Ford has committed to replacing the E-Series wagon and van inNorth Americawith the Transit commercial vehicle; and unlike the hulking vans from yesteryear, Transit will benefit from the latest EcoBoost technology.
For has announced the rear-wheel drive vehicle will debut with the award-winning, fuel-efficient 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6, recently introduced in the F-Series pickups, to give it a 25% advantage in fuel economy over the E-Series (with the help of a 136 kg edge in bulk). The end result will be savings of $1,000s in operating costs, says Ford.
“The new Ford Transit commercial van will deliver all the capability and capacity that customers get with today’s E-Series, but with the bonus of improved fuel economy and potentially lower operating costs thanks to its available EcoBoost engine,” said Tim Stoehr, Ford Commercial Truck Marketing manager. “This engine has revolutionized the half-ton pickup segment for F-150 and we’re expecting it will have the same effect on commercial vans.”
The direct injected 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 had a successful launch, exceeding 100,000 sales in less than one year on the market and accounting for more than 40% of F-150 retail sales.