2020 Super Duty Gets New Engines and Updated Transmission

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New 7.3-liter V8, more powerful Power Stroke diesel, and 10-speed automatic help make the 2020 Super Duty the most capable one yet.

This is a big year for trucks. Ram has totally overhauled its Heavy Duty lineup. Chevrolet and GMC have all-new 2500s and 3500s on the way. And Ford has thoroughly reworked its Super Duty pickups to make them more convenient, powerful, and versatile.

The 2020 model wears some key cosmetic differences that differentiate it from the 2017-2019 models. Its new front bumper and air dam design enhances cooling, which is especially useful when towing the heavy loads Super Duty trucks are meant to pull. Super Dutys with dual rear wheels get a new grille that routes more air to cool the powertrain. Re-styled LED headlights offer improved performance; high-end Super Dutys feature revised signature lighting. Out back, there are new taillights and a redesigned tailgate and bumper.

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Ford also tweaked the inside of the new Super Duty. Changes range from new appliques on the door panels and media bin lid of Lariat and Platinum trucks to a new color palette for Limited models. The cabin of the top-end Super Duty is trimmed with Ebony and Highland Tan, and genuine leather, black ash wood, and brushed aluminum accents.

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Updated infotainment tech makes staying connected on the go even easier. All 2020 Super Dutys are equipped with a 4G LTE modem that provides WiFi access to up to 10 devices. Charging those is as simple as using the Super Duty’s new wireless charging capability or USB-C ports.

Ford’s engineers also made improvements to the Super Duty’s assortment of safety features. XLT and higher trim levels come standard with Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking. An available lane-keeping alert system and a Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage add additional layers of protection.

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Towing is reportedly easier thanks to two available features. A Trailer Reverse Guidance system shows the direction and angle of the trailer, then provides steering suggestions that will help the driver position the trailer where it needs to be. Pro Trailer Backup Assist is new to the Super Duty and allows drivers to back up a trailer by glancing at the rearview camera feed and turning the system’s knob.

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As great as all of these enhancements are, the biggest news about the 2020 Super Duty is under the hood. The new lineup will have two gas V8s in it: the base 6.2-liter engine and an all-new Ford-designed and Ford-built 7.3-liter power plant. According to Ford, “It uses an all-new cam-in-block, overhead valve architecture with cast iron block and forged steel crankshaft for maximum durability. Port injection with variable-valve timing optimizes the intake and exhaust to match performance with workloads.” No word on output yet, but expect the 7.3 to deliver the most output in its class. To us, that means something north of the 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque generated by the 6.4-liter Hemi that’s standard in the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty and the 401 horsepower and 464 lb-ft cranked out by the 6.6-liter V8 in the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD.

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Ford didn’t forget about the 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel V8. They fortified it with a stronger head and block, and filled it with more robust steel pistons, connecting rods, and bearings. A new 36,000-psi fuel injection system and all-new injectors help improve combustion and minimize noise. To heighten pumping efficiency and throttle response, Ford engineers re-designed the Power Stroke’s variable-geometry turbocharger.

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Ford hasn’t released output specs on the revamped Power Stroke yet. It’s safe to assume it will top the 2019 version’s 450 horsepower. Given how competitive the Blue Oval is with Ram over torque figures, don’t be surprised if the 2020 version of the diesel powerhouse generates more than 1,000 lb-ft of grunt. Whatever the Power Stroke’s output figures happen to be, they give the 2020 Super Duty “its highest-ever conventional, gooseneck and fifth-wheel towing and payload ratings.” According to Ford’s website, the outgoing Super Duty maxes out at 21,000 pounds of conventional towing, 35,000 pounds of gooseneck towing, 27,500 pounds of 5th wheel towing, and 7,640 pounds of payload.

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All three 2020 Super Duty engines will be available with Ford’s all-new 10-speed TorqShift automatic transmission with selectable drive modes that include normal, tow/haul, eco, slippery, and deep sand and snow. Like its six-speed predecessor, it offers live-drive power takeoff.

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Look for the 2020 Super Duty in Ford dealerships starting this fall. Until then, watch this space for more information on its final output and towing specs.

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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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