For the 2017 model year, Ford’s Super Duty is due to receive the most substantial set of changes since its debut back in 1999. In other words, expect the 2017 Ford F-550 Chassis Cab to come as a completely redesigned model together with the rest of the lineup. As part of the latest makeover, the F-550 gets a bevy of significant upgrades that include the revolutionary aluminum-intensive body. Although many weren’t expecting Ford to use the same lightweight architecture applied in the F-150, the brand new Super Duty will actually come much lighter than its predecessor. Moreover, it will be underpinned by a chassis that is stronger and more resistant than the old one made of steel. In order to increase its payload capacity, Ford’s engineers have given the F-550 thicker aluminum components in key areas. Compared to the standard F-150, the Super Duty body features 14 percent more aluminum. The 2017 Ford F-550 is expected to hit the market in late 2016.
2017 Ford F-550 Exterior and Interior Design
When it comes to exterior styling, the 2017 Ford F-550 will differ from the F-150 truck thanks to a number of features. The most notable ones include the front fascia with restyled headlights, hood, fenders and beds that will be unique to the Super Duty. The new fender vents will feature a vertically oriented model name set against a black background, which is a completely new concept as far as Ford’s truck range is concerned. The upcoming F-550 will also be offered with some sleek features such as Ford’s Tough Bed spray-in liner, the new BoxLink storage and cleat system, as well as LED bed lighting system. Thanks to the all-new body, the Super Duty will benefit from six additional inches of cab length that should give it a more spacious and comfortable cabin. The 2017 F-550 will share the same dashboard with its half-ton brother but it will add several unique storage solutions. Expect also the new generation to come loaded with Ford’s latest technology.
2017 Ford F-550 Engine Department
As for the available engine range, the 2017 Ford F-550 will be offered with two gasoline- and one diesel-powered units. The entry-level 6.2-liter V8 will generate 385 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque. For those who opt for more power, the 6.8-liter V10 will probably be the right choice. Now, the upgraded 6.7-liter V8 Power Stroke turbo-diesel will make 470 hp which is 30 ponies more compared to the previous version. All engines will come matched with a six-speed TorqShift automatic transmission.
It’s no secret that General Motors is currently working on a mid-cycle update for the GMC Sierra 1500 and Chevy Silverado 1500 pickup trucks. The current generation of the two mechanically identical models made its debut only two years ago. The company is set to give these trucks a number of subtle appearance upgrades. Several drivetrain enhancements for the 2017 model year we can expect too. On top of that, expect the 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 to lose a number of features as well.
2017 Sierra 1500 Updates
Among the most notable visual upgrades, the 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 gets two new exterior colors (Dark Slate Metallic, Pepperdust Metallic), as well as capless fuel fill. When it comes to technological enhancements, the upcoming model is due to receive Low Speed Mitigation Braking as standard equipment, Teen Driver mode, Tri-Mode Power Steps and Android Auto. The list also includes optional all-season 18-inch black wall tires, with trailer brake controller now available with the SLT Crew Cab Premium Plus Package.
As for the features that are getting axed, the 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 will no longer be offered with Light Steel Gray Metallic, Iridium Metallic and Mahogany Metallic exterior colors. It will also lose the optional P265/65 section 18-inch off-road blackwall tires, whereas the All TerrainPackage will no longer be available in SLE trim. Instead, this trim level will be offered with the Elevation Edition Package.
2017 GMC Sierra 1500 Specs
Probably the most important mechanical upgrade will come in the form of a new eight-speed automatic transmission paired with the 5.3-liter EcoTec V8 for the first time. This popular unit will generate 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque.The base 4.3-liter V6 engine will once again make 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of twist. As for the most potent option available with the 2017 GMC Sierra 1500, the 6.2-liter V8 will churn out 420 hp and 460 lb-ft. Some of the recent reports hint that we might also get to see the upcoming Sierra 1500 adopt the ten-speed automatic gearbox that is currently being developed in cooperation with Ford. However, these speculations have yet to be confirmed.
Release Date and Competition
Competing in one of the most hotly contested segments, the 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 will certainly benefit from the latest enhancements. The list of its rivals includes the Ford F-150, Ram 1500, Nissan Titan and Toyota Tundra. Both the updated Sierra and Silverado trucks are expected to go on sale in the third quarter of 2016.
Rumor has it that the 2018 Ford Raptor is being prepared to adopt a new twin-turbocharged 5.0-liter V8. The F-150 Raptor has been around since 2010 as one of the most capable pickup trucks available on the market. Although it has already become synonymous with high-performance and excellent off-road abilities, it seems that Ford is determined to make this amazing truck even more impressive in the coming years. The American automaker has been working on the Twin-Turbo V8 for quite some time, preparing it for the all-new GT500. In addition to the brand new engine, the upcoming Raptor is also very likely to benefit from the enhancements that are expected to find their place in the standard 2018 F-150.
2018 Ford Raptor Specs
Of course, the most important upgrade coming with the 2018 Ford Raptor is its twin-turbocharged 5.0-liter V8. Exact output numbers have yet to be revealed but we expect this unit to deliver more horsepower than ever. Besides the latest addition to the engine lineup, the Raptor will retain its familiar 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 as the base unit. The engine generates 450 horsepower mated with the ten-speed automatic transmission, which should also be offered with the new twin-turbo V8. Other significant upgrades expected from the 2018 Raptor include Ford’s latest Terrain Management System and the new Torque-on-Demand transfer case. Thanks to these enhancements, the upcoming version of the famous Raptor will take things to a whole new level when it comes to the performance of a pickup truck.
2018 Raptor Design
In terms of styling, the 2018 Ford Raptor will be easily distinguishable from the standard variant of the F-150 pickup truck. Perhaps the most noticeable styling cue that sets the Raptor apart is the huge FORD lettering that covers most of the vehicle’s front end. The Raptor also features extra 6 inches in width and raised front and rear bumpers that facilitate the off-road performance for which it has been renowned. Among other unique features, expect to see a large front skid plate as well as reshaped front fender air vents. At the back, there is also the familiar FORD block-lettering with addition of new dual exhaust tips. Of course, the Raptor will once again be offered in SuperCab and SuperCrew body styles. Those who opt for a more capacious cabin should definitely go for the latter version that comes with a wheelbase extended by 12 inches.
According to unofficial sources, the 2018 Ford Raptor could hit the dealerships by the second half of 2017.
For all those who think that the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor churning out 411 horsepower is not extreme enough, Shelby has an even more impressive alternative in store. Namely, the 2017 Shelby Ford F-150 Raptor will be powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that delivers amazing 700 hp. Needless to say, Shelby’s new pickup truck will be produced in limited quantities as the top-notch model in this segment. Expect it to offer unbeatable performance numbers as well as outstanding off-road capabilities that can’t be matched by any currently existing truck. Only a glimpse at its specifications can explain why this model has been attracting so much attention among the pickup truck enthusiasts.
2017 Shelby Ford F-150 Raptor Engine Department
Shelby’s engineers have certainly done a great job improving the Raptor’s drivetrain to make it surpass all of its competitors by a great margin. In order to squeeze more than 700 hp out of the 6.2-liter V8 powertrain, they have fitted it with a 2.9-liter Whipple supercharger. The rest of the Shelby’s kit includes such additions as larger injectors and throttle bodies, a new heat ex-charger and a Borla exhaust system. Moreover, the 2017 Shelby Ford F-150 Raptor will benefit from the substantially improved suspension that now features three-inch King coilover shocks, bypass rear shocks, as well as Rogue Racing upper and lower control arms. To put it simply, this truck will be able to take on the most rugged terrains with the greatest of ease.
2017 Shelby F-150 Raptor Design
In terms of exterior styling, the 2017 Shelby Ford F-150 Raptor will set itself apart from the regular models thanks to a number of unique features. The most notable ones include special edition graphics, classic striping and Shelby badging, while the custom-made 18-inch wheels come with BFGoodrich K02 off-road tires. The list of optional equipment includes auxiliary lighting, as well as Rogue Racing front and rear bumpers. The interior also comes with a number of distinctive features that give it a sportier feel. For instance, Katzkin has given the Shelby Ford F-150 Raptor a unique three-gauge dashboard pod.
2017 Shelby Ford F-150 Raptor Pricing
As for the pricing, the 2017 Shelby Ford F-150 Raptor is expected to start at around $90,000. Even without the optional equipment, this amazing truck will be twice as expensive as the standard model. However, those who expect their pickup truck to offer that much power and that level of off-road performance will certainly find the new Shelby Ford F-150 Raptor worth every penny.
Arriving only a year after the whole new generation of Ford’s medium-duty lineup made its debut, the 2017 Ford F-650 is expected to bring only minor alterations. The F-650 truck has been around virtually unchanged since 2003 and the time has finally come for a complete overhaul. The list of changes that arrived with the brand new generation includes a new chassis, a new diesel engine, as well as a bevy of visual upgrades. Also, the redesigned medium-duty line of commercial trucks is the first ever to be built from scratch by the Ford Motor Company. In any case, the latest iteration of this mighty truck brings substantial upgrades in all of the segments.
When it comes to the price tags, the 2017 Ford F-650 is not expected to stray far from the outgoing model. The gasoline-powered models currently start at around $56,000, while the versions fitted with the Power Stroke diesel engine cost around $70,000. The upcoming F-650 will be built at the Ohio Assembly Plant.
2017 Ford F-650 Powertrains
Of course, the most anticipated change coming with the new F-650 is the 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbo-diesel V8 available with three power settings. Apart from the entry level version generating 270 horsepower and 675 pound-feet of torque, the range includes variants that churn out 300 hp and 700 lb-ft as well 330 hp and 725 lb-ft of twist. Those who opt for gasoline powertrains will be able to go for the 6.8-liter Triton V10 that makes 362 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque. All powertrains will come paired with a 6-speed TorqShift HD automatic transmission and two-wheel drive. Compared to the previous generation, expect the new F-650 to offer notably improved towing and hauling capacities.
2017 Ford F-650 Design
As far as the exterior styling is concerned, the 2017 Ford F-650 shares much of the sheet metal with Ford’s smaller trucks. The features that set it apart from its predecessor come in the form of a new sloping hood and restyled headlights. Although the truck is built on a cab structure identical to the one that underpins the F-250, the medium-duty lineup uses a considerably larger ladder frame accompanied by huge wheels. The latest generation benefits also from the all-new chassis and longer spring leafs that give it enhanced handling abilities and improved efficiency. The F-650 will once again be offered in three cab styles, including Regular Cab, Super Cab and Crew Cab.
According to several reliable sources, Chevrolet has a number of substantial improvements in stock for its Heavy Duty lineup. Namely, the versions that come equipped with the new 6.6-liter Duramax V8 will be fitted with a hood scoop that should facilitate engine cooling. On top of that, the whole air-intake system is due to receive major improvements that will result in highly improved efficiency in both hot and cold weather conditions. The brand new hood scoop is expected to draw up to 60 percent of cool and dry air needed for lowering the engine’s temperature. The remaining 40 percent of airflow will be provided by a secondary intake in the front fender. The two combined air intakes will create a ram-air effect at higher speeds, giving the Duramax engine improved hauling abilities. In order to keep the air dry, Chevrolet’s engineers have fitted the 2017 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD with an air/water separator.
2017 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD Styling
The 2017 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD is also expected to adopt a slightly revised front fascia. The changes will bring the HD truck more in line with the smaller 1500 pickup, keeping it competitive until the completely redesigned model makes its debut in few years. Expect also the 3500 HD to feature some styling elements that are normally found on passenger-car models, such as LED daytime running lights. Other than that, the upcoming Silverado 3500 will feature the recognizable shape of its predecessor.
2017 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD Engine Specs
As mentioned, the 2017 Silverado 3500 HD will be offered with the 6.6-liter Duramax diesel V8 under its hood. However, rumor has it that GM plans to boost the engine’s power to some extent, possibly surpassing Ram’s impressive 900 lb-ft of torque produced by the Cummins diesel. This mighty engine currently generates 397 horsepower and 765 pound-feet of torque, coupled with a six-speed automatic gearbox. It is very likely that the tried and tested Allison transmission will once again find its place in Chevy’s Heavy Duty lineup. Thus far, the gasoline-powered option has been the 6.0-liter V8 that makes 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque.
2017 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD Release Date and Pricing
Some of the latest reports hint that the 2017 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD might make its first public appearance at the 2016 State Fair of Texas in late September. As for the pricing, official numbers have yet to be revealed.