2020 Ford Super Duty First Look Review

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For the 2005 model year, the Ford Super Duty trucks were given the exterior and interior updates. For the exterior, a new grille, front bumper, and low beam 9012 led headlight bulb were introduced alongside the introduction of a locking tailgate for all pickup trucks. Under the skin (with thicker frame rails), updated Triton gasoline engines were introduced with higher engine output and larger alternators; in response to the increased power, all trucks were given 4-wheel disc brakes (with two-piston calipers). To accommodate the larger brakes, 17-inch wheels became standard, with 18-inch wheels optional (on single-rear-wheel trucks); forged Alcoa wheels were an option. The long-running Twin I-Beam front suspension continued on two-wheel-drive trucks.

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The Engine

Ford says the engine is for customers looking for more towing capability than an F-150 but don’t want to go the whole hog with the 6.7-liter PowerStroke diesel. The 7.3 will debut as an option in the F-250 and F-250, slotting in above the 6.2-liter gasoline V8. A lower-output version of the 7.3-liter making 350 horsepower and 468 pound-feet of torque will be standard on F-450 chassis cab models as well as the F-550, F-600 tweener model, F-650 and F-750. The long-running E-Series cutaway will also get the 7.3-liter.

New Feature

The 2020 Super Duty® features intriguing appointments not seen on previous iterations, such as a newly styled grille, headlamps, and fascia. However, the real excitement comes in the form of the Chassis Cab, an all-new option that has a 22,000 lb. maximum GVWR. Now you can pack your cab with confidence knowing that you’ll still be able to tow what you need.

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Towing and Payload Capacity

Ford says towing and payload capacity should be similar to non-Tremor models but off-road packages like this tend to slightly hurt these figures. The Tremor Package can be selected on 4×4 single-rear-wheel SuperCrew trucks with the 6.75-footbed and the F-250 will also require the high-capacity trailer tow package. There is no word on pricing but the Tremor Package will be available when the 2020 Super Duty goes on sale later in 2019.

Even better, the 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty offers best-in-class payload right from the bottom of the build sheet: the standard 6.2-liter gasoline engine offers 7,850 of payload capacity. To put the Super Duty’s max capabilities into perspective, you could conceivably haul a gooseneck trailer jammed with 11 Ford GT supercars, nearly 30 cows, or half a dozen of its rival pickup trucks And the more drivers can tow in one trip, the more money they can make on the delivery.

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The Interior

To the interior, several changes were made to improve functionality for end-users. Along with the addition of a driver-side glove compartment, the truck added the option of dashboard-mounted auxiliary switches (for owners who fit equipment such as snowplows, winches, and auxiliary lights); these are switches that were typically user-designed. For users that tow, a new option was Ford TowCommand, a Trailer brake controller built into the dashboard, allowing it to integrate with the ABS system and engine computer from the factory.

Ford says the engine is for customers looking for more towing capability than an F-150 but don’t want to go the whole hog with the 6.7-liter PowerStroke diesel. The 7.3 will debut as an option in the F-250 and F-250, slotting in above the 6.2-liter gasoline V8. A lower-output version of the 7.3-liter making 350 horsepower and 468 pound-feet of torque will be standard on F-450 chassis cab models as well as the F-550, F-600 tweener model, F-650 and F-750.

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