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2020 Ford Transit Now Shipping Exclusively With 10-Speed Automatic Transmission

2020 Ford Transit
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These days, Ford uses its new 10-speed automatic transmission in all sorts of different vehicles, from the Ford F-150 to the Ford Mustang and many in between. And now we can add the 2020 Ford Transit to that list.

In the Transit, the new 10-speed replaces the old six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission available previously, no matter which powertrain buyers choose to mate it to, and no matter the market/region – whether in North America, Europe, or elsewhere.

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Ford’s new 10-speed automatic transmission offers the ideal solution for applications where automatics are preferred for their ease-of-use and convenience, such as higher weight conversions including grocery delivery vans, emergency response vehicles, and motorhomes, as well as Ford’s popular factory-built 15 seat and 18 seat Transit minibuses.

The 10-speed makes perfect sense for use in the Transit, as it’s designed to minimize fuel costs for owners and operators by using a broader spread of ratios that allows engines to operate at peak efficiency. The transmission has also undergone intensive performance and durability testing to ensure suitability for heavy-duty use in commercial vehicles that operate at high weights, tow frequently, and have high-intensity work schedules.

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The Ford 10-speed transmission is designed to help engines operate as close to peak efficiency as possible, while delivering a more responsive driving experience. Real-time adaptive shift scheduling allows the transmission to adapt to changing conditions, enabling the optimum gear selection for performance, fuel efficiency, or refinement in any driving scenario.

Another benefit to commercial customers is the 10-speed’s patented low-viscosity transmission fluid that reduces internal friction, further enhancing fuel efficiency and reducing component wear as well as eliminating the need for scheduled fluid changes.

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In North America, the 2020 Ford Transit is available with three different engines:

  • Naturally-aspirated Ford 3.5L Duratec 35 gasoline V6 rated at 275 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque
  • Twin-turbocharged Ford 3.5L EcoBoost gasoline V6 rated at 310 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque
  • Turbocharged Ford 2.0L EcoBlue diesel engine rated at 168 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque

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Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. I’m an automatic transmission stalwart so as long as I don’t have to shift myself, no problem.
    I just have to wonder if that many speeds is really necessary. My ‘04 GRAND MARQUIS had 4 speeds and it seems to be just fine. I suspect if they still built it, it would have had at least 6 speeds.

    • It’s about ratio variety to keep the engine in its powerband sweet spot. Kind of similar to why CVTs are so popular. During normal driving you won’t feel it engage all 10 gears, but will call on them as needed depending on the conditions.

  2. I’m guessing the 10 speed is working out well in the F Series Trucks, or they would not be introducing it here too.

  3. Good points. Think of it as a modern version of the DYNAFLOW. 🙂
    I recently rented a CHEVROLET COLORADO for day with the 8 speed and I could hardly feel it shift. Nice!!

  4. It’s a fantastic trans. In most drives it skips gears in stop & go, but as performance is demanded it provides much better response, not to mention the improved gas economy from having three overdrive ratio’s in 8th, 9th and 10th gears.

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