The Ford brand will get an aluminum-bodied Super Duty and several new high-performance cars in the coming year. According to Automotive News, most of its lineup has been recently updated, and another significant round of redesigns is expected just before the end of the decade.
F-150: If you haven’t heard, the F-150 was redesigned for 2015 with an aluminum body that helped the truck drop 700 pounds from the previous generation. After lengthy retooling shutdowns at both plants that make the F-150, inventories are rising and projected to return to normal levels by the end of September. F-series sales volumes have fallen slightly because of the changeover, but transaction prices have soared, contributing to record North American profits in the second quarter. Ford is responding to customer demands for high-end F-150s by reintroducing a $60,000-and-up Limited trim for the 2016 model year. A Raptor high-performance version, unveiled in January, is on tap for 2016.
Super Duty: Ford has said it’s putting the Super Duty through the same aluminum lightweighting transformation that the F-150 underwent for 2015. It also may use a good deal of magnesium, as evidenced by a spectacular fire that immolated a Super Duty prototype last year. The lighter weight should create a good bump in towing capability and at least a slight increase in fuel economy. Ford may drop the 6.2-liter, V-8 engine, as it did with the F-150, but definitely will keep the 6.7-liter, Power Stroke, diesel V-8 that was recently revamped. Expect the Super Duty to be revealed at the State Fair of Texas in late September and production to start in May.
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