2019 is The Year of the Grille! That’s right, BMW can’t have all the fun enlarging their snouts and this Built Ford Tough van needs a Built Ford Tough Grille.
Okay, in all seriousness it’s not that much larger than the pre-refresh Transit, but it’s funny to see this styling trend being applied to vehicles of all types.
Now on to the updates. All 2020 Ford Transits receive the GM/Ford Co-developed 10 Speed transmission. Gone is the 3.7 liter V6, it’s being replaced by a new 3.5 Liter Port & Direct Injection V6. Also gone is the turbo diesel inline 5 cylinder, now replaced with a 2.0 liter EcoBlue 4 cylinder diesel, currently used in European Transits & Rangers. No mention of output. Also, no word on whether the 3.5 Ecoboost V6 will stick around. AWD will now be an option for the Transit which is pretty unique.
Other updates include some interior tweaks, new infotainment, and better safety options including driver technologies like adaptive cruise, emergency breaking, etc.
It’s great to see Ford continuing to update the Transit. I’ve always been impressed with how well these large vans drive, especially compared to the ancient GM ones and Ford previous E-Series.