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Complete Ford display and the AWD System on the Transit

Ford had a nice looking display of the AWD System for the Ford Transit. They lady over Powertrain Systems for Ford explained all of the workings on it to me and we went over all the detailed parts that were highlighted in the display.

The first picture was part of the Ford presentation on ALL of the NEW changes in the Ford Truck Division with Transit just being one part of it.

The rest of the pictures are from the display of the AWD System on the Ford Transit.

The Orange driveshaft was shortened to just show the connection between back of the Transfer Case and the Rear Axle assembly.

The Silver case is the NEW 10 Speed Transmission that is NOW STANDARD on ALL Transit models.

The engine displayed with this AWD setup was the 3.5L V-6 engine that is replacing the 3.7L engine.

The Long Blue bracing is part of the support for the linkup of the front to rear drive system for the AWD. Without this bracing, there would be too much flexing in the distribution of the power between the front and rear drivelines.
 

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Here are some pictures of the CrewCab seating option that was on the 2020 T-250 Transit van.

BOTH the cloth and leather materials have been changed for the 2020 model.

The CrewCab and CrewVan models will have their own body codes so you won't be able to get BOTH seating arrangements together from the factory.
 

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The Instrument Panel is ALL NEW with changes in the Instrument Cluster, Audio System (that looks to be similar to the Ford EcoSport). BOTH ends of the Instrument Panel with relocated cup holders. Other changes in the upper portion of the dash towards the windshield that are different from prior models.
 

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More 2020 Transit information fro the display boards.
 

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Here are the displays for the 2 NEW available engines!!
 

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The 3.5L EcoBoost engine UNCHANGED from 2019 and prior. The change to the 2nd Generation 3.5L may be coming in 2021 according to the information I got from the Powertrain Group
 

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One mentioned option that was kept hidden and not shown BUT was there was the Power Sliding Side Door. I knew what the mechanism would look like from the Continental Group who designed it for the European model and had a prototype of it at their State Fair of Texas display 2 years ago. It was on the 2020 T-250 cargo van that was there.
 

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The CrewVan was one of the display vehicles that was planned to be at the show but delays in the final finish kept it from being in the show. They did show a picture of it on the presentation screen.

Note this one has the pop-out second row windows that up to now were only available on the passenger van.
 

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For you guys wondering about how Ford looks at the upfitted 4x4 models made by Quigley and QuadVans. Through the Powertrain Group, they look at the 4x4 model to be a more heavy use vehicle that would be used in the mountains and for offroad applications. On the presentation screen, they only showed the AWD in normal road conditions and in a few pictures in the snow.
 

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Did they talk about how the system is able to transfer 100 percent of torque forwards? I was already operating under the assumption that it's more like the AWD you see in crossovers. Mainly meant for inclement weather or forest roads. For me personally, I can't fit a van anywhere that would require more than that, but for those who are really venturing off the beaten path, they are still going to want a true 4wd setup IMHO.
 

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One thing that I have shown on the forum when adding running boards to your Transit is the new panels that were made back in 2018 when the Extended Length Running Boards were added as a option and Ford created a flatten panel in the area of the front doors and the slider. You can order these panels from Ford and add to your current Transit to give you better footing on your running boards.

NOW........Ford decided to make this easier when you add running boards to your 2020 Transit. AND......I have talked to them about having the Extended Length Running Boards setup as a over-the-counter accessories option so you can order it from your Ford Parts Department and ALL of the parts to install it come together and at a reduced cost from CURRENTLY having to order it by separate parts that make up the complete running board setup
 

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It has the metal looking flex coupling that you see in the picture. I wanted to actually get under the T-350HD AWD passenger van in the display area and take actual pictures from under it but with people walking all around the area I was afraid I might get stepped on.
 

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As part of the NEW Audio Systems in the Transit, you can NOW get 4G LITE Wifi as a option. A lot of the Audio Systems in the Transit are currently in the Ford EcoSport.
 

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We should really make a awd/4wd thread...
Did they talk about how the system is able to transfer 100 percent of torque forwards? I was already operating under the assumption that it's more like the AWD you see in crossovers. Mainly meant for inclement weather or forest roads. For me personally, I can't fit a van anywhere that would require more than that, but for those who are really venturing off the beaten path, they are still going to want a true 4wd setup IMHO.
This is definitely of interest to me. I see both sides of the arguement and the natural inclination is to lean towards the 4x4 for durability and the low range for offroad. Ignoring low range for now...

When you step back and think about it, durability of the drivetrain offroad is really defined by the input/output torque design limits of all rotating components. There is some rotational windup/torsional springing of driveshafts and axleshafts which lessens shock loading, but for the most part engine torque output to transmission, multiplied by trans (1st gear is highest) is then further multiplied by the diff ratio and transferred to the tire contact patch (rolling radius of tire at psi).

This Awd system is designed to see 400 ft.lbf input from the ecoboost 3.5 on road in a high traction situation.
It is also shared with the explorer which gets a 360 hp ecoboost and an ST version that gets 400 plus supposedly.

Offroad in difficult situations you may use a small fraction of that input torque leaving the rest of the system's strength to absorb torque and shock loads imparted to the tires (wedged, hopping etc).

Basically the awd system has to be more robust in design to handle on road max engine input therefore low engine input situations offroad leave a lot of strength capability left in the drivetrain for tire force inputs. It's not a frail system of it is behind a 400 ft.lbf engine, it cant be.

The lack of low range would seam to be the only drawback to capability.

Are they CV driveshaft couplers? The offset of the yoke from the center under high angle misalignment would lead me to believe they were?
 

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Since I got to meet some of the Ford people connected with the Powertrain Group, I may be able to get more information about the AWD system above what information is given out on the internet. There is NO published information as far as literature yet on the 2020 Transit. I did actually see one printed copy of the 2020 Ford Transit Order Guide and it looks to be over 40 pages. The current 2019 Ford Transit Order Guide on the Matt Ford site is 30 pages so the added pages may have to do with the added AWD, CrewCab, and CrewVan options added for the 2020 model.
 

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You can already have input from the Transit owners who have went the route of ordering and receiving their Quigley or QuadVans 4x4 Transit. It will take some time getting information from Ford about ALL the details on the 2020 Ford Transit AWD. I will try and get one of the Ford Powertrain Group members to get me some information I can pass on via the forum.
 

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Are they CV driveshaft couplers? The offset of the yoke from the center under high angle misalignment would lead me to believe they were?
CVM said in post #13 that it's a silver painted rubber guibo up front.

The high angle is from the drastically shortened wheelbase in a demonstration model. The drivetrain shown fits a Honda Civic.
 
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