Ford is on a roll. The company has just launched the updated 2015 Super Duty and the all-new 2015 Ford F-150. They are also in the midst of testing the 2016 Ford Super Duty trucks.
The 2015 Super Duty received the updated and more powerful 6.7L Power Stroke V8 engine with 440 horsepower and 860 lb-ft of torque. It also carries higher payload and tow ratings. However, the market is on the move. Ram HD uprated their Cummins powered trucks to 865 lb-ft of torque, and GM is preparing the next generation of Duramax powered pickups. There is no time to sit and wait.
Ford already has a stout Power Stroke engine, but they can improve the payload and towing capabilities even further by removing weight out of the truck itself. Why not employ the same technologies and know-how used in the new F-150? Use even more high-strength and lighter weight steel in the frame, and construct the cab and bed out of high-grade aluminum. It’s possible the next generation Super Duty can get rid of the similar 700 pounds from the curb weight, and increase the payload and tow rating by around 1,000 lbs or more.
Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, writer, reporter, and software engineer. He has been writing and reporting at TFL since 2011.