SPIED: 2017 Ford F-350 Lariat SuperCab Dualie
Mid-Level Super Duty Shows Shapely New Hips
Fresh out of the darkroom of our friends at SpiedBilde are photos of a completely undisguised 2017 Ford F-350 Super Duty SuperCab, equipped with dual rear wheels. This is the first we’ve seen of the SuperCab body style, and we like what we see for the most part.
Predictably, the SuperCab looks very familiar because, as we’ve reported before, the F-Series Super Duty now shares cabs with the current Ford F-150. What is new is the bodywork aft of the passenger cabin, which sports a set of some seriously wide hips. Gone are the awkward rear wheel arches of the current F-Series Super Duty, abandoning them in favor of some huge box-style fenders that call the “OBS” 1992-1997 Ford dualies to mind.
The new Super Duty’s fenders aren’t as integrated as those you might see on Ram’s dualie pickups, but that’s not a bad thing. The big, bold look fits the Super Duty well. In fact, if we had any complaint, it would be that the fenders aren’t wide enough. We say that because, in spite of the boxy new design, the rear fenders still sport a vestigial set of fender flares than run the radius of the wheel arch. Why didn’t Ford just widen the box flares a little bit more to cover the width of the tires? We hope to find out.
The Lariat package looks great on the new Super Duty. A two-tone lower third has classic-truck handsomeness and charm, and the tailgate on this particular example looks well sculpted. It’s still taking us some time to get used to the Super Duty’s bold front end, but the more we look at it, the more we see shadows of that aforementioned OBS Ford. That’s a good thing, by the way. The side view of the truck could be its best angle, as the head- and taillights mirror each other well, giving the truck a pleasant, cohesive design.
With the new Super Duty stripping away camo and showing itself in production spec, we can’t wait to see what Ford has planned in terms of powertrain and capability. Hopefully we’ll be able to report more on that soon.