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2016 Ford F-Series Super Duty, What to Expect?

Thursday, August 14th 2014. | 2015 Ford F-150, 2016 Ford Super Duty, News
The 2016 F-250 will not look anything like this, this the Super Chief Concept

The 2016 F-250 will not look anything like this, this the Super Chief Concept

2015 only saw a minor refresh to the Ford F-Series Super Duty (with quite a generous power increase), but we’ll have an all new 2016 Ford F-Series Super Duty (which are the F-250, F-350 and F-450). We don’t know much about this new truck yet, but we can get a pretty good idea from what we learned from the new half-tons and from what we’ve seen in spy photography (which includes a rather unfortunate incident).

2015 6.7 Liter Powerstroke Diesel with 440hp and 880tq

2015 6.7 Liter Powerstroke Diesel with 440hp and 860tq

Engines, we don’t have much of an idea yet. But considering the Powerstroke just got updated (to 440 horsepower and an astounding 860 lb-ft of torque), it may just carry over to the 2016 F-250 and up. As for the 6.2 liter V8, that’s another story, will we see a new engine? It’s already been cut from the F-150 line-up. Is the Super Duty next? Will Ford turn to its downsize-and-turbo strategy they’ve employed for their smaller trucks? I don’t think it’s likely, at least not as the sole-gasoline-powerplant. I am firm believer that the Ford’s heavy duty trucks will keep a large V8 in their arsenal, just what that will be, only time will tell.

 

Then what about its construction? I expect high strength steel for the frame and aluminum for the body, just as Ford has done for the F-150. They were able to realize incredible weight savings and gains in structural strength/rigidity at the same time. Carrying this strategy over to the 2016 Super Duty makes a lot of sense. Both from a fuel economy standpoint and the ability to stay under GVWR limitations while towing/hauling more at the same time. Every pound Ford saves in the weight of these trucks is a pound gained in what the F-Series can be rated to tow.

2016 Ford F-250 Super Duty Caught Testing

2016 Ford F-250 Super Duty Caught Testing

To further back up our aluminum-body-argument; we’ve seen some spy photography recently of Ford testing a Super Duty, which appears to have a body made out of aluminum. Unfortunately, one of those times it was seen being tested, the truck caught on fire. But this is why Ford tests these trucks extensively before the general public is able to buy them. The silver lining, although nothing quite compensates for a burnt down truck, is that the cladding around the truck, disguising its body panels, was burnt off, revealing that the body was made of aluminum.

2016 Ford F-Series Super Duty Test Mule Catches Fire, Reveals Aluminum Body

2016 Ford F-Series Super Duty Test Mule Catches Fire, Reveals Aluminum Body

So there’s what we know so far about the 2016 Ford F-250, F-350 and F-450. I promise you I won’t make it a habit to post burning Ford’s, but when something like that reveals a very important detail for an upcoming model, I’m willing to make an exception, especially a huge change like a weight saving, all-aluminum body. Which reveals to us, that for 2016, we can expect higher towing and payload capacities without these trucks running into GVWR limits. This will certainly give Ford a leg-up over the competition from Ram and GM (Sierra and Silverado).

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