“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,” said 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 kilo-torque barrier and made it standard with every pickup truck featuring a Power Stroke diesel engine.”
The new 2020 F-Series Super Duty pickup owns six key best-in-class heavy-duty pickup truck claims for full-size pickups over 8,500 pounds (3,856kg):
> Best-in-class maximum available diesel gooseneck towing of up to 37,000 pounds (16,783kg)
> Best-in-class maximum available diesel fifth-wheel towing of 32,500 pounds (14,515kg)
> Best-in-class maximum available diesel conventional towing of 24,200 pounds (10,977kg)
> Best-in-class diesel power and torque with available 6.7-litre Power Stroke diesel V8 delivering 475hp and 1,050 ft.-lbs (1,423Nm) of torque.
> Best-in-class gas (petrol) power and torque from all-new available 7.3-litre V8 delivering 430hp and 475 ft.-lbs (644Nm) of torque.
> Best-in-class maximum payload capacity of 7,850 pounds (3,561kg) with standard 6.2-litre gas (petrol) engine.
To put the capability of Super Duty into perspective, its maximum available towing figure means a properly configured F-450 could tow about as much weight as 31 American quarter horses at 1,200 pounds.
For 2020, maximum towing capacity increases across all Super Duty pickup series – F-250, F-350 and F-450 – versus the outgoing model.
The 2020 Super Duty with Tremor Off-Road Package will have a maximum towing capacity of up to 15,000 pounds (6,804kg) for conventional trailers and 21,900 pounds (9,934kg) for gooseneck trailers with the available diesel.
Additionally, it can take on a maximum payload of 4,210 pounds (1,910kg) with the all-new 7.3-litre gas (petrol) engine that is available.
With 19 million miles (30.78mil km) of accumulated testing, the Super Duty is touted to be able to stand up to the harshest conditions and heaviest work.
Also, every aspect has been torture tested — including its high-strength steel boxed frame, high-strength military-grade aluminium-alloy body and integrated gooseneck hitch mounts.
Even the all-new 7.3-litre gas (petrol) V8 has been rigorously tested as has the available third-generation 6.7-litre Power Stroke diesel and all-new 10-speed heavy-duty TorqShift automatic transmission which is available with all engine options.
The brand with the Blue Oval says that its F-Series Super Duty trucks command the highest market share at over 62% in the mining industry, 50% for emergency vehicles, and more than 47% in construction (IHS Markit TIPNet U.S. registration data, January 2017 through June 2019).
The new Super Duty has been introduced with a new Pro Trailer Backup Assist system which helps the driver negotiate large trailers into tight spaces.
Drivers use a knob instead of the steering wheel to easily maneuver the trailer via the reverse camera with Trailer Reverse Guidance lines that shows the trailer's angle and direction and provides steering suggestions.
Ford is the only manufacturer to provide Pro Trailer Backup Assist and Trailer Reverse Guidance technology that accommodates all trailer types – conventional, fifth-wheel and gooseneck designs.
The 2020 Super Duty also comes with FordPass Connect with an embedded 4G LTE modem, Wi-Fi access for up to 10 devices to help keep the crew connected as well as wireless charging and USB-C ports.
Standard features on XLT and above Super Duty trim levels include Lane-Keeping Alert, Blind Spot Information System with Trailer Coverage.
Also included are Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking and second-row seat belt pre-tensioners (standard on all Super Duty models).
The 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks are built at the company's Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, Kentucky, and Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake, Ohio. Trucks start shipping to dealers by year-end.