In case you’ve been contemplating wading into the world of cargo van overlanding, adventuring, pretending, and even residing full-time, and also you wished 4WD or AWD, you’ve most likely been pricing an eye-wateringly costly Mercedes/Freightliner/Dodge Sprinter. That’s just about the one choice proper off the lot. Or there’s additionally been the potential of shopping for a cargo van from one other producer and going the costly aftermarket four×four conversion.
However Ford has, properly, seemed round and realized that Mercedes is constructing four×four Sprinters so quick it might barely sustain, and determined to throw their hat in that very fashionable ring. Beginning subsequent 12 months, Ford will promote their common Transit vans (the decision them vanwagons) with a strong AWD system—the identical drivetrain obtainable on the off-road-ish capably Explorer—in the US. European adventurers have had entry to Transits with AWD for some time now.
The vans will nonetheless be predominately rear-wheel-drive, however when wanted all 100 % of created torque may be directed to the entrance wheels. Not like the Sprinter, the AWD Transit vans can have the identical trip peak as their strictly 2WD variations. The Sprinter additionally has true 4WD with selectable low vary gearing; the Transit is only a computer-controlled AWD system that sends energy to the wheels with essentially the most traction. Although the Transit will supply a diesel choice, the AWD system is strictly gasoline solely. So, in order for you diesel and 4WD/AWD, it’s important to go for the Sprinter.
The place the Transit could higher compete is in value. A base, diesel 4WD Sprinter begins at roughly $55ok, relying on wheelbase choices. Pricing for the AWD Transit isn’t but obtainable, however a high-roof, prolonged wheelbase Transit geared up with a restricted slip rear differential runs roughly $45ok, and that’s close to the priciest mannequin. Determine one thing comparable for the bottom mannequin with AWD, and these are simply back-of-the-napkin calculations, and it’s potential the Transit AWD might are available in someplace round $10ok lower than a Sprinter. Possibly.
The Transit may even embody WiFi, and, my favourite, swiveling ahead seats are an choice. Far as I’m involved, actual vans have swiveling seats.
Search for extra particulars within the coming months. Ford says these new Transits can be obtainable within the fall.
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