The new Super Duty will be available in the North American market this fall, with what Ford claims will be the sturdiest V-8 engine in the segment.
DEARBORN, Mich. — It’s official: the work-truck war is once again upon us.
In the span of only a few months, we saw the all-new Chevrolet Silverado HD, the Ram HD and the Sierra HD. Inevitably, Ford responds with its 2020 Super Duty.
We were in Dearborn, just outside Detroit, to witness Ford’s North American unveiling of the beast.
Scheduled for our market this fall under the F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 variants, the new Super Duty promises to be more powerful than ever, even though Ford didn’t want to share any technical specifications with us. We therefore have no idea how much horsepower and torque this thing makes, or how much weight it can tow or carry in its bed.
At least, from what we know so far, the Super Duty should be quite strong. Two engines power it: an all-new 7.3-litre V-8, or a significantly modified version of the Power Stroke 6.7-litre turbo-diesel V-8.
When asked about the diesel engine’s torque output, Super Duty chief engineer Mike Pruitt simply responded by stating that his team anticipated the 1,000 lb.-ft. of torque Ram recently declared with its rig.
“Our truck will be the most powerful,” he said with a slight grin on his face.
The current turbo-diesel Super Duty churns out 925 lb.-ft. of torque and can tow up to 14,541 kilograms. The new GM brothers both make 910 lb.-ft. of torque and can pull from 13,607 to 16,102 kilograms. It will be interesting to see how the Ford will position itself within the segment.
As for the new gasoline engine, Ford claims it’ll be the sturdiest V-8 engine in the segment thanks to a new cam-in-block, overhead valve architecture, an iron block and a forged steel crankshaft, as well as variable-valve timing port injection.
All this furious might will be channelled through an all-new 10-speed automatic gearbox, essentially a fortified version of the one found in the standard F-150. It’s only 2.9 kilograms heavier than the old six-speed and occupies the same space in the engine bay.
Of course, this new work truck will incorporate the latest towing technology, like Ford’s Pro Trailer Backup Assist system, which uses cameras and sensors to help guide the driver, like what’s offered by the competition.
As we’re writing this, Ford only speaks of King Ranch and Limited trim levels, either in simple or dual-wheel configuration, but there’s still no talk of an off-road specific model to compete against the GMC Sierra HD AT4 and Ram 2500 Power Wagon.
However, Ford claims it’s not done unwrapping its Super Duty lineup, and that “something else is coming.” We’ll have to wait a few months in order to get the full portrait of Dearborn’s new workhorse.
— LC Media