The latest shots have been fired in the pickup truck wars, and they are Heavy Duty. The bulk of the full-size pickup business in the United States is among the traditional Big Three: Ford, General Motors and Dodge. Okay, Dodge trucks have been Ram trucks since 2009, and part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles since 2014. But in the HD truck world, the Big Three still dominate. Toyota, Nissan and Honda all make light duty pickups, and Nissan’s Titan HD is a marginal player in the HD field. But when it comes to volume in the full-size HD pickups, the Ford F-Series Super Duty, GM’s Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD, and Ram Heavy Duty are the leaders. And each model will be all-new for 2019 or 2020.
2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty
Ford has refreshed its F-Series Super Duty pickup trucks for the 2020 model year with significant upgrades to available powertrain, transmission, trailering, and technology features, along with exterior and interior design updates. Joining the holdover 6.2-liter V8 gasoline engine, an all-new 7.3-liter V8 gasoline engine will be available for Super Duty. On the diesel side, a new third-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel V8 is tuned to produce more horsepower and torque than previous generation engines. Ford has not yet released horsepower and torque figures for the new engines. All three engines will now be available with a new 10-speed TorqShift automatic transmission with a wider gear ratio span and a live-drive power takeoff.
New Pro Trailer Backup Assist will be available on the 2020 Super Duty. The system employs a knob to steer the trailer using visual assist from the Reverse Guidance system, which shows trailer angle and direction via the reverse camera. The system can operate with all trailer styles, including gooseneck and fifth-wheel trailers. Every new 2020 Super Duty will be equipped with FordPass Connect’s embedded 4G LTE modem with Wi-Fi access for up to 10 devices as standard equipment. Optional driver assist technology will include lane-keeping alert, Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage, Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Detection, wireless charging and USB-C power ports.
All Super Duty models will receive a new front-end design that allows for optimized cooling under heavy loads, while dual-rear-wheel models get a unique version of the front end. LED headlights have a new look and improved performance. The tailgate, taillamps and rear bumper have been updated with a bolder look. Interior upgrades have been applied to Lariat and above models.
Author: Jason Fogelson