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Anyone with 2018 crystal ball? 4x4?

Now that the 2017 is on the street, any crystal balls on the 2018?

I currently have a Toyota Tundra 4x4 with an FWC camper, so I am good to go for now. But as I am within a couple years of retirement and will be spending much more time on the road, I like the form factor of the new vans. When I started my research several months ago I immediately went to the Sprinter forums because that’s what I see everywhere. But it only took me a few weeks of reading to realize that people must be blinded by the Mercedes cache, and are willing to put up with the many shortcomings.

This has led me to the Ford Transit. I am ready to buy and start a camper conversion, but there is one thing I would wait for if it was coming in 2018, that is 4 x 4. I spend a lot of time in Death Valley. I know that 4 x 4 in one of these high vans will never be like 4 x 4 on my Tundra, and I will not be able to go on some of the roads I go now, but 4 x 4 could get me out of trouble on even a non 4 x 4 dirt road.

Anyone have real knowledge or this, or know approximately when we will know about the 2018 line-up?

Also, I have seen this pic on-line as a 2018. What is that over the front windshield? More glass, a custom paint job, or some real change in 2018?
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Now that the 2017 is on the street, any crystal balls on the 2018?

I currently have a Toyota Tundra 4x4 with an FWC camper, so I am good to go for now. But as I am within a couple years of retirement and will be spending much more time on the road, I like the form factor of the new vans. When I started my research several months ago I immediately went to the Sprinter forums because that’s what I see everywhere. But it only took me a few weeks of reading to realize that people must be blinded by the Mercedes cache, and are willing to put up with the many shortcomings.

This has led me to the Ford Transit. I am ready to buy and start a camper conversion, but there is one thing I would wait for if it was coming in 2018, that is 4 x 4. I spend a lot of time in Death Valley. I know that 4 x 4 in one of these high vans will never be like 4 x 4 on my Tundra, and I will not be able to go on some of the roads I go now, but 4 x 4 could get me out of trouble on even a non 4 x 4 dirt road.

Anyone have real knowledge or this, or know approximately when we will know about the 2018 line-up?

Also, I have seen this pic on-line as a 2018. What is that over the front windshield? More glass, a custom paint job, or some real change in 2018?
I've seen that rendering before, I think it came from a vendor or conversion company.

Edit: Quote from trucktrend -- "The Galpin Auto Sports-tuned Transit Skyliner appeared earlier this year at April’s New York Auto Show. Underneath the subtle paint and exterior mods, it features a gorgeous interior with four supple captain’s chairs, full wood flooring, and an extensive infotainment array. Designed for executive travel, it looks perfect for the job."

So I think that is just paint similar to the Waldoch offering for SEMA 2014.


We will probably see a 8 or 9 speed transmission and small aero tweaks/weight reduction to meet CAFE for the 150s which will translate to the bigger guys. I doubt much more until about 2023-2025.

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As you are probably aware, you can order a 2017 Transit with a 4x4 conversion done by Quigley or QuadVan.

See for example
Quigley 4x4

Not cheap but there are many? 4x4 Transits on the road now.
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I think a Transit 4X all depends on how many the other guys are selling...making it's development worthwhile. MB obviously does...perhaps they sell a lot of those in Europe?

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When Quigley makes the Fortune 500, Ford will buy them and offer 4x4.
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I see AWD as possible, but far in the future if ever, but not true 4 WD. I think Ford and Quigley have a deal that Ford will not step on Quigley's business.
Another reason, I think, is the roof height. The medium and high roof vans will never be true 4 wheelers. They are just too big and tall and Ford would have to redesign to fit a larger all-terrain tire. I don't see that happening.
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I see AWD as possible, but far in the future if ever, but not true 4 WD. I think Ford and Quigley have a deal that Ford will not step on Quigley's business.
Another reason, I think, is the roof height. The medium and high roof vans will never be true 4 wheelers. They are just too big and tall and Ford would have to redesign to fit a larger all-terrain tire. I don't see that happening.
Exactly. The demand for a full size van that is TRUE offroad capable is miniscule. Most that desire such a thing just want it for the novelty, not because they think it would be great to take a large van 4-wheeling. That's what UTVs and Jeeps are for. The desire for a full size van that can drive on icy roads and muddy or sandy backroads is pretty high, though. High enough demand that Ford will eventually offer some kind of AWD in the Transit.

As the Transit is mainly a fleet vehicle, with a moderate amount of personal ownership, we might not see AWD very soon. Professional drivers don't need AWD much because they stick to the paved and maintained roads.
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When will the 18's be announced anyways? The 10 speed automatic Ecoboost they're using in the new Raptor would be the real deal for Transit!! And 4x4, Yes Please, sign me up!!

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Alas, appears Transit does not get the 10 speed for 2018.

http://www.autoevolution.com/news/20...go-108709.html

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