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Old 03-05-2019, 02:35 PM   #1
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Default Ford Transit getting AWD

https://media.ford.com/content/fordm...d-transit.html

2020 models will have AWD as a option as well as many driver safety features. Pretty big deal IMO. Promasters have a lot of catching up to do on all fronts except price.
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As a new RV buyer (just purchased a new Pleasure-Way Ascent), I was surprised to see how few options there were for RVs built on the Transit chassis. Are there particular challenges to building on it? I found its drivers seat far more comfortable than the Ram (especially for tall people like me), it has great gas engine options, and Ford dealers are everywhere so service would never be an issue. It's closer to the Ram than the Sprinter in terms of price. I would have loved to have considered one, but in addition to finding something I could drive long distances comfortably, our other top requirement was a sub-20' length. The Crossfit and Paseo are 22' long (as is the probably-never-to-be-produced Roadtrek Haven). Ford makes a shorter version that comes in at 19' 8" that is available with the high roof, but nobody seems to build on it. I wonder why that is.
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As a new RV buyer (just purchased a new Pleasure-Way Ascent), I was surprised to see how few options there were for RVs built on the Transit chassis. Are there particular challenges to building on it? I found its drivers seat far more comfortable than the Ram (especially for tall people like me), it has great gas engine options, and Ford dealers are everywhere so service would never be an issue. It's closer to the Ram than the Sprinter in terms of price. I would have loved to have considered one, but in addition to finding something I could drive long distances comfortably, our other top requirement was a sub-20' length. The Crossfit and Paseo are 22' long (as is the probably-never-to-be-produced Roadtrek Haven). Ford makes a shorter version that comes in at 19' 8" that is available with the high roof, but nobody seems to build on it. I wonder why that is.
I think there are oddities to it. I know the front of the cargo area roof has a slope to deal with. Not sure what other little things could be issues. The Promaster is probably the easiest platform to build on. But its getting dated fast. Especially with this news. And somehow FCA thinks this Promaster can go unchanged until 2022.

After these 2020 changes for the Transit the Promaster is going to be a very distant 3rd in terms of tech, driver safety, fit and finish, AWD, engine options and looks. The only things on its side are price and width that allows for beds that go across the cargo area.
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Impressive. And about time.

Glad Ford is keeping the 3.5L Ecoboost as an engine option.
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Impressive. And about time.

Glad Ford is keeping the 3.5L Ecoboost as an engine option.
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Also adding a 2nd alternator from the factory as a option. Another very nice feature.
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Car and driver had an article about this also:

https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a2...n-photos-info/
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Also adding a 2nd alternator from the factory as a option. Another very nice feature.
Also the ability to swivel BOTH front seats. That and the 2nd Alternator make it even MORE attractive for the DIYers
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Hopefully the swiveling of both front seats will allow for front lounge floor plans with 4 belted seats up front and permanent bed in the rear. Like the Aktiv, Travato, Safari Condo etc. I would love that floor plan on a Ford chassis.
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This is a step in the right direction for the Ford Transit, but they should have just done a proper 4WD system in order to compete on par with the Sprinter. It's especially disappointing considering that Quigley in PA already does aftermarket 4x4 conversions on the Transit using nearly all F-150 off the shelf parts, so there is no reason Ford couldn't just install that system at the factory. At the end of the day, this is a half measure that won't satisfy those who are looking for a true off-road capable adventure vehicle.
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This is a step in the right direction for the Ford Transit, but they should have just done a proper 4WD system in order to compete on par with the Sprinter. It's especially disappointing considering that Quigley in PA already does aftermarket 4x4 conversions on the Transit using nearly all F-150 off the shelf parts, so there is no reason Ford couldn't just install that system at the factory. At the end of the day, this is a half measure that won't satisfy those who are looking for a true off-road capable adventure vehicle.
Extremely low volume options like true 4wd on a high volume vehicle like the Transit van just donít make sense for Ford to do themselves, that is why they have approved 3rd party companies that get the vehicles drop shipped between manufacturing and the dealers who sell the option. How many customers per year would get the true 4wd? Not enough for Ford to do it themselves...
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