New Ford Trucks 2017 – Ford has a big plan for next month, starting with the disclosure of the Ford Explorer 2020 and Ford Mustang GT500 2020 in January, but what about the rest of the year? There is speculation that the new F-Series will debut, but what is actually planned by the Blue Oval and when does the Bronco come?
Early Friday, North American Production Communication Manager Mike Levine tweeted a list of vehicles that will be new this year. We already know about Explorer which debuted on January 9 at Ford Field in Detroit. We also already know about GT500, because it’s tempting to reveal around 2018 LA Auto Show.
New Ford Trucks 2017
What we don’t know is Escape, Transit, and the new Super Duty. Even though you can’t get a lot of information from Tweets with less than 280 characters, we can speculate some about what to expect from new models.
Starting with Super Duty, it’s important to remember that three-quarter-ton pickup trucks share regular taxis with the F-150. When Ford first introduced the 2015 F-150, and then Super Duty 2017, they confirmed that refreshment would come sooner because they had moved to the new architecture they were currently using. The general taxi further facilitates the update, making it easier for all F-150s to migrate to Super Duty.
There’s no way Super Duty will get a new engine option because the 6.2-liter V-8 and 6.7-liter diesel diesel strokes cover the entire customer needs, but some interior improvements are expected and some new technologies are likely to debut. Super Duty is really designed for working truck customers, even though they offer premium luxury trim for a rapidly growing customer base.
Remember, Ram started a new heavy duty this year, and GMC and Chevrolet have new HD trucks in the pipeline. Every truck manufacturer that makes a decent working truck will have a model that is updated this year.
Expect Transit updates to be minimal but important. Transit Connect has been updated for the 2019 model year and includes autonomous emergency braking standards. New technology and security features of Transit Connect are likely to be available on full-size commercial Transits.
The Escape is the bigger unknown. However, we can look to Edge for speculation, including a full Ford safety technology series called CoPilot 360. The updated EcoBoost four-cylinder engine is likely to be tapped, along with options for all front-wheel drive or wheels.
That still makes us somewhat in the dark about one major player that has been increasingly popular for several years: the Ford Bronco. Levine’s Tweet doesn’t mention the Bronco but Ford previously stated that it will debut in 2020 (calendar year, not vintage), so don’t go running to the dealer first. That being said, we certainly hope to catch a glimpse of the initial prototype or production model around 2019.