2020 Ford Super Duty TrucksLast Updated August 4, 2019 | Sam Padgett
The 2020 Ford Super Duty Trucks have officially been announced. With the help of a new 7.3-liter V8 engine and a new 10-speed automatic transmission, Ford trucks have once again reclaimed the coveted title of best towing. While the official data has yet to be released, Ford claims that the 2020 Super Duty trucks have the highest conventional, gooseneck, and 5th wheel tow rating for their class. Even though the towing competition is quite important to trucks, Ford doesn’t stop there: Their new Super Duty Duty trucks come with a whole other series of upgrades and refinements that would make even the staunchest luxury vehicle fan blush.
2020 Ford Super Duty Engines
Here’s where the work gets done. The new super duty trucks have quite the impressive bullpen of engine options. There’s the 7.3L V8 with its palatial displacement, the turbocharged 6.7L diesel Power Stroke engine, and the tried-and-true 6.2L V8 engine.
The big contender here is the 7.3L V8. With an engine that large, you hardly need to put it on a dyno to know that it’s got some serious grunt. While it has yet to be tested, it is expected to be the most powerful engine in its class. If that’s to be believed, then it will surely have a torque rating somewhere in the low four figures considering the 1,000 pound-foot capable Ram HD. This new V8 engine uses a new cam-in-block and overhead valve design, complete with a durable cast iron block and forged steel crankshaft. It also employs port injection and variable valve timing to coax as much power out of each of the 8 cylinders as it can.
The Power Stroke engine that will be offered on the 2020 Ford Super Duty trucks is the third generation of this popular diesel engine. Now with all new fuel injection system, 36,000 psi of pressure is used to precisely distribute fuel. It can apparently spray up to 8 times per stroke, which is supposed to not only improve combustion but limit noise. Additionally, the Power Stroke diesel engine uses a variable-geometry turbocharger that helps even the largest vehicles feel quick and responsive.
Beyond the engines themselves, the exterior of the 2020 Ford Super Duty trucks has been altered to improve performance as well. For example, DRW trucks have a redesigned grille that is designed to maximize airflow to keep the powertrain from overheating. Even with the increased air-flow, it looks nice and truck-like, unlike the gaping maw of the 2020 Chevy Silverado HD. The LED headlamps have been redesigned as well to improve performance, and the front bumper has been tweaked to both increase air flow as well as making the use of utility hooks simpler and easier.
Even though we are still in the dark about the discrete capabilities of this truck, based on their claims of achieving best in class towing and hauling, we can say for sure that the 2020 Ford Super Duty trucks can tow north of 35,100 lbs and haul more than 7,680 lbs. Those are the current abilities of the current champ, the 2020 Ram HD. In all honesty, it wouldn't be too surprising to see the new Super Duties reach towing figures of 35,500 lbs or more considering the amount of all-around improvements made.
New 2020 Ford Super Duty Transmission
Each of these engines will be mated to the TorqShift 10-speed automatic transmission. This means that the 2020 Ford Super Duty trucks will have 4 more gears than their predecessors. With a wider range of gears, towing performance increases. Even though there are more gears in the new TorqShift transmission, it only weighs an additional 3.5 pounds when compared to the previous 6-speed.
This transmission comes with some useful functions as well. First off, it allows for the class-exclusive function of live-drive power takeoff. This means that the driver can engage any auxiliary industrial equipment (like a plow) while the vehicle is in motion. There are also a number of drive modes available with the new TorqShift transmission as well. The driver has the option to select either normal, haul/tow, eco, slippery, and deep sand or snow to optimize their trucking experience. With 10 gears at the computer's disposal, you will always be in the optimal gear for whatever driving scenario you find yourself in. This is essentially the same technology used on the F-150 Raptor but for work instead of play.
2020 Ford Super Duty Tech Options
The 2020 Super Duty trucks also come with a whole new level of technological advances and refinements that help with both comfort and productivity. Although truckers do pride themselves on their ability to navigate their vehicles like a second skin, the new Super Duty trucks make backing up with a trailer even easier with their Pro Trailer Backup Assist feature. This allows for the driver to have fine control over the vehicle in reverse by using a special dial and the backup camera to navigate the trailer with ease. This technology works with every style of towing, from gooseneck to fifth wheel setups.
Additionally, an embedded 4G LTE modem helps keep you connected at all times, allowing for up to 10 devices to connect to the internet with the built in FordPass Connect system. If you ever find that your phone is running out of juice, the 2020 Super Duty trucks are also armed with a series of USB-C charging ports as well.
There are a number of other safety features included on the 2020 Ford Super Duty trucks. There’s lane-keep assist, blind spot monitoring that monitors the space occupied by the trailer as well, and pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking.
The interior of the Limited trim has been redesigned too. Leather plays a big role in this new interior, as well as other premium materials such as coarse ash wood, Miko suede, and brushed aluminum.
The 2020 Ford Super Duty trucks are slated for release this fall. Ford has consistently proved that they know how to make a truck, and this should be no exception. "Built Ford Tough" isn’t just marketing jargon, it’s their genuine credo. As we learn more about the new Super Duty Trucks, we here at CJ Pony Parts will continue to keep you updated.
Sources: Ford Media
Ford's Super Duty trucks are ready to take back the title of best in class towing. With a powerful new 7.3 L V8 engine, a 10-speed transmission, and numerous other upgrades and tweaks, the Super Duties are ready to reclaim their spot as the most capable work trucks on the market today.
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