2017 Ford Super Duty leaves competition in dust

All-new 2017 Ford F-450 Super Duty Platinum Crew Cab 4x4 Class 3 dual-rear-wheel pickup is the top-of-the-line luxury model and tow boss of the lineup. It can pull heavier gooseneck and fifth-wheel trailers than ever.

All-new 2017 Ford F-450 Super Duty Platinum Crew Cab 4×4 Class 3 dual-rear-wheel pickup is the top-of-the-line luxury model and tow boss of the lineup. It can pull heavier gooseneck and fifth-wheel trailers than ever.

By Jerry Robbin

The impressive all-new Ford Super Duty F250 takes after its sibling the F-150. The 2017 Super Duty has adopted the F150 all-aluminum body in an effort to cut weight and strengthen its frame.

The 2017 F250 Platinum is capable of an all-new tow experience that is better than its predecessor. This all-new truck has up to seven cameras for 360-degree monitoring everything around.  There’s even a camera in the center high-mounted stop lamp on the back of the cab to help guide gooseneck hitches.

This truck handles superbly in any road or off-road situation. The steering is responsive and the brakes can stop at any speed, even while hauling a big load.

There’s also an optional in-cab tire-pressure monitoring system for trailer tires. The blind-spot warning system includes areas along the side of the trailer, too; it should make weekend haulers happy. This Super Duty truck leaves the competition in the dust. The Platinum is also offered with an FX4 off-road package.

Under the hood
The 6.2-liter V-8 continues to make 385 horsepower as before, but the torque is up 25 pound-feet to an impressive 430 pound-feet of torque.

Safety Features
• Two front headrests.
• LED headlamps.
• Dusk-sensing headlamps.
• Front and rear head airbags.
• Child seat anchors.
• Front and rear head airbags.
• Post-collision safety system.
• Stability control.
• Traction control.
• Rear door child safety locks.
• Turn signal mirrors.
• Rear inflatable seat belts w/rear belt monitor.
• Auto delay off headlamps.
• Trailer camera and tire pressure monitoring system.
• Vehicle Safe By Console Vault.
• Airbag Deployment Notification.

2017 Ford F-250 XL Super Duty interiorInside
The seats are supportive and comfortable. The all-new F250 Super Duty interior shares design elements with the F-150. The Super Duty has a second glove box, which gives you more than ample storage space.

Highlighting the F250 is an aluminum trim with the “Super Duty” logo stamped on. The trailer brake controller is moved upward a few inches, making it easier to operate.

The Super Duty is loaded with electronic gadgets that help the driver avoid trouble. Seven cameras help you keep an eye on every corner of the truck. This gives the Ford a 360-degree, overhead viewing angle, as well as the standard backup camera. Also included is a camera on the center high-mount stop light that peers into the cargo bed. This makes backing up to a fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailer a snap.

The last camera doesn’t offer the driver a view, but allows the computer to operate the Lane Departure Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control systems. Ford is also offering a wireless camera that can attach to the rear of a trailer, giving the driver a great view when backing up.

Frequent trailer towers will also like Ford’s integration of a tire pressure monitoring system for the trailer tires directly into the dash.
SYNC 3 is standard and the infotainment system software has faster performance, improved conversational voice recognition and a more intuitive interface.

Front seats
• Eight-way power driver seat.
• Bucket front seats.
• Eight-way power passenger seat.
• Height-adjustable driver seat.
• Height-adjustable passenger seat.
• Multi-level heating driver seat.
• Multi-level heating passenger seat.
• Driver seat with power adjustable lumbar support.
• Passenger seat with power adjustable lumbar support.
• Premium leather.

Rear Seats
• Split-folding rear seatback.
• Folding center armrest.

Power Features
• Hands-free entry.
• 2 one-touch power windows.
• Heated mirrors.

Instrumentation
• Trip computer.
• External temperature display.

Convenience
• Cruise control.
• Adjustable pedals.
• Front and rear cupholders.
• Front and rear door pockets
• Overhead console with storage.
• Power steering.
• Rear parking sensors.
• Rear view camera.
• Tilt and telescopic steering wheel.
• Universal remote transmitter (for garage door, security system, etc.)
• Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel.
• Destination Download.

Comfort
• Electrochromatic inside rear-view mirror.
• Heated steering wheel.
• Interior air filtration.
• Leather and wood steering wheel.
• Turn signal in mirrors.
• Climate control..
• Dual illuminating vanity mirrors.

2017-ford-f-250-xl-super-duty-interiorIn-car Entertainment
• Eleven total Sony speakers, including one subwoofer.
• AM/FM/CD stereo.
• USB with external media control.
• USB connection.
• Satellite radio w/real time traffic satellite radio.

Interior options
• Adaptive Cruise Control.
• Rapid-Heat supplemental cab heater.
• Premium vinyl flooring.
• Trailer camera.
• Upfitter switches.

Outside
The Super Duty looks much different than its predecessor and impressed me with its bold front grille and headlights.
Highlighting the exterior is a new lighting package that includes Quad-beam LED headlights. It also has LED side spotlights mounted within the side mirrors. The cargo box is also lit up with LED lights.

Exterior Measurements (for reviewed Crew Cab short wheelbase)
• Width: 80 in.
• Height: 78.3 in.
• Length (front bumper to back of cab): 250 in.
• Ground clearance: 8.5 in.

Interior Measurements
• Front head room: 40.8 in.
• Front leg room: 43.9 in.
• Front hip room: 64.7 in.
• Front shoulder room: 66.7 in.

Cargo Box Measurements (crew cab short wheelbase)
• Wheelbase: 6.75 ft.
• Volume: 65.4 cu. ft.
• Length at floor: 81.9 in.
• Width between wheelhouse: 66.9 in.

Summary
If you are in the market for a work truck with class and heavy-duty performance, then go to your local Ford dealer today and experience the all-new F250 Super Duty.