2016 F-150 and all-new 2017 Super Duty
Ford’s 2016 F-150, part of Ford F-Series and America’s best-selling truck for 38 years, continues to evolve with addition of revolutionary towing technology, new appearance packages, Ford’s connectivity package Sync 3 and an alternative fuel capability.
The all-new Pro Trailer Backup Assist makes it easier for drivers of all skill levels to back a trailer up to position a load or park in a driveway. The unique technology allows a driver to steer a trailer by turning a knob left or right and the truck performs the necessary steering to put the trailer right where the driver wants it.
The appearance packages for XLT and Lariat personalize F-150, adding unique 20-inch premium anodized dark-painted aluminum wheels with red sport lettering, black running boards, smoked headlamps, unique body-side graphics and more.
Sync 3 is Ford’s latest communications and entertainment system and features enhanced voice recognition, high-speed performance and touch screen with an easy-to-understand graphic interface.
2016 F-150 engine options
The engine lineup for the 2016 F-150 includes four engine options:
- 7L EcoBoost V6 with standard auto start-stop produces 325 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque. The 2.7L EcoBoost 4×2 has a maximum payload rating of 2,250 pounds and maximum tow rating of 8,500 pounds
- 5L EcoBoost V6 twin-turbo engine delivers 420 lb-ft of torque and 365 hp to enable towing up to 12,200 pounds. Maximum payload rating is 3,180 pounds
- 0L V-8 with independent variable camshaft timing delivers 385 hp and 387 lb-ft of torque
- 5L V6 with twin independent variable camshaft timing produces 283 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. Maximum payload is 1,910 pounds and maximum tow rating is 7,600 pounds
The 2016 F-150 with the 5.0L V-8 engine now has a gaseous-fuel prep option, so it’s capable of running on compressed natural gas or propane.
Five primary trims are available: XL, XLT, Lariat, Platinum and King Ranch. The FX4 off-road package can be added to most four-wheel-drive models, improving capability with electronic locking rear axle, skid plates and off-road-tuned shocks.
2017 Ford Super Duty
The 2017 Super Duty will not be available until the end of 2016. Significantly different from the 2016, it gets the aluminum cab that was first announced several years ago for the F-150.
It also gets a boxed heavier-duty frame and bigger axles and brakes than previous Super Duty models, so where the F-150 slimmed down by 700 pounds with the use of the lightweight material, the Super Duty will only be 350 pounds lighter, but it’s all in the right direction, improving fuel economy or increasing payload and trailer capability.
In the interim, the current Super Duty pickups have had a number of changes. Ford says Super Duty continues its leadership with Ford diesel ratings for maximum towing capacity plus a class-leading 440 hp and torque of up to 860 lb-ft Changes for the 2016 F-Series Super Duty include an available rearview camera and prep kit (requires pickup box delete), available four-corner LED warning strobe light kit for fleet vehicles, and standard rapid-heat supplemental cab heater in cold-weather states.
Along with the Ford 6.7L Power Stroke V-8 turbo diesel, Super Duty is available with a 6.2L 385-hp V-8 that produces 405 lb-ft of torque. Both engines get Ford’s 6R140 TorqShift 6-speed automatic transmission with standard tow/haul mode for towing.
Specifically, the F-350 Super Duty delivers a maximum 5th-wheel/gooseneck towing capacity of 26,500 pounds, and a gross combined weight rating of up to 35,000 pounds.
The F-450 tops the F-Series Super Duty lineup with maximum gooseneck towing capacity of 31,200 pounds and a 5th-wheel towing capacity of 26,500 pounds. The truck’s gross combined weight rating is 40,400 pounds − a shade more than half of a fully loaded tractor-trailer.
−By Steve Sturgess, stevesturgess.com