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Ford gives mammoth truck a giant fuel tank

All-new F-Series Super Duty gets the largest fuel tank in its class

Published: August 27, 2016, 10:30 PM
Updated: September 1, 2016, 6:49 AM

2017 Ford F-450 Platinum

A lot is made about the benefits of smaller vehicles in that they often deliver better fuel economy, which means you can often go longer on a tank of fuel, so Ford is countering that on the F-Series Super Duty by giving it the largest fuel tank in its class.

The all new 2017 F-Series Super Duty gets a 182-litre tank on its long-box Crew Cab truck, for both gasoline and diesel engines. Ford says that allows owners to spend more time on the road and less at the pump but by experience, filling up a 200-litre tank takes about twice as long as filling up a 100-litre tank.

That makes the tank 22% larger than the 2016 diesel model and 37% larger than that of the gasoline engine model. But also of note is that the water separator and fuel filters have also been improved to extend their lives in order to save time and money on routine maintenance. And the Power Stroke diesel truck also includes a larger diesel exhaust fluid tank.

“We want to give our customers a more productive tool for getting the most out of their trucks,” said Brian Rathsburg, Super Duty marketing manager. “This means less downtime at the fuel pump and performing routine maintenance, and more time on the job.”

The changes were made possible due to the longer wheelbase and wider track of the all-new long box Super Duty. The extended range also factors in the extensive use of lightweight components for frame and body.

The new truck is due within the next couple months.