US: Ford shows us the 2017 F-Series Super Duty underwent the Scorch Trials [video+gallery] image

The second largest US automaker has released the first information and pictures with the 2017 F-Series Super Duty and now has decided to showcase its grueling testing procedure.

The extreme procedures included tests with the 2017 F-Series Super Duty taking on anything – from glass racks to salt spreaders. That’s only natural since the Super Duty is not the lifestyle partner as is the case with the F-150, rather the workhorse of the family. Engineers concentrated from the start on the cargo bay that had to be able to accommodate a wide array of aftermarket equipment – the process included numerous hours of computer simulations to assess “box load performance” and also make sure it would trump the predecessor in the segment. Vehicle integration engineers and body engineers also shared workload during the development process, and this led to certain modifications – the deployment of reshaped panels, more reinforcements as well as “up-gauged materials.”

More interesting to us is the part where the truck was taken into the real world and then submitted to grueling testing procedures – including off-road trials and equipment overloads. The company naturally praises the 2017 F-Series Super Duty as the structure of the cargo box withstood the scorching abuse. And that was not all – after the runs the trucks were taken back to the lab and examined carefully to see if any problem arose with the structure or mounting surfaces. The 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty is expected to reach dealerships in the final part of 2016 and will have under the hood the 6.2-liter V8, a 6.8-liter V10, and a 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel.