Here is another look at the upcoming 2017 Ford Super Duty prototype, caught by a TFLtruck viewer. This is the so-called “Mega” cab version with an extension to the crew cab. The current crew cab is already roomy, but if it’s not enough – this stretch should satisfy even the tallest people. Also, this configuration will go up against the Ram HD Mega cab.
We know that Ford is investing $80 million into the Louisville plant to enable the aluminum body construction for the next Super Duty. There are many skeptics of the aluminum strategy, but it will be very interesting to see how this will affect the payload and towing numbers. The redesigned 2015 Ford F-150 reduced weight by around 700 lbs by using aluminum body and other weight saving components and technologies. The Super Duty should be able to lose at least the same amount.
The Power Stroke V8 diesel will continue to be offered, but there are also rumors that certain configurations will utilize the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 in the heavy duty truck. This is no official information on this. Perhaps, the lighter weight of the next truck will allow the use of the turbo engine, or the 5.0L V8.
Update: take a closer look. Is the cab extension on this prototype look like a true mega-cab, or is it simply camouflage.
Check out this TFLtruck Prototype Hunting video with the F-450 and F-350 prototypes.