SPIED: 2017 Ford F-350 Regular Cab Long Bed XL!
Contractor’s Special Seen Roaming Streets of Dearborn
Whenever manufacturers roll out new trucks, the models they show to the assembled media hordes are the top-trim, $70,000-plus whiz-bang models with shiatsu hot stone massage seats with Patagonian free-range leather, suede headliner, and auto tow/park/cruise. However, there are still a lot of truck customers for which it is, first and foremost, a work tool. They’re looking for something that will start and run reliably, take the abuse it’s subjected to in a normal work day, and doesn’t care if it’s washed weekly -- or monthly, for that matter. Don’t worry, as advanced and sophisticated as the 2017 Ford Super Duty is, there’s still a refrigerator-white contractor’s special that will be offered, and we caught it roaming right around its home turf of Dearborn, Michigan.
Most of the broader technical details of the 2017 Super Duty have already been revealed, so we know it will have a choice of a 6.2L SOHC gasoline V-8 as the base engine, with the 6.7L Power Stroke V-8 diesel optional. Final power figures have not yet been announced, but we expect a slight increase for both engines. The cab of the new Super Duty is essentially identical to the new F-150, with unique nose and bed designs. The shots of this long-bed, regular-cab F-350 indicate it is the gas model, as evidenced by the non-venturi single tailpipe. Ford and the other truck makers may be waxing poetic about their high-trim rhinestone cowboy models, but the heart and soul of the HD market is work trucks, and Ford isn’t about to abandon it.