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Old 08-19-2012, 07:28 AM
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Interesting article on Ford's new Transit Van

Spied: All-New Rear-Drive Transit on Course to Replace E-Series - PickupTrucks.com News

The van will reportedly come with the 3.5L Ecoboost or a turbo diesel. The article fails to give any details on the diesel.

Anyone have any insight or other knowledge of this well kept secret?
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Sorry, I know nothing, but the article was more interesting than I thought it might be -- as were some of the comments.

Two areas commented on were especially interesting
- several mentions of small tires .
- one fellow claimed that Dodge's Euro (Mercedes) influenced Sprinter tanked their van sales. Hope that it's just a mopar thing.

Also, I spotted the dreaded 'Design Language' term. I've always thought of it as a vague fluff term used by the Cool People to show that they're cool.

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Two areas commented on were especially interesting
- several mentions of small tires .
- one fellow claimed that Dodge's Euro (Mercedes) influenced Sprinter tanked their van sales. Hope that it's just a mopar thing.
Large wheels are fashion statement and these are strictly work vehicles. Smaller diameter tires mean smaller wheelhousings = more interior space and footroom for the driver.

The Sprinter was a lot more expensive than the Ram Van. If Ford prices the Transit similarly high compared to the Econoline the same thing will happen. GM's Express/Savanna will take most of the market share. US assembly and a gasoline engine as standard will hopefully keep the price in line.

Now that Fiat owns Chrysler, I would expect a Fiat-based Ram Van as well.
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Anyone have any insight or other knowledge of this well kept secret?
Not that much of a secret. The van in the photo is a preproduction, not full production spec, model built in Dearborn. Kansas City assembly is completing a massive retool to start building these. Production prototype builds start next spring.
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Not that much of a secret. The van in the photo is a preproduction, not full production spec, model built in Dearborn. Kansas City assembly is completing a massive retool to start building these. Production prototype builds start next spring.

I was referring to which diesel engine will be used as the article didn't say.
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I was referring to which diesel engine will be used as the article didn't say.
I heard they are looking at several options including the 3.2 liter 5 cylinder diesel they sell in the Ranger overseas. I really am hoping for that one. I'd like to see it offered in the F150 in the future.
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