2020 Ford Super Duty Offers Highest Ever Towing & Payload Capacities

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Revamped Super Duty lineup gets fresh styling, a new gas engine, more powerful Power Stroke diesel, and a 10-speed automatic.

For decades, the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang have battled each other in the horsepower wars, where victory is defined by acceleration and speed. It’s a completely different conflict in the world of trucks. When it comes to heavy duty pickups, it’s all about torque, towing, and payload. This year, the Big Three are bringing their biggest guns ever to the fight. The Ram Heavy Duty lineup is all new. Chevrolet and GMC have completely overhauled their HD trucks. And Ford’s 2020 Super Duty is more capable than ever. According to the blue oval, the refreshed Super Duty lineup “will offer its highest-ever conventional, gooseneck and fifth-wheel towing and payload ratings.”

The Super Duty is now available with two gas V8 engines: the 6.2-liter unit from the 2017-2019 Super Duty and an all-new 7.3-liter V8 that Ford builds in-house. It’s an OHV, cam-in-block design with a forged steel crankshaft and cast iron block.

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Ford hasn’t released any specs on it, but it has said it expects the 7.3 to be the most powerful gas V8 in its class. That should equate to an output above the 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque generated by the 6.4-liter Hemi that’s available in the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty and the 401 horsepower and 464 lb-ft in the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD’s 6.6-liter V8.

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Ford has also enhanced the Super Duty’s available 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel V8 from bottom to top. It made structural enhancements that strengthened the block, head, connecting rods, and bearings so they could handle the Power Stroke’s increased cylinder pressure and output. New steel pistons are able to withstand higher firing pressures. The new 36,000-psi fuel injection system is equipped with all-new injectors designed to reduce noise and deliver better combustion. Tweaks to the electronic-actuated variable-geometry turbocharger improve efficiency and throttle response.

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Although we don’t officially know the Power Stroke’s final specs, we can make some educated guesses about them. We think Ford has two main benchmarks. One is the current Power Stroke’s output. The other is (probably) the 2019 Ram 3500’s 6.7-liter Cummins I6 diesel. That means the newest version of the Power Stroke will more than likely generate figures north of 450 horsepower and 935 lb-ft of torque. Given how competitive Ford and Ram are about torque figures, we’re guessing the 2020 Super Duty’s diesel will have at least 1,000 lb-ft of grunt (and probably a little more just to stick it to the Ram crew).

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Ford claims the new Super Duty will have its highest-ever payload ratings, and conventional, gooseneck, and fifth-wheel towing capacities. That means they’ll be north of the 2019 model’s respective max figures of 7,640, 21,000, 35,000, and 27,500 pounds. Ford’s Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage, Pro Trailer Backup Assist, and a Trailer Reverse Guidance system that shows the angle and direction of a trailer, and provides helpful steering suggestions, makes maneuvering those heavy loads easier.

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All three of the 2020 Super Duty’s engine options are available with an all-new 10-speed TorqShift automatic transmission that fits in the same amount of space as the outgoing six-speed unit. In addition to selectable drive modes (which include normal, tow/haul, eco, slippery, and deep sand and snow), the 10-speed gearbox offers live-drive power takeoff for powering industrial equipment, such as a snow plow, while the truck is in motion.

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Ford has wrapped all of that brawn in a re-styled package. They facelifted the front end to improve engine cooling and fitted it with new LED headlights. Super Duty duallys now come with a special grille that routes more cooling air to the powertrain. New taillights flank a redesigned tailgate, which sits above a new rear bumper.

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Inside, designers made minor visual changes to the Lariat and Platinum models. The Limited model’s cabin gets a new Ebony and Highland Tan color scheme accented with a Miko suede headliner; leather-wrapped seats, dashboard, door armrests, and center console lid; black ash wood; and brushed aluminum trim.

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All 2020 Super Dutys are equipped with a 4G LTE modem that can provide WiFi access to up to 10 devices. New wireless charging capability and USB-C ports help keep those smartphones and tablets fully charged. Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking will be a standard safety feature across the range of models.

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It’s just a matter of time until Ford reveals the 2020 Super Duty’s final specs and pricing. And it’s a matter of waiting until the fall to see the new models in Ford dealerships.

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Derek Shiekhi's father raised him on cars. As a boy, Derek accompanied his dad as he bought classics such as post-WWII GM trucks and early Ford Mustang convertibles.

After loving cars for years and getting a bachelor's degree in Business Management, Derek decided to get an associate degree in journalism. His networking put him in contact with the editor of the Austin-American Statesman newspaper, who hired him to write freelance about automotive culture and events in Austin, Texas in 2013. One particular story led to him getting a certificate for learning the foundations of road racing.

While watching TV with his parents one fateful evening, he saw a commercial that changed his life. In it, Jeep touted the Wrangler as the Texas Auto Writers Association's "SUV of Texas." Derek knew he had to join the organization if he was going to advance as an automotive writer. He joined the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) in 2014 and was fortunate to meet several nice people who connected him to the representatives of several automakers and the people who could give him access to press vehicles (the first one he ever got the keys to was a Lexus LX 570). He's now a regular at TAWA's two main events: the Texas Auto Roundup in the spring and the Texas Truck Rodeo in the fall.

Over the past several years, Derek has learned how to drive off-road in various four-wheel-drive SUVs (he even camped out for two nights in a Land Rover), and driven around various tracks in hot hatches, muscle cars, and exotics. Several of his pieces, including his article about the 2015 Ford F-150 being crowned TAWA's 2014 "Truck of Texas" and his review of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, have won awards in TAWA's annual Excellence in Craft Competition. Last year, his JK Forum profile of Wagonmaster, a business that restores Jeep Wagoneers, won prizes in TAWA’s signature writing contest and its pickup- and SUV-focused Texas Truck Invitational.

In addition to writing for a variety of Internet Brands sites, including JK Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Derek also contributes to other outlets. He started There Will Be Cars on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube to get even more automotive content out to fellow enthusiasts.

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