Caught testing for the first time, here’s the ’17 Ford F-350 sporting base XL trim in a single-cab dually diesel configuration. Ford has revealed most of its ’17 F-Series lineup, but this beast has yet to be seen.
Call this the Haulers Special, because this version of the F-350 should be a fixture among the set using pickups for automotive transport, hauling lawn equipment and landscapers—a market Ford has had a lock on for years.
Like the new four-door Super Duty trucks, the F-350 gets styling more in line with the F-150 that was shown nearly two years ago. It shares a cab with that model, too, meaning more space inside the truck for people. But the big news is a revised structure with high-strength steel and, of course, an aluminum body. Payload figures will be up, which is probably most important in the version of the truck seen here.
Expect to see the first F-350s by the middle of 2016.
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