Ford Transit Van With EcoBoost V-6 To Replace Aged E-Series

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Outline of Ford Transit full-size van, coming to U.S. in 2013, with 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine

Outline of Ford Transit full-size van, coming to U.S. in 2013, with 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine

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Ford has been dropping hints since December about the Ford Transit van that will replace its ancient E-Series van, still referred to by many as the Econoline.

Now the company has released a bit more information.

The Ford Transit full-size van that will be introduced next year will use a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine rather than the larger V-8 offered in the current E-Series, and will be rear-wheel drive like the current van.

The engine for the new Transit will be a variation of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 that's now offered in several different large vehicles from Ford and Lincoln.

Those include the Lincoln MKS sedan and MKZ crossover, the Ford Flex crossover, the Ford Taurus SHO performance sedan, and the Ford F-150 pickup truck.

The V-6 EcoBoost option has been an unexpected success in the F-150, and the company says that more than 40 percent of new F-150s are now sold with the engine.

And that's in a line of trucks that offered no V-6 at all as recently as two years ago.

Ford Transit Van, high-roof European model

Ford Transit Van, high-roof European model

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Ford says the Transit van coming in 2013 will be 300 pounds lighter and get gas mileage ratings at least 25 percent higher than today's E-Series vans, cutting both CO2 emissions and customer costs accordingly.

Ford will build the new Transit at its Kansas City truck plant, where the F-150 pickup is already assembled.


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Comments (3)
  1. This is great news. The old 5.4L V8 is weak and thirsty, and even the new 5.0L V8 is inferior to the 3.5L V6 EcoBoost. With a little luck Ford will do the same for the Expedition/Navigator (it would be better if Ford just discontinued the latter two, but that's probably a bit naive on my part).

  2. 100% of transits sold in Europe (its been on sale there since 1965)are turbodiesel. It offered with a 138hp/283ft-lb 2.2L with stop-start and a dpf in RWD. Do van drivers in the US not care about MPG and more about 0-60 and top speed?

  3. @Stiofan: Both petrol and diesel are considerably less expensive here in the States than elsewhere in the world, so cost savings are lower. Diesels must meet much more stringent emissions regulations here in the States, so they cost more to certify for sale. And diesel is usually at parity or more expensive than gasoline, so calculating the savings gets complicated--unlike those European countries in which it is heavily tax-advantaged, so cheaper per litre at the pump.

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