Ford Motor Co. this week debuted the 2020 Transit, and served notice by the brand’s host of upgrades that the automaker is ready, willing and able to build on the success of its do-everything van that has become a popular platform for Class B and Class C motorhomes by several RV manufacturers.

An overview of what’s new for the 2020 Transit, includes: 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; new 10-speed automatic transmission; plus new interiors and seating options that include swivel seats in the cockpit.

Additionally, the 2020 Ford Transit now offers a class-leading 92 vehicle configurations — 28 more than its predecessor — while the GVWR on its chassis cab and cutaway models is now a maximum of 11,020 pounds compared with the previous 10,360 pounds.

“Our RV business is a big business for Ford, whether they buy an E-Series, Super Duties — a lot of those — the F-53 strip chassis, or the Transit. But the Transit has really been well-received,” Tim Stoehr, Ford’s general fleet marketing manager, told RVBUSINESS.com in a January sneak preview of the new Transit. 

“But one of the things we weren’t able to pack into what is already the most complex vehicle sold in North America, was a swivel seat,” he added. “We’re doing that and we’re launching it with the new 2020 model. Combining that front swivel seat with the all-wheel drive capability is going to open up a whole new space. We call them Adventure Vans. Every one of the RV manufacturers is looking at Transit right now, and next year’s going to be really, really exciting.”

One innovation Stoehr was especially excited about was the all-wheel drive capability, which he said would “blow people’s minds.” Available with gasoline powertrains, Transit’s intelligent all-wheel-drive system is “always on” to provide enhanced traction on icy, snowy or muddy roads. In normal mode, this all-wheel-drive system continuously monitors and optimizes torque output with the capability of sending up to 50% of available torque to the front wheels to help prevent slipping on loose surfaces. 

The all-new 3.5-liter PFDi V6 is now Transit’s 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. 

The engine 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 up-fit equipment. 

Performance specifications will be announced later this fall when 2020 models are available for delivery, officials noted.