Ford adds more capability and power to these work-ready trucks

The2017 Ford Super Duty’s work-ready, vocational version recently debuted at the 2016 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. The new Super Duty Chassis Cab sits atop the standard Super Duty truck line, acting as the base for aftermarket add-ons like dump beds, utility beds, wrecker service beds. The Chassis Cab option is offered on F-350 through F-550 platforms.

Ford has improved the Super Duty Chassis Cab to have best-in-class capabilities that outmatch even the mighty Ram 5500 HD. The front axle, for instance, now has a maximum gross axle weight rating of 7,500 pounds. That’s 250 pounds more than the nearest competitor. The additional weight capacity allows the Super Duty to carry heavier loads up front, like snowplows, utility buckets, and ambulance bodies.

What’s more, the trucks overall weight rating, called the gross combined weight rating, is now at 40,000 pounds. This includes the weight of the truck, its cargo and passengers, and trailer weight. Ford is quick to point out that GCWR of 40,000 pounds is half of that of an 18-wheeler. These are indeed big numbers.

The Super Duty Chassis Cab carries nearly all the updates and improvements as the standard F-250, F-350, and F-450 Super Duty pickups available to general consumers. That includes the all-aluminum body structure with a new appearance and a cabin that mimics the F-150’s interior. There are, however, a number of differences that make the Chassis Cab unique.

Obviously, the lack of a conventional cargo bed is the most noticeable. Second, the Chassis Cab’s frame is different. While it is formed from high-strength steel, only the front portion is fully boxed. The rear frame section past the cab is a C-channel, allowing for easy up-fits of aftermarket bed systems. Still, the fame is said to be eight times more ridged than before.

Perhaps the biggest difference, however, is the power ratings from the 6.7-liter Power Stroke. The turbodiesel V-8 is de-tuned to 330 horsepower and 750 pound-feet of torque. While this is a drastic drop from the conventional Super Duty’s 440 horsepower and 860 pound-feet, it does allow for a longer service life. Ford claims the engine can go 500,000 miles before its first major rebuild. That’s fantastic news for fleet operators. Despite the de-tune, the commercial-grade Power Stroke still gets a bump in power over the previous Super Duty Chassis Cab. The version in the 2017 Super Duty has 30 horsepower and 90 pound-feet of torque more than in the 2016 model year.

All these improvements help make the Ford Super Duty Chassis Cab a more competitive truck in the commercial sector as business owners look to smartly invest in worthwhile equipment.

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Why it matters

The Ford Super Duty Chassis Cab is a major part of Ford’s F-Series sales. Companies, government bodies, and even the military use chassis cab trucks as the basis for their work vehicles. With empty frame rails past the cab, the possibilities are nearly limitless as to what aftermarket up-fit companies can attach – from a roll-back wrecker to a 30-passenger party bus with everything in between.

The addition of heavier-duty axles and an available 40,000-pound GCWR allows these aftermarket up-fitters to offer larger options or fleet managers to fit trucks with more equipment. Imagine an ambulance that’s now able to carry more life-saving equipment that would have otherwise overloaded the truck.

Work trucks might not be the most glamorous vehicles on the road, but they certainly serve a major role in society. It’s nice to see advancement in this category, despite it being outside most consumers’ knowledge.

Ford, America’s truck leader, is delivering again for commercial truck customers who keep America moving with the all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty chassis cab – the toughest, smartest, most capable Super Duty chassis cab ever.

With best-in-class capability, the all-new F-350, F-450 and F-550 chassis cab lineup is optimized to help commercial customers be more productive on the job – from clearing snow-filled streets to rescuing stranded motorists to restoring power in a storm.

“Commercial truck customers need tough, capable trucks that can haul heavy equipment to crush challenging jobs,” said Craig Schmatz, Ford Super Duty chief engineer. “The innovations our team has put into the next-generation Super Duty chassis cab are paying off by delivering capability that surpasses the competition.”

The next-generation F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty chassis cab lineup features:
Best-in-class front gross axle weight rating of up to 7,500 pounds – 250 pounds better than the closest competitor – that supports carrying bigger snowplows, taller utility buckets and cranes, larger ambulance bodies or other specialized vocational body upfits
Best-in-class gross combined weight rating of up to 40,000 pounds – the combined weight of the truck and everything it can haul and tow – for both truck and trailer. That’s the equivalent of half the maximum gross combined weight rating of an 18-wheeler semi on most U.S. federal highways
330 horsepower and 750 lb.-ft. of torque from second-generation Ford-designed, Ford-built 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 diesel – best-ever ratings for Class 4 and Class 5 Super Duty chassis cab

Capability starts with all-new frame
Thanks to an all-new backbone, F-350, F-450 and F-550 F-Series chassis cab delivers more work capability than ever.

The all-new frame is the toughest, strongest, most rigid frame ever used in a Super Duty chassis cab. It features 95 percent high-strength steel with eight times more torsional rigidity than the previous frame, through-welded crossmembers, and fully boxed rails under the cab and forward for strength and safety. Open C-channel frame rails behind the cab enable easy body and vocational equipment upfits. All these improvements help deliver the best-in-class 40,000-pound maximum gross combined weight rating and the 500-pound increase in front gross axle weight rating, along with increased towing capacity over the previous Super Duty chassis cab.

Weight savings reinvested for improved capability
Using advanced materials, Ford is saving up to 350 pounds of weight in the all-new F-Series Super Duty – reinvesting that savings into tougher, stronger components.

For the first time, the Super Duty body uses high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy throughout the cab, which improves dent and ding resistance while saving weight for significant increases in towing and payload capability.

“We are reinvesting the weight saved by using advanced materials, giving that savings back to customers with more capability and performance than ever,” said Schmatz.

In addition to the heavier-duty fully boxed frame under the cab, many components are more robust in the new Super Duty, including axles, suspension, driveline and towing hardware.

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The all-new 2017 Super Duty chassis cab with the proven Ford-built second-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel paired with a commercial-grade six-speed 6R140 automatic transmission adds 30 horsepower and 90 lb.-ft. of torque for a maximum rating of 330 horsepower and 750 lb.-ft. of torque – the highest ever for Super Duty chassis cab.

Ford is the only heavy-duty truck manufacturer to design and build its own diesel engine and transmission combination, ensuring the powertrain will work seamlessly with all chassis components and vehicle calibrations – from concept to execution. The approach enables Ford engineers to optimize vehicle performance across the entire lineup.

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