SPIED: 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty in F-250 and F-450 Forms
Is a Regular-Cab F-450 on the Way?
Ford will comprehensively update the 2020 F-Series Super Duty to match incoming competition from the all-new Chevrolet Silverado HD and Ram Heavy Duty. Mirroring many of the updates made to the 2018 Ford F-150, expect the new Super Duty to receive altered exterior styling and new powertrains to keep the big truck relevant.
The Super Duty’s skin isn’t readily visible under Ford’s stippled powertrain, but we can clearly make out an updated grille that abandons the current truck’s twin-bar design. The 2020 Super Duty will replace that styling feature with a much more open grille, adorned with a big Ford logo in the middle. We also expect a new headlight design, and the rear end will receive a more sculpted tailgate and more modern taillights.
Spy photographers spotted the 2020 F-Series Super Duty testing in two variants: An F-250 crew cab and an unusual 10-lug dualie wearing 19.5-inch wheels and a regular cab body. Its hub and wheel layout would suggest this is an F-450, but we’re thrown off by the small cab—currently, the F-450 is available to private customers in crew cab form only. Of course, the vehicle could be a test mule for the fleet F-450, which is available with a regular cab and no cargo box. Or it could presage a retail-ready F-450 regular cab, destined for privateers who want big towing capability but don’t need seating for five.
Under the hood of the 2020 Super Duty will likely be updated versions of the lineup’s current engines: a 6.2L gasoline V-8 and a 6.7L turbodiesel V-8. Expect the former to get a big power boost over its current 385 hp and 430 lb-ft (we wouldn’t be surprised to see it hit 400 hp and 500 lb-ft), and the diesel will likely receive another 15 lb-ft, for a total of 950.
There are also rumors Ford will introduce a new 7.0L V-8 to replace the thirsty 6.8L V-10 available in fleet configurations, which only produces 288 hp and 424 lb-ft. Expect the new V-8 to make a diesel-rivaling 475 hp, along with 550 lb-ft or so.
What’s more, the new 2020 Super Duty will be Ford’s first big truck to receive its 10-speed automatic transmission. The gearbox, jointly developed with General Motors, is already available in the 2018 F-150 and Expedition, as well as the Lincoln Navigator, Chevrolet Suburban RST, GMC Yukon Denali, and Cadillac Escalade. It’ll also make an appearance in the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and is expected for the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD.
Ford isn’t likely to reveal much about the new Super Duty until closer to its on-sale date late next year. Expect a full reveal of the new truck at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in January.
Source: KGP Photography