Ford has big plans for next month, starting with revealing 2020 Ford Explorer and 2020 Ford Mustang GT500 in January, but what about the rest of the year? There is speculation that a new F-series will debut, but what has Blue Oval actually planned and when does Bronco come?
Friday morning, Ford's North America Production Communications Manager Mike Levine tweeted a list of vehicles that will be new this year to come.
We already know about the Explorer debut on January 9 at the Ford Field in Detroit. We already knew about the GT500 when it was plagued for a disclosure around the 201
What we didn't know is the upcoming Escape, Transit and New Super Duty. Although you can't get much information from a Tweet with less than 280 characters, we can speculate on what to expect from the new models.
From Super Duty it is important to remember that three-quarters of a ton of truck picks up a common cab with the F-150. When Ford first introduced the 2015 F-150 and then the 2017 Super Duty, they made it clear that updates would come before they moved to the new architecture they are on. The common cab makes it easier for these upgrades to make it easy for everything the F-150 is transferred to Super Duty.
Super Duty is unlikely to get new engine options because 6.2 liters of petrol V-8 and 6.7 liters of Power Stroke diesel cover the spectrum of customer needs, but some interior upgrades are expected and some new technologies are likely to debut . Super Duty is really designed for a truck customer, even though they offer premium luxury trimmer for their fast growing customer base.
Remember, Ram is debuting a new Heavy Duty this year, and both GMC and Chevrolet have new HD trucks in the pipeline. Every truck manufacturer who builds a proper work car will have an updated model this year.
Expect the Transit updates to be minimal but important. Transit Connect was updated for the 2019 model year and includes autonomous emergency brake standard. The new technology and security features of Transit Connect will probably be available on the full commercial Transit.
The Escape is the bigger unknown. We can look to the Edge for speculation, even though it includes Ford's complete technology suite of technology called CoPilot 360. Updated EcoBoost four-cylinder engines are probably in print, along with the option of either front or all-wheel drive.  It still gives us something in the dark about a big player that has grown in popularity for several years: the Ford Bronco. Levine's tweet did not mention the Bronco, but Ford earlier stated that it will debut in 2020 (calendar year, not year model), so do not go to the dealer yet. That said, we certainly hope to catch a glimpse of a prototype or early production model once in 2019.