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2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty: First Look

  • New looks.
  • New hardware and uprated capabilities.
  • New gadgets and smarter cabins.

The 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty showin at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show marks an update for Ford’s range of heavy-duty pickup trucks. Although this generation (the fourth) only debuted as recently as 2017, the 2020 models receive revised front end and rear ends, and more equipment, including the most powerful engines and the highest capacities these trucks have ever had.

What Engines and What Capacities?

As well as the 6.2-liter V8 gasoline engine that comes into 2020 unchanged, Ford introduced a brand-new 7.3-liter gasoline V8. It has a cast-iron block and pushrods, which seems a touch retro in this modern age, but Ford’s intention was to keep maintenance quick and simple, while making reliability a strong point.

The 6.7-liter V8 diesel option for the 2020 Super Duty also receives an upgrade, with improvements to the turbocharger and fuel injection system, plus strengthened internal components. The result is greater power and torque, with more efficient combustion and quieter operation.

A new heavy-duty 10-speed automatic transmission replaces a 6-speed unit. It’s only 3.5 pounds heavier, but fits into the same space and has a wider spread of ratios. It also has a power take-off (PTO) to run things like snowplows and generators.

In regard to capacities, Ford hasn’t given any figures yet. It has only stated that: "the 2020 F-Series Super Duty will offer its highest-ever conventional, gooseneck and fifth-wheel towing and payload ratings." Considering the current lineup’s ratings are already impressive, then the 2020 versions should be even more so.

What About the Cabins?

The main news here is that every version of the 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty comes with 4G LTE Wi-Fi and connections for up to 10 devices. The new style of USB port (type C) also becomes available, along with wireless device charging.

Lariat and Platinum trims receive minor cabin spruce-ups, while the top Limited trim’s interior has been revised more extensively. It gains trim accents of coarse ash and brushed aluminum, a simulated suede headliner, plus leather upholstery in Ebony and Highland Tan.

The 2020 Super Duty will also offer Pro Trailer Backup Assist, a system currently found in the lighter-duty F-150 range. It takes a lot of the stress out of hitching up a trailer and can remember up to 10 separate rigs.

How Much Will It Cost and When Is It Available?

The 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks are expected to go on sale fall 2019. Pricing is still to be announced. For a rough idea, the 2019 Super Duty range starts with the F-250 (rear-wheel-drive, regular cab) priced from around $34,000.

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