Definitely a "wait and see" situation, when they actually release the specs to the public I guess we'll get to pick it apart then... I'd love to see a 5 to 1 first gear ratio and some specs on the transfer case bias and torque capacity. Some options for something taller than a 3.31 axle ratio would be nice as well, it seems ridiculous that you can (currently) get a 3.7 with 4.10LS rear but can't do the same with the ecoboost, there's a bunch of folks who want both larger tires and still have the ability to tow.However, if it has a van has a true mechanical center clutch system that can decide what percentage of power to push where, and the rear has some sort of traction device (truck locker highly preferred but even LSD would help a lot), and the transmission has some really low gears, it could be good enough to not need a true low range system and perform quite well considering the platform and small tires. Here's to hoping!
I was wondering the same...maybe a torque bias viscous AWD / locked center diff selection?Looking at the photos, the Tcase has a electric shift motor, with 3 pin electrical connector. So maybe the AWD is selectable? I am still thinking viscous or electronic clutch for the front axle.
I wouldn't over think the price of diesel. There are MILLIONS, literally, of commercial trucks running on it in the U.S. alone (link below, there are many others to support it). It's not going to just shoot up like crazy at a certain point or the shelves at your local Walmart won't be stocked and that's when the real riots start. All that said, I don't want a diesel either and certainly wouldn't trust a new diesel from any light truck manufacturer. The Ecoboost is already a diesel......that runs on gas.The reason I have not gotten a sprinter is because I dont want diesel. Saw too many problems with the fuel in Baja making modern diesels have problems not to mention that the price of diesel is supposed to go way up compared to gasoline in 2020 when container ships will be mandated to use low sulfur diesel instead of bunker fuel.
Very well said. As someone that already has a rock crawling Wrangler, my use case for the van is something that can handle an unexpected slippery spot on a maintained forest road.There seems to be so much speculation about the AWD. From what I've read it'll be computer controlled
full time with selectable bias for conditions. I'll be happy if it's as good as what we have in our '15 Escape.
Sure it's not a hairy chested expo system people think they can fix with a rock but it works really well and is
totally adequate for on road use. The vast majority of the market isn't going rock crawling with these things.
That hole might be filled with the new Bronco.