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.
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.
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