Although the F-Series has been with us for longer than most of us can remember, well since 1948 to be exact, the Super Duty line only went into production as recently as 1998 as a 1999 model year. There's no doubting the incredible versatility and capability of the F-150, especially since its stunning 2015 redesign, but sometimes the job requires something bigger, and the 2017 Ford F-350 certainly fits the bill.

The F-150 definitely stole a march on its bigger Super Duty relations when it went all aluminum on us for 2015, but every dog has its day as they say, and now it’s the turn of the big boys such as the 2017 Ford F-350 to get reinvented in aluminum. Even when the wraps first came off the 2015 F-150, there were doubters out there who thought the same thing couldn't be done with the Super Duty line. Well, here it is now in all its glory, and who's really all that surprised the Blue Oval has managed to carry it off?

The exterior of the 2017 Ford F-350 sees the macho grille dialed down a little into something that looks a bit more macho. The twin horizontal "power bars" have been brought closer together and now have Ford's signature C-shaped headlights at either side and they're no longer surrounded in chrome as they were before. There's also a less-than subtle "Super Duty" stamped into the hood, which will probably look great imprinted into the brick wall it looks as though this truck could go through without much fuss. The bulging hood of the previous generation has been whittled down to smarter creases, and the lower air dam now has a subtle style that prevents it from disappearing underneath the F-350.

The 2017 Ford F-350 follows the lead of the smaller, light-duty F-150 by employing aluminum as the primary material for the construction of the cab and the bed, while the fully boxed frame is made of good old fashioned steel. The frame is comprised of up to 95 percent high-strength steel, and is said to be as much as 24 times more rigid than the underpinnings of the previous model. Ford states that the "military-grade" aluminum used for the cab body of the F-350 is more resistant to dents and dings than the outgoing Super Duty's steel body. However, the big news and the main reason for employing aluminum in place of steel is weight loss, and the new materials have managed to take up to 350 pounds off the new truck, according to Ford.

There are five trim levels of 2017 Ford F-350, which are the XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum, and all three Super Duty cab configurations of Regular Cab, SuperCab, and Crew Cab have been lengthened this time around and also feature fresh interior designs.

What hasn't changed a huge amount this year with the F-350 is the capability it offers courtesy of two outstanding engines. There may be just one gas and one diesel option, but between the two they've pretty much got all the heavy-duty bases covered. The gasoline engine is a 6.2-liter V-8 that develops 385 horsepower and 430 lb.-ft. of torque, which is going to be enough to cope with some pretty demanding applications. However, if that's not enough, it's hard to imagine what jobs would need anything more than the 440 horsepower and staggering 925 lb.-ft. of torque the optional 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 turbo diesel puts at your disposal.