Super Duty beats all trucks in its class thanks to 17 class-exclusive features! Adaptive cruise control, adaptive steering, and Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert and trailer tow technology are three of the 17 new class-exclusive features on the 2017 Super Duty – the toughest, smartest, most capable Super Duty ever.
17 Reasons Super Duty Beats All Trucks
These 17 new class-exclusive features are available in the all-new Super Duty pickup so Super Duty beats all trucks:
1. Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support
2. Adaptive steering
3. BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with trailer coverage
4. BoxLink™ with premium locking cleats
5. Factory-installed customer-placed trailer camera
6. Inflatable rear outboard safety belts
7. Multicontour front seats with Active Motion®
8. Power-deployable running boards
9. PowerScope® power-telescoping and power-folding trailer tow mirrors
10. Remote tailgate release with power lock
11. Standard flat load floor on SuperCab and Crew Cab
12. Stowable loading ramps
13. SYNC® 3
14. Tailgate step
15. Trailer Reverse Guidance
16. Trailer tire pressure monitoring system
17. Utility lighting system (LED side-mirror spotlights)
Super Duty Beats All Trucks with Adaptive cruise control that can engage trailer brakes
Drivers can set cruise control at a comfortable following distance using Super Duty’s adaptive cruise control. The feature uses radar to measure the distance and speed of vehicles ahead, then automatically slows truck and trailer to maintain that preset distance at speeds above 20 mph.
Adaptive cruise control with Super Duty’s 6.7-liter Power Stroke® diesel engine uses the engine brake to smartly assist drivers towing heavy trailers, allowing truckers to traverse steep mountain grades while maintaining speed – even with a trailer weighing more than 31,500 pounds.
A number of systems work in tandem to enable adaptive cruise control – including powertrain control, trailer brake control and the anti-lock brake system. Speed is further controlled on descents with the 6.7-liter Power Stroke engine’s integrated engine brake, which is enabled with the push of a button. Extra engine braking power helps reduce wear and tear on wheel brakes – especially on downhill grades.
Adaptive cruise control is optional on Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum Super Duty pickups, including the mighty Ford F-450 Super Duty, Ford’s most capable pickup.
Super Duty Beats All Trucks with Smart Technologies
BLIS with trailer coverage is another Super Duty class-exclusive feature. It uses radar hidden in the taillights to detect a vehicle entering a driver’s blind spot while driving or backing up, and alerts the driver with a yellow light in the sideview mirror. For Super Duty, BLIS can extend to the back of the trailer, helping to make the driver aware of vehicles entering the trailer’s blind spot.
Another driver-assist technology, lane-departure warning, vibrates the steering wheel to mimic rumble strips when the driver begins to drift over a lane marker.
Adaptive steering enhances maneuverability
Another class-exclusive feature – adaptive steering – helps give Super Duty drivers more confidence to maneuver tight work sites and parking lots.
Adaptive steering is a new generation of power steering technology that reduces the amount of steering input needed to change direction at low speeds. It also reduces sensitivity to steering input necessary at higher speeds and helps make towing the heaviest of loads easier.
The technology changes the ratio between the driver’s actions at the steering wheel – the number of turns – and how much the front wheels turn. Vehicles without the technology have a fixed ratio, but with adaptive steering, the ratio continually changes with vehicle speed, optimizing steering response in all conditions. Housed entirely within the steering wheel, the precision-controlled actuator – an electric motor and gearing system – can add to or subtract from a driver’s inputs. The result is a more connected, engaging driving experience at all speeds.