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2015 Ford Transit offers up to 46% better fuel economy than the old E-Series. Click to enlarge.

The all-new 2015 Ford Transit delivers as much as 46% better fuel economy than Ford E-Series. Transit goes on sale for the first time at US and Canadian dealerships this summer, eventually replacing the E-Series—the best-selling van for 35 years, first sold in 1961 as Ford Econoline.

Transit comes standard with a 3.7-liter V6 engine, and customers also can choose from an available 3.5-liter EcoBoost or 3.2-liter Power Stroke diesel. When equipped with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, 2015 Transit low- and medium-roof regular wheelbase wagons deliver a 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway EPA-estimated rating (16.8 and 12.4 l/100 km).

That reflects an improvement of as much as 46% compared with the 10 mpg city/13 mpg highway EPA-estimated rating for the Ford E-Series 6.8-liter V10 premium gas engine. The improved gas mileage translates to fuel savings as high as $1,700 annually, based on EPA data.

Transit low- and medium-roof regular wheelbase wagons with the standard 3.7-liter V6 also get a 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway EPA-estimated rating—up to 19% better than the 13 mpg city/16 mpg EPA-estimated rating for the E-Series 4.6-liter V8 standard gas engine. Fuel savings for customers could be as much as $650 a year, according to EPA estimates.

The 3.2-liter Power Stroke diesel available on Transit is not EPA-rated.

Transit has sold more than 7 million units worldwide since being introduced in Europe in 1965. Ford has been the best-selling commercial vehicle brand in the United Kingdom for nearly 50 years and Transit is the recipient of two International Van of the Year awards.

The proven 3.5-liter EcoBoost available for Ford Transit offers a gas engine torque rating of 400 lb-ft (542 N·m)—best in class among full-size vans—making Transit an excellent choice for those whose work requires extra cargo-hauling capability. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine’s low-end torque and 310 horsepower result from its suite of technologies including direct injection and twin turbocharging.

The available 3.2-liter Power Stroke five-cylinder diesel engine provides 90% of its 350 lb-ft (475 N·m) peak torque from 1,500 to 2,750 rpm. Quick-start glow plugs offer fast startups at temperatures as low as 10 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. A variable geometry turbocharger helps deliver quick power.

Transit van delivers as much as 4,650 pounds (2,109 kg) of maximum payload capacity—more than competing vans from General Motors and Chrysler, Ford notes. Maximum payload increases at least 600 pounds (272 kg) across all sizes of Transit vans versus comparable E-Series vans. Transit delivers a maximum towing capacity of 7,500 pounds (3,175 kg).


Towing and hauling are made easy by the standard six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission. It features selectable tow/haul mode to compensate for grade and load, while also reducing gear hunting when towing or hauling heavy cargo.

A compressed natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas prep package is available on Transit when equipped with the 3.7-liter V6 engine.

The all-new unibody structure makes extensive use of boron steel for weight savings, improved torsional stiffness and long-term durability. Transit was tested for more than 7 million customer-equivalent miles at Ford proving grounds and in the hands of real-world fleet customers in North America.

The 3.5-liter EcoBoost and 3.7-liter V6 engines have been proven in more than 700,000 Ford F-150 trucks since 2011.

The globally proven 3.2-liter Power Stroke diesel engine underwent more than 4,000 hours of rigorous dynamometer testing specifically for Transit. Testing included running at maximum engine power for 750 hours (the equivalent of 14 nonstop round trips from New York to Los Angeles) simulating 10 years’ service across 150,000 miles, and in environments with temperatures of -40 ˚F (-40 ˚C) and altitudes of more than 14,500 feet (4,420 m).

To simulate the heavy use fleet and commercial customers put their vans through, Ford testers opened and slammed Transit doors 250,000 times—nearly three times more than for a car.

Transit customers can add smart technology, including available Crew Chief telematics to help track service and mileage costs and MyKey to help encourage safer driving. An available lane-keeping alert system detects lane markings with a forward-facing camera and vibrates the steering wheel to help alert drivers to steer back toward the center of the lane.



A PHEV version with a much smaller (1.5L to 2.0L) up to date ICEV could do much better.


I am surprised that the Transit wasn't bought to the North American market earlier. A van powered by a 6.8L V10 is just ridiculous. I was also surprised to find out recently that the Frontier and Tacoma are the only compact pickups you have in your market which are far from the best product out there in that segment. Seeing this story on the Transit and with GM bringing the Colorado/Canyon twins, RAMs new Ecodiesel etc I think the domestic manufacturers are realising they really need to step up to mark with economical work vehicles if they want to keep their 25% trade tariff protection barrier in future. I'm pretty sure this barrier applies to vans as well doesn't it?

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