.

And Ford, you are going to feel the bang!

https://youtu.be/-1ygpO-OrME?t=33s

I agree with BAFO. At the SFOT, Ram is going to bring the noise.

They have an all new Ram Rebel and new Laramie Limited up their sleeves.

They don't need any other new trucks because RAM is already best in class to begin with.

Ram has best in class fuel economy. Best in class towing. Best in class payload.

And Ford, you are going to feel the bang!

https://youtu.be/-1ygpO-OrME?t=33s

@Lou_BC - I want a pickup that makes me look good, a truck that fits me like fine clothes, everybody in my work crew owns a Ram and I am a very good looking handsome man with broad shoulders , perfect body! I need a truck that also makes me look good and my F-150 doesn't do that, I have an image to keep.
The pearl white Ram 1500 will make me look good. The King always traveled in the best looking carriage with white horses.

How does best off road truck (Rebel) get stuck in the mud & the other truck (Raptor) does not? LOL

@Scott,
This still leaves 82% of F-150s in steel.

Ford would of been better off not using aluminium yet.

Better engine and drivetrain tech is available to build a cheaper HD than using aluminium.

I don't really see an EcoBoost viable in a truck. Most 1/2 ton pickups aren't really used as trucks. They are just a SUV/Car alternative.

Gasoline is great for cars, but working trucks use diesel for a reason.

Why doesn't Ford use a smaller diesel of around 4 litres as an entry model. A few hundred horsepower diesel with 500-600ftlb of torque is more than adequate for most applications.

Lou describes the logging industry as indicative of the average truck market. I doubt this very much.

You can't be serious in trying to connect the logging industry to say someone in an urban environment, which is the most likely place and largest base for trucks.

The reason why US pickups have a longer break even point is you are describing the current range of V8s in use.

I'm describing a different engine, not the expensive V8 Powerstrokes, etc.

Industry does find it attractive to run diesels. Canadians' in all seriousness follow the US'es lead in the automotive industry.

Look outside of your backyard (literally, logging?), look around the world.

I do find the average pickup guy isn't innovative and creative.

It's the US manufacturers that are pushing the gasoline engines not business.

Wow i liked the old ford super duty much more than this ridiculous looking truck. The front end is just terrible looking and that grill is just a joke

Wow i liked the old ford super duty much more than this ridiculous looking truck. The front end is just terrible looking and that grill is just a joke

I'll amend my earlier comment after seeing some additional photography. The "flat floor" does fold, but it's still the thick riser that you see and still forces the rear seat to be higher up to accommodate it when folded. The Ram platform folds much flatter when stowed.

The other thing that just looks bizarre is the dually fender. The extension is the "square with the upper corners cut off" theme used elsewhere in the truck, with a pronounced round arch extended from that... giving it a "double fender extension" appearance - one square, one round, with each covering about half the outside-dual tire. Very strange looking.

It will be interesting to see how large discounting will be............and the change to Ford's bottom line.

The MSRP isn't a good indicator of the cost of a truck. The transaction costs are.

People are treating my comment as if no F Series will be sold. This will not be the case. I do think there will be a drop in Ford sales to the point where Ford might lose it's No. 1 spot.

Also, did Ford look at the profitability of the F Series using current numbers? In the auto industry a drop in sales of several percent can have a significant impact on profits.

Remember Nissan and Toyota will are releasing HD alternatives as well. These will be cheaper than Big 3 HDs. This will put pressure on the trucks as well.

I do believe the Colorado will place some pressure on the V6 full size buyer as well. A person buying a V6 isn't looking for a superior tow vehicle, but some utility.

The new Navara/Frontier is supposed to be the next benchmark in the smaller trucks. If it is better than the Colorado the consumer might start to have some choice. Do I buy a Impala size vehicle or a Camry. As pickups become more like a SUV/CUV the traditional view of a pickup will alter, like cars. Does everyone drive around in the biggest car? No. Because not many want or need the capability of a larger car.

Even as poor as some state the Ram is concerning it's payload, etc, they are selling. So it seems a pickup isn't just about payload.

Working pickups would probably be around 20% of all pickup sales. I do realise 1/2 are bought for business, but out of them how many are not business vehicles, but a tax write off.

I really do think the US pickup market is going to change. The numbers that we see now by the manufactures will alter quite a bit over the next few years.

Ford is under pressure. The aluminium F Series will be a nice truck, but there will be more pickups released in the near future that might be more attractive to purchase.

It will come down more to cost vs expectations. How many people worry about the construction of a ladder? Not many. So just because the pickup is aluminium will not have as significant an impact as some on this site allude to. Yes, the truck is different. But is what it does that much different?

My philosophy is similar to a diesel. A diesel is significantly more different in a pickup. As it character is changed. Aluminium is not different than having a vinyl or carpet floor mat.

Ford has spent a lot of money on a gamble. Ford will not lose, but they will drop a wrung or two.

Also, where are Ford's FE figures for the F-150. Will the F-150s with the 2.7 EcoBoost released to the public have the same tune as the press release trucks?

Somehow I don't think Ford is transparent enough with this information. Wasn't the use of aluminium due to FE?

Good to see tom#3 make a reappearance on here. I though you would be The Ford Engineer today. Oh well you missed it again.

@hemi

So since motortrend said the Trd pro is way superior to the rebel and you say you don't agree with motortrend does that mean motortrend truck of the year meaningless..... Such as back to back motortrend truck of the year the ram.

looks like Auntie Aluminum from Oz has a fan club.

The truck is nice but I not a fan of those two big chrome bars on the grill. A simpler grill with smaller bars would look better. I like the flat floor in the rear and how the seat cushions fold up giving more space to put things on the floor when the rear seat is not in use.

I'd pick a Tundra Pro over a Ram Rebel any day. Even on a bad day the Tundra is more reliable than Ram.

The air ride system isn't heavy duty enough for a 1500 pickup. PUTC criticized it while towing and under load. I'd question how it would hold up on gravel roads on a daily basis. I saw a Ram 1500 behind the FCA dealer a few days ago with blown airbags on the passenger side.

It still has those ugly round wheel wells, ugh!

Lol at Big Al support team. His comments are hilarious. He's constantly contradicting himself, even worse than Big Al himself. (Oh wait, it is Big Al) First he says the Ecoboost is not viable in a 1/2 ton truck. Next sentence he says most trucks are used like cars. I do agree with him that a smaller, less powerful, more fuel efficient diesel would be a great option for the f250. But at the same time it would make no economic sense for Ford (or any truckmaker) to offer such an option. It would just cut into the sales of the big diesel and they would have a lot more r&d and manufacturing costs to recoup.

The dashboard looks like a combination of elements from both the 2015 Ram heavy-duty and the 2015 GMC heavy-duty, but mostly it looks like they copied Ram. This 2017 Superduty dash is definitely better than the 2015 Superduty it replaces, but it's not anything groundbreaking, just catching up to Ram.

Ford pickup grills have for years been over-wrought, like they are trying to compensate for something. Previous generation Ram grills are the best looking IMO, because they are simple, attractive,muscular and fit the vehicle's overall looks without being over-the-top like Ford's. Too bad Ram is starting to "experiment" with its grill design, because the newest grills from Ram are decidedly off-putting compared to the previous decades of strong-but-simple, understated grills. GMC grills are just a confusing mess, busy without looking particularly muscular.

I would choose the Rebel over the Raptor. Frame gets bent if you go off roading. 4 wheel mag had the Eco Burst go in limp mode trying to do some spirited driving. Said it was uninspiring.
At least it didn't burst into flames like most Ford's do.

In fourwheeler test Rams air suspension over heats offroad and renders the suspepesion inoperable

I hope not chuck. Dodge has had enough recalls this year.

I hope not chuck. Dodge has had enough recalls this year.

Hemi guy buys Ram so he can get free coffee at the dealer while his Ram is getting fixed for the recall of the week. Comb your hair you don't look so good.

@ HEMIPOWERWAGON2019, A.E.V is going to be at the Texas state fair with the Ram Prospector.

http://www.aev-conversions.com/vehicles/ram

@HEMI V8, Brother, that's aftermarket. I was hoping for a factory debut from Ram. I guess it is just not Ram's year this year. :(

I am confused with what is happening with Ram trucks. Do you know if the 2016 Ram HD minor update already happened? Or are they talking about next year? There is also a major update for 2018 and that will be my next truck.

See the chart that I'm talking about: http://www.allpar.com/trucks/ram/2016-1500.html


@HEMI V8, I found the answer. When they are talking about 2016, they really mean 2017 MY for the minor update to the HD trucks and 2018 means 2019 MY for the MAJOR UPDATE. I don't know if I can wait that long. I have waited this long so I might as well wait for the 2019 Ram major update.

"We should see minor updates to the chassis cabs and heavy duty pickups for model year 2017, with major updates in 2019, and a minor rebranding of some models to the “Ram Professional” line."

http://www.allpar.com/model/upcoming-trucks.html

@HEMI V8, I found the answer. When they are talking about 2016, they really mean 2017 MY for the minor update to the HD trucks and 2018 means 2019 MY for the MAJOR UPDATE. I don't know if I can wait that long. I have waited this long so I might as well wait for the 2019 Ram major update.

"We should see minor updates to the chassis cabs and heavy duty pickups for model year 2017, with major updates in 2019, and a minor rebranding of some models to the “Ram Professional” line."

http://www.allpar.com/model/upcoming-trucks.html

2019 Ram 2500 HD will be my next truck. It should debut at the 2017 State Fair of Texas.

@Hemi V8, If you google news for Ram trucks, all that comes up is a recall for 1.7 million Ram trucks. Bob Hegbloom really dropped the ball at this year's SFOT. smh.

https://www.google.com/search?q=ram+trucks&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8#q=ram+trucks&tbm=nws

Low hanging frame?? It has running boards. That isn't the frame.

Very nice but who has 70-75k to buy the high end models? I sure don't. These prices are getting out of hand. Instead of power wars how about a price war. That truck shouldn't cost more then 50k.

Glad to see no console shifters from the F150, was getting a little light in the loafers for a pickup.

This is a cool but simple interior feature on the new ford!!!!

http://truckyeah.jalopnik.com/2017-ford-super-duty-has-a-really-practical-optional-gu-1732859372

There goes HemiV8 talking to himself again. Guess ignorance runs wild on this site. And oh by the way Hemi, you said you would pick the Rebel cause the Raptor might bend a frame, well you gotta get that rebel unstuck first in order to use it. Not in the same league as the RAPTOR.

The ram rebel suspension overheats offroad making it useless.

Except for the really fugly front end on these aluminium SuperDutys, I really think the question should be "How much will it cost to get into one?"

These snippets of spin coming out of Ford really don't highlight costs.

Most who comment here probably don't even own a pickup let alone drive one. Running costs are also significant, even for a daily driver pickup.

The reality is aluminium isn't producing a more competitive product for Ford as is proven with the aluminium F-150.

As the F-150 has shown it's prices must drop to that of it's competitors to sell. Even then, they aren't selling as well as GMs S twins.

I do have empathy for Ford. They gone gone beyond the point of no return with the use of aluminium, where aluminium wasn't necessary.

That is a good looking truck. Much better than the last few years. Defiantly the best looking heavy duty truck.

This is the only thing I can find about Ram trucks and the state fair of texas. :(

Posted by: HEMIPOWERWAGON2019 | Sep 24, 2015 3:58:07 PM

Don't worry Ram Trucks will be there with their award winning Best in Class J2807 trucks.

@Hemi V8, If you google news for Ram trucks, all that comes up is a recall for 1.7 million Ram trucks. Bob Hegbloom really dropped the ball at this year's SFOT. smh.

https://www.google.com/search?q=ram+trucks&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8#q=ram+trucks&tbm=nws


Posted by: KCT | Sep 25, 2015 2:07:27 AM

They keep this up they may catch up to Ford. :-(


Don't worry Ram Trucks will be there with their award winning Best in Class J2807 trucks.


Posted by: HEMI V8 | Sep 25, 2015 4:33:50 PM

So they are only showing up with a stripped down regular cab 2wd dually then????

So, you kids are left to arguing is the Ford better than the Ram.

Why don't you look at what Ford is offering and at what cost.

Why is it Ram has improved numbers significantly over the past several years?

Has FCA found the correct formula tha appeases the potential pickup consumer?

I really do think this Ram vs Ford tripe has really beaten it's path to nowhere.

Is all the Ford got is to put down Ram, which is the number 3 in numbers?

So, do you Frod guys only consider Ram you competition.

What about GM and it's pickups.

Oh.........................that's to competitive for the Ford guys to debate over.

Why are you Ford guys so worried about Ram??????

I actually would not mind having an aluminum vehicle but I don't want to pay a significant amount more for one or have higher insurance costs and body repair costs. I think what most Ford fan boys don't really get is that Ford did not do this because of rust issues but more to get the weight down to meet the new efficiency standards. I think eventually Ford will regain most of their sales back but in a highly competitive market Ford cannot expect to sell their trucks without incentives.

Although I don't like the wheels...that is now the best looking HD pickup.

Why are you Ford guys so worried about Ram??????


Posted by: Big Al from Oz | Sep 26, 2015 4:01:58 AM

It's simple. Ram is the KING of BEASTS!!!!



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