Ford's aluminum-bodied F-series Super Duty pickup will be up to 350 pounds lighter than the current generation but offer increased towing and hauling capabilities.
The 2017 Super Duty, unveiled last week at the State Fair of Texas, is scheduled to go on sale late next year. Ford said it has a high-strength steel frame that's 24 times stiffer, longer cabs and 16 segment-exclusive features, including LED cargo-box lighting and a remote tailgate release.
"As we remove weight, we're making Super Duty more productive by giving our customers better towing and payload capacity," Craig Schmatz, Super Duty chief engineer, said in a statement. "We're backing up improved capability with a stronger gasoline and diesel Super Duty engine lineup."
Ford's conversion of the Super Duty to an aluminum body is another big gamble after last year's redesign of the F-150. The F series is Ford's biggest seller and most profitable vehicle, and the Super Duty accounts for about a third of its U.S. sales.
Ford did not reveal payload, towing and fuel economy ratings for the Super Duty. Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas, said in a statement that it achieves "new benchmarks in capability, performance and efficiency."