The truck wars are raging, with Detroit’s Big Three duking it out to claim top honors. That’s why the fourth-generation Ford Super Duty, launched for the 2017 model year, is already receiving some significant updates.
The major headline: with a 6.7L turbodiesel V8 under the hood, the 2020 Ford Super Duty can now serve up as much as 1,050 lb-ft of torque, and is rated to tow 37,000 pounds with a gooseneck trailer.
“Ford truck customers are building a better world with Super Duty and we’re helping them work even harder with the most available diesel towing, payload, torque and power you can get in a heavy-duty pickup,” says Super Duty Chief Engineer Mike Pruitt. “We’re excited to be in the nation’s largest truck market at the State Fair of Texas announcing we’ve surpassed the kilotorque barrier and made it standard with every pickup truck featuring a Power Stroke diesel engine.”
With a 1,050-lb-ft maximum torque rating, it should come as no surprise that the updated Ford Super Duty stands above the competition in other crucial categories, with best-in-class conventional towing (up to 24,200 pounds) and fifth-wheel towing (up to 32,500 pounds).
Granted, the diesel-powered Ford Super Duty doesn’t get all the glory; a new 7.3-liter gasoline V8, rated at a class-leading 430 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque, is a new option for 2020. The 6.2-liter Boss V8 remains available as well, delivering a best-in-class standard gas payload capacity of 7,850 pounds.
Not only can the new Super Duty pull more weight; it can do it with less stress for the driver. Pro Trailer Backup Assist is available, allowing drivers to back up their trailers by using a knob to point it where they want it, and Trailer Reverse Guidance provides a graphical overlay of the trailer angle and direction over the reverse camera feed.
In addition, Ford has taken to updating the Super Duty’s roster of available tech. An embedded 4G LTE modem with in-vehicle WiFi comes standard, providing access for up to ten devices at a time, and wireless charging and USB-C charging ports are available. Standard on XLT and above, active safety tech like Lane-Keeping Alert, Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, and Blind Spot Information System with Trailer Coverage reduce the amount the driver has to stress about. That Trailer Coverage system, which accounts for the length of the trailer being pulled in its blind spot warnings, is an especially useful feature for those who tow.
The 2020 Ford Super Duty will start shipping to dealers before the end of the year, Ford says.