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Exclamation Update on 2020 Ford Transit AWD models

Through a connection in the Ford Brand Group, I found out that Ford will be running a test group of AWD models starting in the early build cycle on the 2020 model and do some trial runs to see how the assembly built units do on the road. So far they have had only test mules and nothing actually built on the assembly line in KC.

This may cause early AWD orders to be delayed longer than expected with current projections being late October to November for the first builds for dealer orders. Will look more into this to see what they are expecting to do if problems arise during their test group runs.
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Hey Ed, any news or updates on the timelines? Thanks!
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The 2020 Ford Transit AWD model may be a late availability for the start of the 2020 model production. The information I got from the Ford Transit Brand Group at the preview of the 2020 Transit models at the Work Truck show in Indianapolis, IN was Ford was looking to build some of the AWD models at the Transit assembly plant and doing some testing on those models to see if any problems would arise from the assembly line. All of the Transit test mules were built via the Engineering Group so they may have a different build than a assembly line built unit.

When looking at the wheels on the AWD models, I had noticed the center wheel cap had a 6 slotted pattern to it. Since I could not tell what was under the cap, I went to the Transit Brand Group member over the drivetrain area and sure enough, the 2020 Ford Transit AWD model will have a 6 LUG BOLT WHEEL PATTERN!
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AWD Ground Clearance

How much ground clearance will the AWD version have?
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It will be the SAME HEIGHT as the non-AWD model. They wanted to keep it the same height mostly for the passenger van where more people would be entering the vehicle.
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...the 2020 Ford Transit AWD model will have a 6 LUG BOLT WHEEL PATTERN!
The wheels section (pg. 36) of the just-released 2020 ordering guide makes it look like it's the new heavy duty front axle that results in 6-lug wheels.

What's odd about it is that section shows only DRW-style wheels with the 41E Heavy-Duty Front Axle,
but that option is available on SRW configurations too.

But since the photos for the DRW base steel wheels are 6-lug but listed for the standard or heavy duty front axle, maybe the photos are intended only to show the style of wheel?




UPDATE: I just realized the DRWs have always had 6-lug wheels.

The bolt pattern is oddball too, 6 x 180mm, which is a much larger bolt circle than F150.

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From what I understand when at the 2020 Ford Transit preview in March, the RWD will use the 5 bolt pattern and the AWD will use the 6 bolt pattern. Since BOTH of the Transits at the show were AWD models, they had the 6 bolt pattern wheels.

In the first picture above, the wheel in the center and the upper right hand use the 6 bolt pattern and these 2 wheels will be available for the AWD model. The 3 remaining wheel pictures are the same wheels that are available for the 2019 and prior model Transits with the 5 bolt pattern.

Curious what the spare tire and wheel on the AWD will look like. Hopefully since it just shows the Silver Steel wheel on the AWD model, Ford won't go to the added process of painting the spare rim BLACK!
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looks like the heavy duty front axle is standard on most AWD models - passenger or cargo/crew

Its a option on most RWD Cargo/Crew models

its not an option on most passenger RWD models except optional on RWD Extended Length models if you get a power sliding door.

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Guessing that the torque placed on regular axle from AWD would cause to much stress?
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Guessing that the torque placed on regular axle from AWD would cause to much stress?
The higher weight rating of the heavy duty front axle is mainly to cope with the added weight of AWD, but the 6-lug wheels help with the torque.
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From what I understand when at the 2020 Ford Transit preview in March, the RWD will use the 5 bolt pattern and the AWD will use the 6 bolt pattern. Since BOTH of the Transits at the show were AWD models, they had the 6 bolt pattern wheels.
...and at least one of those two AWD models was SRW, correct?

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In the first picture above, the wheel in the center and the upper right hand use the 6 bolt pattern and these 2 wheels will be available for the AWD model....
Both of those two wheels in the SRW section sure look like dually wheels to me... and the dually wheels are only 6" wide (vs. 6.5" wide for normal SRW wheels).

The 6-on-180mm bolt pattern is really oddball (meaning OEM wheels are practically the only option), so I hope Ford won't equip the AWD models with dually wheels & the spacers normally used on the front of DRW models.

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