2019 Work Truck Show: Ford Upgrades Vehicle Engines, Technology

March 05, 2019 by Chad Kirchner

Ford Motor Co. Tuesday unveiled updates to its entire lineup of commercial vehicles, including its Transit van, chassis cab lineup and medium-duty trucks at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Here’s a roundup of the major changes.

2020 Ford Transit

2020 Ford Transit

The 2020 Ford Transit (Photo: Ford)

For 2020, the Transit receives a host of updates to both modernize it and improve its competitiveness in the market. Its biggest competitor, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, offers four-wheel drive as an option. The new 2020 Ford Transit will get an optional all-wheel drive system.

Two new engines are available on the new Transit. The first is an updated 3.5-liter direct injection V-6, which will function as the base engine. An updated 3.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine – the same used in the Ford F-150 pickup truck – is another option. The 3.2-liter diesel is replaced with a 2.0-liter bi-turbo unit. A 10-speed automatic transmission becomes standard.

New technology and safety equipment also will be part of the upgraded van. Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection becomes standard on all models. Also, a lane-keeping system and auto high-beam headlights are standard. Optional CoPilot 360 includes blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control.

2020 Ford F-600

2020 Ford F-600

The 2020 Ford F-600 (Photo: Ford)

Ford is introducing a new chassis cab truck to its lineup that will be slotted just below the F-650 Class 6 truck. The F-600 has much of the capability benefits of the F-650, including a 22,000-pound Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, packaged in a smaller, more maneuverable truck.

The new F-600 will be available with Ford’s new 7.3-liter gasoline V-8 or a 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbocharged V-8. Ford hasn’t released power or torque figures for the engines. The F-600 will be available in rear-wheel- or four-wheel-drive configurations. Both engines are equipped with Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission.

Lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control and auto high beams are optional on the F-600. Traction control, hill-start assist and automatic headlights are standard.

2021 F-650 and F-750

2018 Ford F-650

A 2018 Ford F-650. For 2020, the F-650 and F-750 will have a standard V-8 engine to replace the current model’s V10. (Photo: Ford)

The F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks will get updates for the 2021 model year. They will have the 7.3-liter V-8 engine as standard, replacing the outgoing 10-cylinder unit. The new engine makes more power and torque than the V-10 while being less expensive to maintain.

An updated version of the 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel will be optional. Ford hasn’t announced performance figures, but the new engine has bigger turbos and stronger internals, so it should be an improvement over the previous engine.

Elements of Ford’s CoPilot 360 automated safety suite will become available on the 2021 F-650 and F-750 models. These include traction control, hill-start assist and automatic headlamps. Optional extras include electronic stability control, lane-departure warning, a driver-alert system and adaptive cruise control. Many of these features aren’t offered by competitive trucks.

“For 34 years, Ford has consistently sold more commercial vehicles every year than any other manufacturer because we listen to our customers then get to work developing the products and technologies they need,” said Mark Buzzell, Ford director of fleet, lease and remarketing operations.

All of Ford’s commercial vehicles are updated to offer 4G LTE Wi-Fi and available Ford Telematics and Data Services for fleet management to improve reliability and reduce overall operating costs.

2020 E-Series Cutaway Van

2018 Ford E-Series cutaway

A 2018 Ford E-Series cutaway van. Ford will continue to produce the E-Series. New versions will have a new instrument panel and more changes. (Photo: Ford)

Even with the improvements to the Transit, Ford hasn’t abandoned the E-Series cutaway van. New versions of the van get an updated interior with a new instrument cluster, steering wheel and a new radio with USB and Bluetooth connectivity.

Additionally, the E-Series receives a new upfitter interface module makes it easier for the customer to control upfits installed to the vehicle.

Customers can also choose between two unique engine calibrations for the 7.3-liter gas V-8 for their needs. The new E-Series has a best-in-class GVWR of 14,500 pounds.

2020 F-53 and F-59 Stripped Chassis

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Finally, the F-53 and F-59 stripped chassis models – trucks often converted to walk-in vans and motorhomes – get updates to make them easier to drive. A new instrument cluster and updated electrical systems are also on board.

The new Transit will go on sale this fall. The new F-600 will be available to order next year for a midyear delivery. The production of 2021 F-650 and F-750 trucks starts in January 2020.

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3 Responses

  1. kevin l mccune

    Leave the base V6 trucks on the Dealers lot, nobody will be satisfied with their lack of power and economy.( not to mention their outrageous price)


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