Ford is getting into this habit of releasing their new vehicles, but not giving us much information. The new 2020 Super Duty is no exception of this. The really frustrating thing is the information that we really want is what they leave out. Information such as horsepower, torque, towing capacity, etc. However, Ford does give us some good information about some major changes to the Super Duty.
So, what do we know? Obviously, the exterior has received a face-lift and the interior will see some minor changes, but we will also see a new engine and transmission for this truck. The new engine will be a 7.3-liter gas motor. For those of you that remember the older Super Duties, this is the same size as the legendary 7.3 PowerStroke diesel motor. Interestingly, it's not just the size of the motor that make me reminisce about truck engines from the past. It has a cast iron block, pushrod design, and port injection. But that doesn't mean the entire engine is old-school. It will come with variable valve timing, and oil jets to cool the pistons under heavy load.
Ford states the current 6.7-liter diesel motor will receive a power boost for 2020. But in Ford fashion, they didn't say any exact horsepower or torque figures. They will do this by giving it new injectors, a redesigned turbo, and structural changes to pretty much everything else.
The 2020 Super Duty will also be getting the new 10-speed "TorqShift" transmission. It will be available for both the 6.7, and 7.3-liter engines giving the driver four more gears than the current 6-speed auto.
Other additions to the Super Duty will include Pro Trailer Backup Assist, and more standard safety features.
I happen to have an older F-250 and have been around big trucks my entire life, and I have always loved the Super Duty. It will be really interesting to see what the actual numbers are; especially towing capacity. Chevrolet, (maybe coincidentally, maybe not) released their Silverado HD on the same day, and it will have 910 lb-ft of torque that can tow 35,500 lbs. Currently, the Super Duty can tow 35,000 lbs using the gooseneck. So, I imagine that when Ford releases exact specs the Super Duty will come out on top.