2017 Ford Super Duty Tows at Least 31,500 Pounds with Adaptive Cruise Control

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The new Ford Super Duty pickup truck is flexing its high-tech muscles.

The American automaker has shared a video that shines a spotlight on the Ford Super Duty pickup’s capabilities and also hints at the truck’s new tow rating, which will be at least 31,500 lbs.

Powered with a 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel engine, the Ford Super Duty with adaptive cruise control is capable of using the engine brake to assist drivers towing heavily trailers, even those pushing the truck’s 31,500 lb limit. The adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support is one of 17 class-exclusive features available in the new Super Duty pickup.

Other features include: adaptive steering, blind spot information system with trailer coverage, BoxLink with premium locking cleats, factory-installed customer-placed trailer camera, inflatable rear outboard safety belts, multicontour front seats with Active Motion, power-deployable running boards, PowerScope power-telescoping and power-folding trailer tow mirrors, remote tailgate release with power lock, standard flat load floor on SuperCab and Crew Cab, stowable loading ramps, SYNC 3, tailgate step, trailer reverse guidance, trailer tire pressure monitoring system and utility lighting system.

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Drivers can set cruise control at a comfortable following distance with the truck’s adaptive cruise control feature. It then uses radar to measure the distance and speed of vehicles ahead, automatically slowing the truck and trailer to maintain that preset distance at speeds above 20 mph.

There is also adaptive steering, a new generation of power steering technology that reduces the amount of steering input needed to change direction at low speeds. In addition, adaptive steering also reduces sensitivity to steering input necessary at higher speeds, helping to make towing the heaviest of loads even easier.

“Towing is core to the Super Duty mission, and drivers will appreciate the engineering sophistication that enables adaptive cruise control to determine speed uphill and downhill with a trailer,” says Craig Schmatz, Ford Super Duty chief engineer. “We have torture-tested the technology in high elevations and on significant grades at places like Davis Dam in Arizona, Loveland Pass in Colorado and the mountain roads surrounding Beckley, West Virginia.”

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  • craigcole

    Clever idea!

  • Isend2C

    I wonder if it is fully capable to stop and start like some of the better systems. It would also be good if they offered a way to disable Adaptive cruise. I Love the feature and use it a lot in high traffic areas it’s great but when there’s light traffic on the highway it’s annoying because it’ll see a car from far away and then start to drop speed and then it mashes the gas (relatively) to get back up to speed wasting more gas than would have been used if it had just kept my speed. From what I know, FCA is the only brand to offer normal & adaptive cruise on the same vehicle.

  • Frank Yoster

    No thanks! Ill stick with my ram 3500!