So today, Tom Somerville, Super Duty Brand Manager at Ford Motor Company, stops by to drop a revolutionary bomb from the all-time leader in truck sales for the last 42 consecutive years! Ford’s all-new 2020 F-Series Super Duty is coming to a dealer new you, this fall, and it’s worth leaving your spouse for!
Tom kicks things off with a look under the hood. 2020 F-Series Super Duty trucks have some new options that really deliver on the power and demands of a wide range of drivers. Adding to the standard 6.2-liter V8 gas offering is the brand-new 7.3-liter gasoline V8. Tom says this is a from the ground up, brand-new, Ford designed, and Ford built engine. Plus, a third-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke® diesel V8 that has been upgraded and now delivers more power and torque. Both of those engines are paired with the all-new 10-speed heavy-duty TorqShift® automatic transmission. And when it comes to the transmission, the Ford team designed and built the 10-speed heavy-duty TorqShift® with four extra gears and somehow made it fit into the same space as the 6-speed and weigh only 3.5 pounds more. It also has selectable drive modes like tow/haul, eco, slippery, deep sand and snow. Tom isn’t ready to give up any trade secrets on how they were able to pull that all off, but he admits the Ford engineers are the best in the business. Tom says these additions really fill in the Ford powertrain offerings and cater to all customers from those that need the proven, E85 capable engine like that in the 6.2-liter V8 or others who are diesel drivers that need to harness every bit of towing power possible like what is available in the upgraded 6.7-liter. Plus, those with needs in between can find a home with the new 7.3-liter V8. Drivers on both ends of the spectrum and everywhere in between will have plenty to choose from in the offerings of Ford’s capable powertrain lineup.
Because so many Super Duty drivers tow and pull trailers on a regular basis, trailer technology is something that makes sense and something that Tom says drivers have been asking for. Class-exclusive new Pro Trailer Backup Assist is a smart technology that helps drivers navigate hooking up trailers, parking, backing down boat ramps, backing through tight spaces and other tricky situations with more ease. Tom highlights how easy it is, simply by using a knob on the dash the driver can maneuver their truck and trailer with their hands off of the steering wheel. Using the knob system, the driver steers the trailer using the reverse camera and the Trailer Reverse Guidance system that shows the trailer trajectory to help you efficiently and effectively backup your trailer. The trailer technology systems work with all trailer styles, regardless if you’re hauling a fifth wheel, gooseneck or bumper pull, drivers have access to this technology.
Technology continues to advance and in the world of trucks that technology enables Ford to keep you safer on the road. Tom talks specifically about Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking. This system utilizes cameras in the mirrors to sense when something is in the path of the truck. In the event that you do not hit the brakes to avoid a collision with whatever object is in your path, this system will kick in and automatically apply braking pressure to avoid a collision. Not only does it keep you and your vehicle accident free, but it also allows you to monitor what is happening around your vehicle and protect the things you may not realize are around it. Tom says that great features like this Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking as well as Pro Trailer Backup Assist, BLIS with Cross-Traffic Alert and Trailer Coverage and others, come standard on XLT models and above now.
When it comes to new technology like the Pro Trailer Backup Assist, Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking and BLIS with Cross-Traffic Alert and Trailer Coverage, many experienced drivers may question their need for these advancements since they have operated for so long without them. However, Tom says once you begin using these technologies you become really comfortable with them and are able to experience the benefits. Not only are primary drivers able to reap the benefits, but Tom also highlights how these built in safety mechanisms allow experienced drivers to share the driving burden with others who may not have the same comfort level as they do behind the wheel. It allows them to be safe and more effective drivers.
Tech gurus and those who live and work out of their trucks will no doubt appreciate the high-tech upgrade for the 2020 Ford Super Duty. Tom explains how the FordPass Connect™ with 4G LTE modem now comes standard across the entire Super Duty truck range. What does this mean for you? Simply put, you have continuous WIFI access within your vehicle and up to 50 feet around it with connectivity for up to 10 devices. Tom notes that because the truck has its own dedicated cellular antennae, in areas with limited or weak cell phone service you may find that you have better WIFI connectivity using the truck, then you’ll be able to achieve with your cell phone.
The official stats for capability haven’t been released yet for the 2020 Ford Super Duty, as it won’t hit dealers until this fall. Tom says that those numbers will come in future releases. However, Ford has said that the 2020 F-Series Super Duty will offer its highest-ever conventional, gooseneck and fifth-wheel towing and payload ratings. Tom highlights the impressive capabilities of the 2019 Super Duty which boasts a maximum towing of 35,000 pounds for goosenecks, 27,500 pounds for fifth wheel trailering and 21,000 pounds for off the bumper towing. With that kind of capability in the 2019 models, it’s exciting to see what is coming down the line for the 2020 Super Duty.
The 2020 F-Series Super Duty trucks are designed to work and tackle heavy loads, but they are also efficient and effective everyday drivers. Tom says this is especially true of the third generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke. He says that some pretty significant upgrades have been made with an all-new fuel system, new turbo, upgrades to the cylinder head, block and pistons and collectively those upgrades generate more power, but also improve the efficiency while under load or when traveling light. If you’re wanting more of the nitty gritty details, Tom says you’ll have to wait until those are released a little closer to the launch date.
So, we’ve talked power, performance, capability and technology, but what about the exterior? Rest assured, there are some new features on the way for the 2020 Super Duty. Tom says every series will have an all new grille dressing up the front end and new headlamps. That all-new grille also extends to dually models that will come with a high flow grille made to pair with the diesel engine allowing increased airflow and breathing for better towing performance. Plus, there are seven new wheels and tires so every truck, outside of the Platinum, will be getting an all-new wheel design.
The 2020 F-Series Super Duty trucks will be built and assembled in the U.S.A. at the Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville and the Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake. So, the only question that remains at this point is when will 2020 F-Series Super Duty trucks be available for purchase? Tom says that information is still under wraps, however you can look to find them sometime this fall. In the meantime, you can check them out in more detail here.
A big shout out to my man Tom Somerville, Super Duty Brand Manager at Ford Motor Company, and the whole Ford Truck Team, y’all rock! Many thanks for stopping by to showcase the new 2020 F-Series Super Duty, you guys killed it!
Here’s to improved horsepower, torque and the road ahead!