Ford Introduces Two New Vans

Global Transit and redesigned Transit Connect set for late-year U.S. arrival

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Ford Motor Co.

DETROIT — The forthcoming 2014 Ford Transit and Transit Connect vans will offer buyers a variety of engine choices, body and cab options, and wheelbase lengths when the vehicles reach the market next year, the manufacturer announced.

The Transit will make its North American debut when the two vans arrive late this year, while the new Transit Connect expands its offerings beyond the single body style currently available. These moves reflect Ford’s commitment to commercial buyers, said Jim Farley, the company’s executive vice president for global marketing, sales and service.

“Commercial products are part of our DNA,” he told reporters here during an introductory event held at Ford Field, home of the National Football League’s Detroit Lions. “This is a really important, profitable part of our business, but it’s not just about sales numbers and profits. We partner with our commercial customers to develop these products.”

With the Transit, commercial buyers are being offered a van larger than the current E-series, which the Transit eventually will replace. Slated to make its North American debut late this year, the Transit will feature two gasoline-powered V-6 engines borrowed from Ford’s F-150 pickup line, along with a diesel borrowed from the company’s global operations.

Base power will come from a 3.7-liter, naturally aspirated V-6 that makes 302 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque in the F-150. A 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, which features twin turbochargers and direct fuel injection, also will be available.

That engine produces 365 hp and 420 pound-feet of torque in the F-150. Power ratings for the engines’ application in the Transit have not been finalized, Ford representatives said.

A 3.2-liter diesel sourced from Ford’s global operations also will be available. The turbocharged, in-line 5-cylinder engine features high-pressure common rail injection, dual overhead cams, a water-cooled exhaust gas recirculation system and four valves per cylinder, Ford engineers said.

Diesel-powered Transits will come equipped with a selective catalytic reduction system for compliance with federal emissions limits. The system’s diesel oxidation catalyst and diesel particulate filter are integrated into one compartment, Ford said.

The engine is expected to churn out close to the 197 hp/347 pound-feet of torque it produces in global applications, the company said. One transmission, a 6-speed automatic, will be available.

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