However, a dozer would mirror his tough, stubborn, get it done and ostentatious kind of personality. In my case, nothing about my personality suggests that I would ever drive a small hatchback or minivan. I don’t have anything against those particular vehicles, however, I think I’d have to shave my beard and start wearing yoga pants in order to feel at home behind those wheels. Instead, my boots and jeans, sometimes salty language and redneck spirit is right at home in the seat of a full size truck.
Tom Somerville is the Super Duty Brand Manager at Ford Motor Company and as such, he has a pretty good handle on all things trucks. He joins The Revolution this week to talk about the 2020 Super Duty, the most capable heavy duty ever.
New for 2020 is the 7.3-liter gasoline V8 with a muscular 430 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. It’s a beefy engine with the largest displacement in its class, Tom says. A new engine built from the ground up, the 7.3-liter V8 has plenty of innovation, however Tom says it’s old school in a way with a cam-in-block pushrod design and forged steel block. It may not have some of the modern technologies you’ll see in other engines like turbocharging, Tom says, instead it was built for durability and power, and that it delivers. For those that don’t need the full power capabilities of the big 3rd generation Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel, but require more than the base 6.2 gas V8 can offer, the 7.3-liter really spans the gap nicely between the two. Tom discusses the extensive testing the Ford team did to perfect this engine and make it versatile enough to deliver a wide range of capabilities across all of their trucks.
Undoubtedly, the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel has the most backbone and muscle of all the 2020 Super Duty engines. This beast has 475 horsepower and 1,050 pound-feet of torque. It’s like having a T-Rex under the hood, chewing up the road and spitting it out as you cruise. Paired with the 10-speed TorqShift transmission, the turbo diesel can tow up to 37,000 pounds. The upgrades here have helped the Ford team deliver some of their highest capabilities. It’s this kind of innovation, design and engineering that contribute to Ford earning the title of, “America’s Best Selling Truck” for 43 years now and “America’s Best Selling Vehicle” for 38 years and counting.
Aside from engine upgrades, Tom says a few tweaks have been made to the Super Duty based on customer feedback, like a slightly lowered stance. Tom says this one-inch modification makes accessibility to the bed easier for customers and it also improves trailer clearance when towing. If you are disappointed with the modest adjustment and prefer the more aggressive and higher ride,Tom says that can be appeased with the Tremor Off-Road Package that increases ride height about 2-inches.
Listen in as Tom Somerville, Super Duty Brand Manager at Ford Motor Company joins The Revolution to talk about the new and improved 2020 Ford Super Duty.