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    2020 Ford Transit Van Adds AWD and Two New Engines

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    • New features for best-selling Ford Transit family include available all-wheel drive for improved traction; 2020 Transit also sees two all-new engines and new 10-speed automatic transmission
    • New driver-assist features – including standard Pre-Collision Assist with automatic emergency braking and available Ford Co-Pilot360™ technologies – help improve on-road confidence, uptime and productivity for customers
    • Standard FordPass Connect™ modem with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and connectivity for up to 10 devices helps drivers stay in touch with their vehicle, business and customers
    INDIANAPOLIS, March 5, 2019 – Proving once again that the best never rest, Ford – America’s van leader for 40 years – improves its best-selling Transit family with smart new technology, advanced driver-assist features and enhanced capability for a wide range of customers whether they use their vans to carry kids, seek out adventures or deliver cargo.

    “When we introduced Transit five years ago, it immediately became America’s go-to full-size van for fleets, small businesses and large families,” said Mark Buzzell, Ford director, fleet, lease and remarketing operations. “We listened to our commercial and family customers and updated Transit with useful amenities like standard Wi-Fi so kids or crew can stay connected, and helpful driver-assist features like available adaptive cruise control to take the stress out of traffic.”

    Upgrades include an available all-wheel-drive system, all-new 2.0-liter EcoBlue® bi-turbo I4 diesel, all-new 3.5-liter PFDi V6 gasoline engine with port fuel and direct injection and new 10-speed automatic transmission, plus new interiors and seating options.

    The 2020 Ford Transit offers the most vehicle configurations in its class to help customers specify just the right van for any job. In addition to cargo van, passenger van, chassis cab and cutaway, a new crew van joins the lineup. It can carry five people in two rows of seating with side curtain airbags. Tailored for owners who need to move larger crews plus gear to a job site, the crew van is an enhancement to the 2020 Ford Transit family based on customer feedback.

    A more capable Transit

    Because work doesn’t stop when the weather gets bad, Transit offers an intelligent all-wheel-drive system that’s always on to provide enhanced traction on icy, snowy or muddy roads.

    “We integrated Transit’s new all-wheel-drive system into the vehicle design early on to ensure it does not raise the load floor or seat height, making this van configuration as easy to enter and exit as the standard rear-wheel-drive model,” said Ray Eyles, Ford Transit chief program engineer. “This is a significant benefit for commercial drivers who are in and out of their vehicles dozens of times a day, as well as for shuttle bus passengers and families.”

    In normal mode, this all-wheel-drive system continuously monitors and optimizes torque output with the capability of sending up to 100 percent of available torque to the front wheels to help prevent slipping on loose surfaces. Using the vehicle’s selectable drive modes, the driver can engage mud and ruts or slippery modes at any speed to help increase the all-wheel-drive system’s capability for traveling in challenging conditions. All-wheel drive is available with gasoline powertrains.

    With 2020 Transit chassis cab and cutaway models, customers can also carry more, as the maximum GVWR increases from 10,360 pounds to 11,000 pounds.

    New and improved powertrains are designed to meet a wide range of customer needs including advances in fuel efficiency. The all-new 3.5-liter PFDi V6 is the new standard gasoline engine. It features port fuel and direct injection for improved efficiency versus the outgoing 3.7-liter engine. An available all-new 2.0-liter EcoBlue® bi-turbo I4 diesel engine is more fuel-efficient and offers more power and torque than the outgoing 3.2-liter diesel engine. It is equipped with Auto Start-Stop and is quieter than its predecessor. Customers can also choose the proven 3.5-liter EcoBoost® gas engine, which now includes Auto Start-Stop Technology, as well. Both gas engines can be ordered with dual 250-amp alternators to provide a robust power supply for upfit equipment.

    All engines are paired with Ford’s proven 10-speed automatic transmission, which offers a wide span of gear ratios, off-the-line performance and low engine speeds while highway cruising – all designed to contribute to improved fuel efficiency for model year 2020.

    Nicely equipped, Transit is easy to drive

    Ford adds new driver-assist features to an already well-equipped van to create the smartest Transit ever. These features can decrease the likelihood of an accident and improve uptime.

    New driver-assist features standard on every 2020 Transit cargo van, crew van, passenger van, cutaway and chassis cab include Pre-Collision Assist with automatic emergency braking and Pedestrian Detection, forward collision warning, post-collision braking, Lane-Keeping System and auto high-beam headlamps.

    Transit passenger van XLT is equipped with Ford Co-Pilot360™, which includes the features listed above plus Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage and cross-traffic alert. A new side sensing system joins the existing reverse sensing system as standard on XLT.

    Available enhanced active park assist can simplify maneuvering into parallel or reverse perpendicular parking spots. With the touch of a button, it provides prompts to the driver to manage gear selection, accelerator and braking, while Transit automatically steers itself into place. Enhanced active park assist includes park-out assist, which automatically steers the van out of a space while the driver controls the gear shifter, accelerator and brakes, making for less stress.

    Other new driver-assist features available include adaptive cruise control, front and rear split-view camera and adjustable speed limiting device.

    Smart and connected Transit is incredibly useful and fun

    The ability to stay in touch comes standard with the new Transit with an embedded FordPass Connect™ modem with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and connectivity for up to 10 devices – fun for families and incredibly useful for commercial customers who use their van as mobile office or workshop. USB outlets in every row of the passenger van can even mitigate family squabbles.

    Fleets can further enhance efficiency by choosing available new Ford Telematics™ and Ford Data Services™, which put an array of tools at the disposal of fleet managers. Fleet managers can optimize their business with easy-to-use features like detailed live map GPS tracking with order-to-delivery status, geofencing with alerts and key performance indicators. Fuel waste reporting helps identify ways to save costs, while Ford Telematics suggests coaching opportunities to increase efficiency, reduce waste and reveal concerns like seatbelt use or speed compliance. Managers can receive proactive maintenance notifications and vehicle health alerts, enabling them to schedule service, plan ahead and maximize uptime.

    Other technology updates include a center stack that can be optioned two different ways – either with a standard 4-inch full-color multifunction display or 8-inch slim-line touch screen display, each with the latest in SYNC® 3 plus Android Auto™ or Apple CarPlay™ compatibility. A 4.2-inch productivity screen in the cluster provides vehicle information and phone call status. AppLink for SYNC allows customers to control select apps on the touch screen without plugging in their Android or iOS device.

    Form follows function

    Exterior updates for Transit are subtle but functionally driven. A new power sliding door is available for cargo van and passenger van to make getting loaded up as well as exiting the vehicle easier. Premium high-intensity discharge headlamps with signature LED surround are available. Three grilles will adorn different models in van, chassis cab and cutaway configurations – a three-bar design with black or chrome bars and an open mesh design for maximum cooling. Vans equipped with the powerful 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine get a larger grille for maximum cooling.

    Transit has a new interior with a modern dashboard and features designed to improve comfort and practicality, such as durable new fabrics on the seating surfaces, plus myriad cupholders and compartments for storing gear and gadgets. Grab handles are improved, vents are updated to better direct heated and cooled air, and overall ergonomics are enhanced to make using everything a bit easier. Optional swivel front seats are available for the first time in response to recreational vehicle customer requests.

    The upgraded 2020 Ford Transit will ship this fall to Ford’s nationwide network of 3,000 dealers, including more than 675 dedicated Commercial Vehicle Center locations.

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    I wish the 4cylinder diesel motor would make its way into the focus!!!! That would be my dream car
     
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    If I have any more kids, I'm going to need one.
     
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    Ahem, ranger.

    Performance #'s on the 3.5?
     
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    I have a dually on order right now with the diesel motor. I'll post pics when I get it, which should be any day.

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    I thought this was an interesting combination if it could be built.

    Did you get it outfitted as a people carrier or a work van? I'm interested in how that engine runs.

    Travis do we have any numbers for the diesel?
     
  10. svtfocus2cobra

    svtfocus2cobra Opprimere, Velocitas, Violentia Operandi Established Member

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    An AWD 3.5TT 10 speed Auto Transit would be pretty damn fast! Has anyone tuned one of these yet? Lol. I have spent some time in the Transit Connect that is outfitted for personal use. Was loaded with two tone leather throughout and all the ammentities and headroom a family could need. Was really nice for a minivan alternative. Although pointless, would be a sweet little rig in an RS or at least ST configuration.
     
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    How many damn kids does this dude have.....jesus.
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    Now that AWD is an option. This WILL be my next contractor vehicle. Now i just gotta wait for another year or so so i can realistically warrant buying another vehicle for the business. I just bought the 06 6.0 f260 last summer and couldnt justify buying a new one quite yet.

    I think i would do the 3/4 ton SRW medium height roof with the 3.5 AWD.
     
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    It will be a work truck (no windows). We did not buy any shelves for it yet, waiting to see what we have to work with.

    Most of my trucks are F450 with KUV bodies, but I've heard a lot of good things about the Puma 3.2 I5 motor. We could use an intermediate truck so I bought this.

    FYI, Rebate for "outfitter" was $500.00, shelves or advertising on the outside costs qualified. Rebate of $1,000.00 for brand loyalty if you have bought a new E series truck since 2000. I still own a E350 and E450 (with KUV bodies) both with 6.0 motors.

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    445 GODZILLLA AWD 10 SPEED 11,500 GVW!
     
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    me32 BEASTLY SHELBY GT500 TVS Established Member

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    Where is the HP/TQ of these new motor options
     
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    Idont think they've been released yet. I looked to see if you can outfit one yet and they arent listed yet either.
     
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    Ill take an AWD model with the 3.5 TT. more boost and nitrous. That would make a hell of a rental to take to "Mexico".
     
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    Took Ford long enough. I still have my 2003 explorer hi top awd 5.3 v8 conversion van we got almost 10 years ago. 100k miles and never stuck and its towed our pop up camper with ease too. I did lose the rear bumper skirt and side skirts are cracked from testing the off road ability here in Wyoming. Awd, about time Ford!
     
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    Neat feature where you can unlock the back doors and swing them all the way around, and these handy magnets hold the door wide open
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    Over 6' of headroom on the model we ordered
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    My tech said the I5 Puma diesel has plenty of pep, we will see after we load this guy down with tools. I don't think as a rule we will be towing with this truck since we have 6.7 PS F450's on tap, but it is ready if we need it.

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    my 19 Transit Ecoboost just got to the dealer Wednesday... SMH about the 10r80 and AWD... i like the new front bumper and headlights!!!
     

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