2017 Ford F-450 Super Duty Flexes Towing Muscles | Edmunds

2017 Ford F-450 Super Duty Flexes Towing Muscles

DEARBORN, Michigan — The 2017 Ford F-450 Super Duty pickup truck can tow up to 32,500 pounds, a jump of 1,300 pounds from the outgoing truck, Ford said on Monday.

The 32,500 number refers to the maximum gooseneck tow rating.

The all-new Super Duty arrives at Ford dealerships this fall. Pricing will be announced closer to the launch date.

Ford said it cut the weight of the aluminum-bodied Super Duty by up to 350 pounds. This allowed the automaker to reinvest that weight savings "in more robust components everywhere it counts to give customers more towing and hauling capability than ever before," the company said in a statement.

Fifth-wheel towing capacity climbs to 27,500 pounds on the 2017 Super Duty and conventional towing is rated at 21,000 pounds. Maximum payload capacity is 7,630 pounds.

In other specification details, Ford said buyers can expect upgraded engine performance on the 2017 Super Duty.

The 6.7-liter turbodiesel Power Stroke V8 engine delivers the same 440 horsepower as before, but torque increases to 925 pound-feet from 860 lb-ft.

The 6.2-liter gasoline V8 engine gets a torque increase from 405 pound-feet to 430 pound-feet. Horsepower remains the same at 385.

The 2017 F-250 Super Duty pickup with the 6.2-liter V8 adds an all-new TorqShift-G six-speed automatic transmission. Ford said this combination will deliver improved fuel economy, but specific fuel-economy numbers were not revealed.

The Super Duty's all-new fully boxed frame is up to 24 times stiffer than the previous frame to support increased towing and hauling.

The Super Duty lineup targets such competitors as the Ram 3500, Nissan Titan XD and  Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD.

Edmunds says: Buyers of big pickups get some critical specs from Ford ahead of any plans they may be making for fall purchases.

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