2020 Ford Super Duty: Did the Blue Oval Go Far Enough?

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By Aaron Bragman

  • Competes with: Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500, GMC Sierra 2500/3500, Ram 2500/3500
  • Looks like: The old Super Duty with a new grille and headlights
  • Powertrains: gasoline 6.2- or 7.3-liter V-8, or turbo-diesel 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8; six- or 10-speed TorqShift automatic transmission; rear- or four-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: Fall 2019

So far this year, we've seen new heavy-duty pickup trucks from Ram and GM. Now it looks like Ford has decided not to be left out of the party: Behold the new 2020 Ford Super Duty pickup, a mild refresh of the company's perennially popular heavy-duty rig revealed at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show.

Related: More 2019 Chicago Auto Show Coverage

The 2020 Super Duty might not look all that different, but the good stuff is underneath, where a new big-block V-8 engine migrates over from the medium-duty trucks to join the powertrain stable, while a new 10-speed transmission and new abilities keep the new Super Duty in the top truck hunt.

Exterior

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No, the 2020 Super Duty doesn't look all that different from the outgoing model. The changes are subtle: The two-bar grille is gone, replaced by a variety of designs depending on which of the many trim levels you purchase — all of which offer improved cooling. Dual-rear-wheel Super Duty truck receive a special high-airflow grille designed to provide maximum powertrain cooling flow. Some have chrome, some don't, but there's always an option for more brightwork, it seems. Seven new wheel patterns have been included, new appliques have been created for the tailgates and the taillights have been mildly revised. While GM went all out in redoing the style of its heavy-duty trucks and Ram took a conservative approach, Ford decided to spend the money elsewhere.

Under the Hood

And that place was underneath the aluminum sheet metal. The biggest news comes in the powertrain department, where Ford has added a new gasoline 7.3-liter V-8 to the lineup. The new big-block engine also will be used in the company's medium-duty truck lineup, replacing the gasoline V-10 in that application. In the Super Duty, it's meant to bridge the gap between the base gasoline 6.2-liter V-8 and the optional (and expensive) turbo-diesel Power Stroke V-8 torque monster. The new 7.3-liter uses an all-new cam-in-block overhead valve architecture along with a cast-iron block for what Ford says will offer excellent durability. It also makes use of variable valve timing, port fuel injection and oil-cooled pistons.

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While the gas 6.2-liter V-8 carries over unchanged, while the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 gets some significant revisions aimed at improving responsiveness and fuel economy. An all-new 36,000-pounds-per-square-inch fuel injection system has been fitted with new injectors that spray up to eight times per stroke. The exhaust has been rerouted to a new inboard location, while a fully electronically actuated (gone is the electrohydraulic actuation) variable-geometry turbocharger is meant to be more efficient and stronger. The Power Stroke receives several upgraded parts as well, including pistons, heads, block, connecting rods and bearings. Ford hasn't provided power, torque or fuel-economy numbers for any of the engines but says the information will be forthcoming as the on-sale date approaches.

All three engines can be had with a new 10-speed TorqShift transmission, which features a wider gear ratio than the six-speed automatic but retains the live-drive power takeoff function that allows for accessories to be operated while the truck is in motion. It will offer multiple drive modes as well, including Normal, Sport, Slippery, Eco, Tow/Haul and Deep Sand/Snow.

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The six-speed remains; it's the only transmission available on the base F-250 with the standard 6.2-liter V-8. Opt for either of the alternative engines or bump up to an F-350 or above, and you get the 10-speed automatic as standard. Ford is proud of the fact that despite featuring four additional gears, the 10-speed fits in the same basic packaging as the old transmission and weighs just 3.5 pounds more.

Ford has brought the magical Pro Trailer Backup Assist feature to the Super Duty for 2020. Just like the light-duty F-150, the system allows for hands-free operation while backing up a trailer, using the rear-view camera and a special knob to articulate the trailer while reversing. Given that the Super Duty often sees some big trailer action, Ford has engineered the system to work with all styles of trailers including fifth-wheel and gooseneck connections.

Interior

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Changes to the cabin are limited to just colors, trim pieces and materials; no design changes have been enacted for 2020. The Lariat and Platinum trims have some new appliques on the doors and media bin door, while the Limited gets more extensive changes. New colors and materials like genuine leather, coarse black ash wood and brushed aluminum trim have been fitted, while a leather-wrapped dash top panel, armrests, seats and center console lid are present. The headliner's been done up in faux suede as well.

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The onboard tech gets an upgrade, with FordPass Connect now standard for 2020. This provides a 4G LTE modem with Wi-Fi connectivity for up to 10 mobile devices. Wireless charging and USB-C ports are now available as well.

Safety

A few new safety systems have been added to the Super Duty for 2020, including an available lane-keeping alert system, blind spot information system with trailer coverage, precollision assist with automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection and more. The new safety features are standard on the XLT trim level and up.

So, this is a mild redo for the Super Duty, with Ford figuring that if it ain't broke, don't fix it. The Super Duty has been popular for years, contributing to the F-Series' longtime dominance of the truck market. But with completely new, wildly styled GM heavy-duty trucks making their auto-show debut in Chicago and new Ram HDs that feature an optional diesel engine hitting the 1,000 pounds-feet of torque ceiling and a luxury interior that rivals anything from Lincoln or Cadillac, one wonders if Ford has gone far enough to keep truck customers happy. Of course, we'll know exactly which truckmaker has the torque crown when Ford gives us Power Stroke horsepower and torque numbers.

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Comments

Btw....just chalk up another disappointment for the Ranger

https://www.motortrend.com/cars/chevrolet/colorado/2019/chevrolet-colorado-ford-ranger-honda-ridgeline-toyota-tacoma-comparison/

Colorado wins again.

It's down right pathetic when a company has been out of midsize for 8 years and has had 4 years with colorado and other midsize trucks to resesrch and test against and still cant beat it!

Ford messed up on the ranger badly.

Maybe bc they truly didn't want to take way from f150 sales? Time will tell.

But if they cant beat a 4 year old platform. That's bad.

And for the guys saying New gm trucks are same way? Putc comparison has GMC winning. And both trucks performed better.

@TNT As far as I know, the Ford 6.2 makes 385 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque in the super duty, definitely less than the 401/464 that GM is cranking out with their new 6.6.

@ imposter tntgmc

Hey little lady

Post under your own name you f@ggot! Seriously. Its quite annoying

As for the 7.3L vs 6.6L. I am anxious for a comparison. I do like how Ford is offering the 10 spd for both gas and diesel. Great job.

As for the HP/TQ numbers feom GMs 6.6L gas motor. When did those come out? Kinda disappointing bc 6.2L already makes more...hmmm


Posted by: TNTGMC | Feb 5, 2019 11:40:37 AM

Would you shut up already. Your constant whining is annoying

@TNTGAY

Motortrend?

A bunch of southern Cali car journalists wouldn’t know a good truck if drove over their latte.

TNTGMC, The Ranger isn't really new just to the US. Their will be an all new model coming out in the next few years.

@ Fake lady

Why don't you make me!

Come out of hiding and be a man not a woman.

Use your own name p@ssy

@ Texas 1836

I knew that Fords 6.2L had those figures. I was talking about GM's own 6.2L which I own that has 420/460!
I have yet to see the specs on new 6.6L gasser. Where did you find them at? I searched and didn't find anything.

@TNTGMC


"Hey little lady

Post under your own name you f@ggot!"

We all knew you were a pea-brained racist bigot. Quit with your hate speech, this is a truck forum not a Neo-Nazi pep rally.

Everyone knows the GM twins are for the average joe-shmoe to tow his boat to the lake (real fast!) and not for real everyday work. They are weak, fragile little "racecars" that don't belong in the real world of work. Leave this to the RAM and Ford. Enjoy your toy.

@TNT

Specs are at tfltruck dot com. GM will be releasing more information later today.

@GMSRGREAT

I'm going to have to agree with GMSRGREAT. You are a racist bigot.

@ Texas 1836

Thank you sir. Appreciate it

Nice to have a conversation with a real man instead of a clown@$$ girly girl hiding behind others names.

Yes, it's true. TNTGMC is a member of ours. He's a little dumb but he's loyal.

@TNTGMC

You're taking the wrong path buddy. Hate can consume your life. Step back and re-evaluate yourself. It's ok to be dumb, but not ok to hate gay people.

So if you pay 90 to 100,000 for a new Ford you get less truck for your money than buying a Ram for the same amount. Lots of money on the hood at Ford soon.

So now Ford is first in v8 gas engines for H.D.? Typical Ford guy. Ignorance is bliss. lol

This thread was going well...but then the phony posters started taking over as usual. I have been coming to this site for probably 15 years, and I think we all agree that this is a fabulous website - thank you Mark Williams. I wish the phony posters and the excessive name calling would stop, or at least slow down as it takes away from the otherwise pleasant experience on this website.

@HEMI V8


I'd rather take my chance with a new gas motor then risk my life in a "heavy duty" RAM with the fragile, half-welded, low cost parts bin turd front end or the turd of a half-ton truck with the so called diesel motor that has a proven rate of failure of more than 33%. Typical RAM guys. Go home stupid.

@gms

"6.6 direct injection vs 7.3 port injection. 6.6 will deliver broader torque curve. Future comparisons will reveal that the 6.6 delivers a more confindent towing experience.
Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Feb 5, 2019 11:18:48 AM"

The 6.6L is not likely to deliver a broader torque curve than the 7.3L, this is not a port injection engine like there was in the 90's remember this is a modern newly designed engine. I do agree that at the moment we can just speculate but even though i'm not the biggest pro-Gm guy on here even i can see that the Gm is at a disadvantage against the Ford.

Hey stupid, you didn’t say anything about gas.


Posted by: TNTGMC | Feb 5, 2019 11:29:29 AM

Just accept that you are stupid,......stupid.

Both you guys are stupid.

@Texas1836
I completely agree with you. The comments section has become a joke. They must like the traffic because they sure don’t do anything to clean it up.

That plastic oil pan on the new pushrod cast iron block 7.3 gas is gunna be Ford tuff. lol

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The 6.6L is not likely to deliver a broader torque curve than the 7.3L,


Posted by: FullSize_only | Feb 5, 2019 12:26:23 PM

Broader torque curves are a characteristic of direct injection engines as it allows for higher compression engine design. Broader torque will allow the engine to perform better through out its RPM range. With Ford going with port fuel injection and a single camshaft on their new 7.3, they will have to decide where to place the peak torque in the engine RPM range. Bottom line, the new 7.3 will not be as effecient as it would be had they gone with direct injection.

" low cost parts bin turd front end or the turd of a half-ton truck with the so called diesel motor that has a proven rate of failure of more than 33%."

Fake papa jim

So that explains why all the Ford and G.M guys transplant a real Diesel engine, Cummins found in big rigs when theirs are blown and wore out in their rigs. lol

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2h-HKzqfjg

the typical bozo who posts under my name has the grammatical skills of a six year old. Easiest way to tell.

"That plastic oil pan on the new pushrod cast iron block 7.3 gas is gunna be Ford tuff. lol

Posted by: HEMI V8 | Feb 5, 2019 12:37:24 PM"

This reminds me of all the fools that bad-mouthed the idea of using plastic as an intake manifold and tell me what brand doesn't use a plastic manifold today??

Mr anemic hemi v8 will be eating his words when fiat eventually follows Ford with their own super duper plastic oil pan.....

plastic oil pan on the new pushrod cast iron block 7.3 gas is gunna be Ford tuff

@my friends on PUTC

The plastic oil pan will give smart guys like Gale Banks a way to sell the Ford boys a $400 replacement oil pan with the Ford logo on it and some cooling fins. The pan gasket and fasteners will be a separate line item. Who's your papa?

"the typical bozo who posts under my name has the grammatical skills of a six year old. Easiest way to tell."

Is this the REAL papajim posting this abomination of the English language or the fake one? God I'm stupid. Or am I?


papajim
NAMBLA Member Since 1932

@Taylor,

Without everyone's split personas, this site wouls have 4 jerkoffs post here. papajim, GMSRGREAT, TNTGMC, and HEMI V8. Four of the dumbest, pea-brained, racists losers on the web.

@ Texas

First, I'm far from angry, I would say more annoyed bc we can't have normal conversations on this site.

@ Fake username lady

Second, my wife is of different ethnicity along with my kids, so I am far from racist as they come

Third, my sister chooses to love the same gender, I love her to death

Fourth, grow a pair of b@lls and use your own name and not ruin the site. Simple as that!

Glad Ford is bringing back the big-block 460. Could steal some sales from the terribly complex and expensive diesel. Interior still lags behind Ram.

@TNT

I was a victim of someone using my username...I didn't post saying you were angry. Agree with you though, would be very nice to have normal conversations here. Do you have a typekey account? Is that how you have your username set-up? Looks like it costs a few bucks to get that?

Just see that GM is the new class leader in towing, up to 35.5k...I wonder how long that leadership will last? Also, confirmed the 401 horsepower, 464 lb-ft of torque for the new gasser...I am enthusiastic about this new gasser...I do wish GM was offering their 10 speed, or at least their 8 speed to pair with it. Not sure why GM doesn't pair their 8 speed, as it is rated to 738 lb-ft of torque, so it should be up to the challenge.


Posted by: Texas1836 | Feb 5, 2019 11:47:46 AM

\\\

Do you have any link to provide on the 6.6 being linked to a 6 speed? All I found is that it will be paired to a new transmission, assuming the 10 speed.

Nope my mistake didnt read close enough in block cam my bad

@andrwken

I found the information on tfltruck dot com. I am sure we will be seeing the same information here soon.

With all the new tech, power and tow ratings coming from the competition, their is nothing exciting coming from Ford........sorry, I temporarily forgot the all new grille. HAHAHA!

The slower pullers will be better this year ,,

That big gas v8 is going to be a game-changer as long as it is reliable and can get decent fuel economy. Excited to see how this turns out. After dealing with the headaches of diesel engines for years on the farm, I'm really excited about this new gas engine. Probably a lot cheaper to maintain and fix as they get older. Hopefully it has decent fuel economy. I'm not a fan of diesel at all. Way too expensive to replace parts on these newer diesel engines. Go price out an injection pump and injectors on an ecodiesel before you buy a used one. you are really rolling the dice buying a used out of warranty diesel today. My buddy bought a used duramax not long ago. Few short months later he replaced the injectors and it cost him more than he paid for the truck! This is becoming the norm on these newer diesel engines with complex fuel delivery and emissions components

All those that said they think Ford may put the 7.3 in the F150 are not smart, and have lost all credibility forever more (although they will rarely admit it to--but you can change).

And if you said you thought the Raptor would get the 7.3, you are REALLY dumb (at least in a way).

Neither have the payload ability to handle the weight of the 7.3. Additionally, it just does not fit the application of the F150, because F150's are craptastic consumer vehicles that burn out and make Ford a lot of money by ripping you same dumb people off, over and over again.

That said, Ford has surprised me by making this a high displacement motor with port injection so to make it last the test of time.

See, I give Fored credit when they do something right. It just does not happen often. In your little mind though I was just a fan boy. Nope, I actually speak the truth no matter which brand I am talking about.

Huh? What do you know, could this be the first long-lasting Ford motor since the old straight six of the 60's that Ford has made? Oh, I know the crown victoria motor was fine, but that was maintained by the police force to keep them going etc. Only you Ford mechanics can afford to keep Ford motors going, because only you don't have to pay for labor to fix them, so please give yoru dishonest, or at least disallusioned assertions to yourselves before you completely lose your souls.

Well, one thing is for sure, this new 7.3 won't be reliable until about 10 years of working the Ford glitches out of it.

But at least it has a chance of having longevity.

Sorry Ford guys, those humorously named eco-bootsts are craptastic, and made to steal your money.

Now, don't shoot the messanger of TRUTH. Some of you hate the truth. But, careful, I don't recommend fighting against the truth. It will not end up good for you in the end, or anytime for that matter.

Admit it, GM's products do the job better, if you can keep them from rusting.

And Cummins are, of course, always the best, if you are willing to be nickel and dimed, having to fix all the little things.

By the way, when is Toyota going to make a one tone electric pickup with a diesel generator, so we can finally have a million mile pickup that iwll pull 35,00 pounds and power our homes and worksites and not have to worry about it breaking down every few months?

Geeeeesh!

Thank you, thank you. No, please, no need for applause. I am just a man like you with a gift. you have gifts that I do not have, and wish I had too. We all shine in our own ways.

We all shine in our own ways.
Posted by: Smareter Than You... Feb 6, 2019

except SPELLING I guess.

A pushrod engine make sense for the engine size and application. Notice that most diesel engine still use that configuration. When you need torque and power at low rpm pushrod make sense.
Good job Ford.

Looks like they copied the interior layout of the GMC/Chev. They are like Apple and running out of ideas of their own?



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