Ford's new 2020 lineup is one of the most innovative we have seen from any car company in some time. From better ways to haul cargo and work crews to a car that is neither street nor race legal, there's a little something for everyone. New engines, powertrains, driver assist technology, and body designs are just the tip of the iceberg. The venerable blue oval continues to reinvent itself and once again gain a foothold in the automotive industry.
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While it might not be exciting news to the muscle car set, Ford’s reentry to the full-size van market should be exciting news to families with kids and fleet managers across the country. For commercial buyers, there are three body lengths and heights and three drive train options, as well as one of the most easily integrated IT systems on the market. For the carpool crowd, there is room for four full rows of seating and one of the most comprehensive suits of safety features like adaptive cruise control and cross-traffic warning systems that can be had.
Just about everything about the 2020 F-600 is new, with its best feature being the wide variety of options that it offers to end-users. New interior, exterior, and trim are obvious changes, but this behemoth can be adapted to almost any need you may have. With a maximum GVWR of 22,000 lbs. it gives you class 6 capabilities in a class 5 size package. The F-600 can be had with a 7.3-liter V-8 hooked to a 10-speed transmission and packs more technology than Bill Gates' Livingroom. From helping you back your boat without getting the tires wet to tracking work hours, it does it all.
While it may not wear a blue oval, Lincoln is still a Ford Motor Company production, and it would be remiss if we didn’t give it a mention as the only surviving luxury sedan in the company’s lineup. The second batch of 80th Anniversary Continentals will be powered by a 400 horsepower 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 producing 400 pound-feet of torque and have an all-wheel drivetrain. Its wheelbase is expected to be six inches longer, allowing for greater rear-seat legroom and features a captain’s chair arrangement with center console in the backseat.
Shelby Mustangs have been at the top of pony car ranks for as long as the class has existed; after all, they are the ponies it was named after. For the 2020 model year, Ford will have two models in their Shelby series a GT-350 and a GT500. The two are very similar in their overall appearance but have some major differences where it counts. Both have a 5.2L Ti-VCT V8 with a flat plane crank, but the 500 is supercharged, and it enjoys a finer tuned suspension to help put that extra power on the road and keep it there.
The Ranger line of mid-sized pickups was one of Ford’s great success stories, which led to a lot of head-scratching when they dropped it back in 2012. Thankfully a measure of sanity has returned to the company along with this legendary truck. Coming with a 270 horsepower, 310 pound-feet producing 2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder the new Ranger will break the hearts of the competition with its 1,860-pound payload capacity, 7,500-pound towing capability and sticker prices running from a base of $24,500 to only $32,500 for a full dressed Lariat model.
Too big for a mid-size, too small for a full-size truck, the Explorer is the SUV that many never really had a reason for existing. That could be part of the reason it has taken nine years for Ford to get around to giving it a facelift. Not much has changed as far as the outer shell. It still looks like a dressed-down Lincoln Aviator but now comes with an optional 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, stiffer sport suspension, and perhaps laughably, a sport engine sound simulator that makes you feel like you’re going fast even though you’re still driving a Ford Explorer.
The culmination of thousands of hours of wind tunnel testing, engineers with a blank check, and the single mission of returning Ford to the racing glory it once knew resulted in an American supercar unlike any seen before. A 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 producing 647 horsepower nestled inside a tear dropped shaped carbon fiber body built on an aluminum skeleton that has been killing it on tracks including the coveted LeMans trophy around the world. Best of all, it is street legal and available as a factory-direct purchase from Ford Performance.
Those who find even the Ford GT a little too tame and have the deep pockets to buy anything they like can step up to the limited edition 2020 Ford GT MK II provided they are one of the first 45 to place an order. Built completely outside all the rules and regulations governing even race cars, these ponies feature a full-blown 700+ hp 3.5L twin-turbocharged EcoBoost engine, gearbox, oil, and clutch cooling system; and, provide well over 2G of lateral grip to whip it through the corners. Not road or race legal but all the car you could ever ask for.
Not a true Hybrid but what they are terming a mild-hybrid, the 2020 Ford F-150 will come with the standard choice of engines with a slight improvement of milage being provided by its electrical assist system. The greatest selling point we see in this new system is that it can be used as a portable generator when camping or working in remote locations.
If there was ever a vehicle in the Ford family with an identity crisis, it would have to be the flex. Is it an SUV minus the ground clearance, is it a high-topped station wagon? Is it a mini mini-van, is it a modern version of the venerable Ford Woody? If you figure it out, let us know because we have been scratching our heads for some time now. What we do know is it is going to be back in the new model year delivering the same anemic performance, sluggish handling, and gas-guzzling fuel economy that it is infamous for.
Ford’s largest SUV is also coming back for the new model year with few changes other than the unconfirmed possibility that it will receive the same mild-hybrid system as the F-150 and a slight rise in the price of both the standard and longer Max versions. With prices running from $52,000 for a base model to $76,000 for full-dressed Platinum Max, it is already overpriced compared to its more capable GM counterpart, which leads one to ask, why bother.
When you eliminate virtually every family car from your line, you need a vehicle to ease the pain of transitioning from sedan to SUV or risk losing a lot of customers. Enter the Ford Escape. Not quite a mid-size SUV and more than a regular car, it is the perfect inbetweener to help people who just have to drive a Ford over the hump. Equipped with a full suite of Ford's driver assistance and safety technology, available as a true hybrid, the Escape proves it is possible to be all things to all people.
Equipped with intelligent 4wd, Ford Co-Pilot360 Technology, and delivering close to 30 mpg fuel economy the EcoSport is the perfect commuter car or small family SUV. Ford still considers it a mid-size, but that’s just good marketing, and compact would be a more accurate description. With an MSRP starting at under $20,500, it is economical to buy as well as to drive, but some serious upgrades are available if you’re the type that just has to have mood lighting and a sunroof.
There haven't been a lot of details released as of yet, but it has been confirmed that the 2020 Bronco will once be available to Ford fans everywhere. We know more about what it’s not than what it is, so here is what is known. It won’t be the massive machines that once were or the little Harvester killers that it started out as. Instead, it will fall somewhere in between, and unlike most SUVs on the market today, it is not intended to be a family car on stilts but a true off-road vehicle. We can’t wait to get a little mud on the tires.