Over the summer, we got our first look at the 2020 Ford Super Duty Tremor package, a package designed specifically to make the F-250 and F-350 even more dominant off-road. This package is meant for drivers who often take their massive F-250s and F-350s off-road, perhaps towing a trailer full of ATVs or kayaks in search of adventure.
Ford reported that 70 percent of its customers accessorize
their trucks after purchase. To do so, they might spend anywhere from $2,000 to
$10,000. Rather than require customers to accessorize for off-road readiness
after they buy, Ford wanted to create an option through an available package.
Ford will offer the Tremor package starting at the XLT trim
and upwards on 4×4 single-rear-wheel SuperCrew trucks that have a 6.75-foot
cargo box. Why? Simply because this model’s design is easiest to take off road.
The Tremor package will include bigger shocks, an upgraded
suspension, a locking rear differential with electronic shift-on-the-fly,
raised off-road running boards, and skid plates. This package lifts the Super
Duty 10.8 inches off the ground.
The 2020 Ford Super Duty models go on sale at dealerships, including Kevin’s Royal Auto in Cooperstown, this fall. Ford has not yet announced pricing for this package, but we expect to get official numbers soon.
For the 2020 model year, Ford plans to introduce a new Ford Explorer Hybrid model with an innovative new transmission system, which Ford calls “modular hybrid technology.” This technology, which you’ll be able to test here at Kevin’s Royal Auto in Cooperstown, will simultaneously improve the Explorer’s efficiency and capabilities.
The new transmission system will make its debut in the 2020
Explorer. Ford also plans to incorporate it into new F-150 and Bronco hybrid
models. The system will work with the 10-speed SelectShift automatic
transmission and will add an electric motor for more power and torque.
“Hybrids are more than just fuel efficiency,” said Dave Filipe, Ford’s vice president of powertrain engineering. “Whatever solutions we provide have to be no-compromise, especially as we get into the larger vehicles. We need to create something different to get the right answer for this customer segment.”
The 2020 Explorer Hybrid will have a combined output of 318
horsepower and 322 lb-ft of torque. With its hybrid system, it will have an
estimated driving range around 500 miles and will still be able to tow up to
Joining the Explorer Hybrid next year will also be a 2020
Escape Hybrid and an Escape Plug-in Hybrid. These smaller models will use a
continuously variable transmission (CVT) and will be able to drive up to 85 mph
using only battery power.