We’ll say it again: heavy-duty pickup manufacturers are not kidding around. The competition is extremely fierce and there is just no time to rest.
Each one hopes to have the most powerful engines, the strongest chassis and the best capabilities for work and play.
Speaking of which, things are heating up quite a bit in the off-road pickup segment.
At GMC, we have the first-ever AT4 variant in the Sierra HD lineup. Featuring underbody skid plates, tow hooks, a two-inch lift kit with Rancho shocks, an Eaton locking rear differential and black-painted 18-inch wheels wrapped in off-road tires, the 2020 GMC Sierra HD AT4 is a monster.
The AT4 is available with a 6.6-litre Duramax turbo-diesel engine that’s significantly improved for 2020. This proven powerplant now delivers 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque, giving the Sierra HD best-in-class towing capacity of 35,500 pounds and making it the strongest off-road pickup on the market—at least for the time being.
FCA strikes back with the 2020 Ram 2500 Power Wagon. A long-time expert at tackling punishing terrains and pulling heavy loads (now up to 19,780 pounds), this athletic freak has a few tricks up its sleeve including a Wrangler-like articulated suspension that makes it possible to fully disconnect the sway bars.
Under the hood is the familiar 6.4-litre HEMI V8 rated at 410 horsepower and 427 pound-feet of torque. It gets better with a two-inch lift kit, heavy-duty Bilstein shocks, 33-inch off-road tires, available skid plates, locking differentials and a Warn winch with a 10,000-lb capacity. Impressive!
Finally, the new 2020 Ford F-250 and F-350 will go on sale by the end of the year with an incredible Tremor Off-Road Package. Available with the all-new 7.3-litre gasoline V8 (430 hp, 475 lb-ft of torque) or the 6.7-litre Power Stroke turbo-diesel (475 hp, 1,050 lb-ft), the latter towing up to 37,000 pounds, the Tremor Off-Road Package starts with ginormous 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires mounted on a set of unique 18-inch matte black wheels.
These tires, combined with a two-inch front-end lift and shorter air dam, result in a ground clearance of 10.8 inches, best-in-class water fording of 33 inches and the best approach and departure angles of any Super Duty ever. And for the first time, the big Ford gets Trail Control, a feature that debuted on the F-150 Raptor and Ranger as a cruise control system for off-road driving.
May the best truck win!