Ford takes its commercial vehicle lineup very seriously, so it comes as little surprise the brand is updating the popular Transit van lineup for 2020. While the styling updates are modest, there’s a host of new features, new engines and, finally, all-wheel-drive.
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.”
Headlining the upgrades is the addition of an optional all-wheel-drive system. This is the first time AWD has been offered in the Transit and it will be paired to a couple new engine options. Ford is swapping out the current 3.2-liter diesel engine in favor of a new 2.0-liter EcoBlue bi-turbo diesel inline-four engine. Ford is also offering its 3.5-liter PFDI V-6 gas engine in the Transit. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 remains as an option as well. All engines are now paired to the company’s 10-speed automatic transmission.
“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.”
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.
Pairing with the new capabilities is a host of new features. Ford has added its CoPilot 360 suite of active safety features, which includes Pre-Collision Assist with automatic emergency braking and Pedestrian Detection, forward collision warning, post-collision braking, Lane-Keeping System and auto high-beam headlamps. Adaptive cruise control is also offered.
Rounding out the changes is a mildly refreshed interior that includes a new free-standing eight-inch touchscreen display and several other minor changes that are sure to please commercial buyers.