2020 Ford Super Duty Gets More Towing, More Torques, More Bragging Rights
Now Ford has raised the bar to a whole new level.
A few months back, GM just barely edged out Ram for tops in towing. With a mere 400 lbs, or the weight of a couple of passengers separating number one and number two. Now Ford has raised the bar to a whole new level. 1,500 lbs more than Sierra and Silverado. With more torque and more payload for the revised 2020 Super Duty pickups.
That’s right, the new F-450 can tow up to 37,000 lbs. That’s 16,783 kilograms, and getting close to four times what your drivers license allows in most provinces. Though we’d point out that Ford claims that figure only for a goose-neck, with 32,500 lbs for a fifth-wheel (like a travel trailer) while GM’s 3500 claims 35,500 for either style. On the bumper, the Super Duty maxes out at 24,200 lbs (10,977 kg) to GM’s 20,000 lb max and Ram’s 23,000 lb limit. We’ll also need to see if this limit applies to just one special trim like Ram or if it covers a wide range of trucks like Chevy and GMC, though Ford’s documents say XL trim only so it seems to be leaning toward the former. Get an F-350, to more closely match the 3500s from Ram and GM, and get 35,750 lbs max goose-neck, 27,500 fifth-wheel, and 21,200 on the bumper. Payload and towing are up across the board, not just on top trim, Ford says.
The 6.7L Powerstroke diesel V8 sees torque climb to 1,050 lb-ft. That puts it tops in class by 50 over Ram 3500’s 1,000 lb-ft option. At 475 hp, it’s a healthy margin over the power levels of the competition too, with a 10-speed automatic matching GM for most gears in the box. Gas buyers can have a pair of engines. A 385 hp 6.2L offers up the highest payload in class at 7,850 lbs, or there’s an all-new 7.3L V8 with 430 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque. Ford says that’s tops for gas figures in the segment.
There’s new towing tech, too, with Ford offering Pro Trailer Backup Assist to help drivers reverse those massive trailers using a dial on the dash and the backup camera. The system can work with fifth-wheel, goose-neck, and conventional trailers. XLT and higher-trim tricks get lane-keeping alert and blind-spot alerts with trailer coverage that can let you know if there’s another vehicle alongside your trailer. Those same trim trucks will also get pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking that can alert you of potential collisions and brake for you if you don’t act in time.
A new nose allows more air to help cool the engines when you’re trying to exercise that new towing capacity and dually trucks get a special grille that allows even more. LED headlights have been revised and high-spec trucks get new signature accent lighting. Limited trims get new interior colours and new leather and wood finishes including a suede headliner.
The 2020 Ford Super Duty pickups head to dealers by the end of the year.