(Posted on Mar 21, 2019 at 07:31AM by Danielle Smyth)
After 19 million torture test miles through varied environmental conditions, occasionally using robot drivers, Ford’s introducing a bigger, better 2020 Super Duty it hopes can go head-to-head with competition from GM and Ram.
“Super Duty customers have demanding and diverse needs – from towing heavy trailers to repairing critical infrastructure,” explained Kumar Galhotra, Ford president, North America. “Productivity is their lifeblood and their truck is their biggest tool. Our new Super Duty has more power, more payload and towing capability and better technology than ever to help these customers build a better world.”
Ford’s redesigned the Super Duty’s turbocharger to improve pumping efficiency and throttle response and equipped the truck with a 36,000-psi fuel injection system for its 6.7-liter Power Stroke. Cylinder head, block, connecting rods, and bearings have all been beefed up to handle higher cylinder pressures and greater outputs and new steel pistons will support higher firing pressures, aiming to increase horsepower and torque outputs.
Power figures, towing, and payload specs haven’t been released yet, but should be an improvement on the current 6.7 Power Stroke with 450 horsepower (2,800 rpm) and 935 lb-ft. of torque (1,800 rpm).
“With the addition of the 7.3-liter V8, upgrades to our 6.7-liter, and the debut of an all-new 10-speed transmission, we are delivering the strongest, most capable Super Duty powertrain offerings yet,” said Mike Pruitt, Ford Super Duty Chief Engineer.