Ford is banking its 2020 F-Series Super Duty will attract the attention of professional snow and ice managers. The auto and truck manufacturer is touting the 2020 truck has the heaviest snow plow rating for both gas and diesel trucks in the segment.
With the available snowplow prep package, Ford says the Super Duty features a maximum 1,400-pound snow plow rating accounting for mounting hardware, which is best-in-class for gasoline-powered trucks in the segment, and maximum 1,290 pounds which is also best-in-class for the diesel segment.
“Super Duty is a real workhorse in the snow removal industry,” says Mike Pruitt, Ford F-Series Super Duty chief engineer. “With our new snowplow prep package, we’re really delivering for folks who clear the way after a big storm. Being able to safely hook up bigger plows means roads, driveways and parking lots are cleared quickly and drivers can move on to the next job.”
Ford's new snowplow prep package, available for 4x4 pickups, includes heavy-duty springs specific to each configuration and an up-rated alternator to deal with heavy electrical loads.
Snow contractors may appreciate other new features, such as a windshield wiper de-icer, which preheats the windshield under the wipers to keep blades free of ice, as well as available heated steering wheel and heated front and rear seats.
Optional white or amber LED strobe lights on XL, XLT or Lariat series trucks take a step out of the upfitting process. Deep snow/sand drive mode is available on models equipped with the all-new 10-speed heavy-duty TorqShift automatic transmission. The special drive mode changes throttle mapping and traction control settings to allow for added control and greater confidence in snowy or slick conditions.
Ford also highlights the Super Duty's high-strength steel boxed frame and high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body that provide a sturdy backbone.
Contractors have a choice of engines, including a standard 6.2-liter gas V8, an available all-new 7.3-liter gas V8 with best-in-class1 430 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque and an available third-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel V8 with best-in-class 475 horsepower and 1,050 lb.-ft. of torque.
According to Ford, the Super Duty trucks are shipping to dealers now.
Mike Zawacki is Editor of Snow Magazine.