Transit from E-Series: A Look into the New Ford Transit Vans

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When Ford announced that the E-Series vans were to stop production and be replaced by the European built Transit, many wondered if it was going to be as capable. With three different engines, three different roof heights, and three different cargo capacities; E-Series fans and users have nothing to worry about. The Transit will feature more capability, better fuel economy, and will also feature the new 3.2 liter Power Stroke Diesel!


European Ford fans have been very well versed in what the Ford Transit is capable of. From hauling cargo, passengers, and even an exhibition racer version; there hasn’t been a van that has shown more capabilities and uses than the Ford Transit. Now, Ford’s US customers will be introduced to the Transit and the first thing they will be shocked by is its very non-truck like design. However, that’s only the surface as it is still a front-engine, rear-wheel drive configuration with a real chassis under it.

The three choices of engines will be the standard 3.7 liter V6, the EcoBoost 3.5 liter V6, and the all new for North America 3.2 liter Power Stroke Diesel I5. We’re already well versed in the 3.7 liter V6 and the EcoBoost 3.5 liter, but the Power Stroke 3.2 liter I5 will be new for us. However, the 3.2 liter has been around since 2006 and known as the Duratorq TDCi. It’s based off of W-series Mazda commercial diesel engine design. It’s used in the overseas Ford Ranger along with the Transit and Everest. It uses a Variable Geometry Turbo, a combined Diesel Particulate and Oxidation Catalyst, uses DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid), and has a liquid cooled EGR. We’ll look more into the Power Stroke 3.2 I5 in another article.

Thanks to its choice of engines, the Select Shift 6-speed transmission behind all engines, and chassis design the Transit will have a maximum towing capacity of 7,500 lbs. It will also have a payload capacity of 4,650 lbs, which will be about a 600 lbs increase over the outgoing E-Series. There will be a Heavy Duty package for towing along with the option for dual rear wheels.


The biggest change versus the E-Series is the new selections in roof height and chassis length. The Low Roof model will have a height of 83.6 inches while the interior will have a ceiling of 56.9 inches. The Medium Roof will be 100.8 inches tall with a ceiling of 72.0 inches and the high roof is 110.1 inches tall and a ceiling of 81.5 inches. The standard wheelbase is 129.9 inches while the long wheelbase is 147.6 inches and will offer two extended rear cargo lengths. This will also allow for 8, 10, 12, or 15 passenger options for occupancy.

To aid with cargo and passenger ingress/egress, there will be two sliding doors on each side along with either 180 or 270-degree opening rear cargo doors. Inside, the driver will have a contemporarily designed cockpit with Crew Chief fleet telematics, SYNC with MyFord Touch controls, and the MyKey speed and audio system volume programmability. To assist with backing up or hitching up a trailer, a rear view camera with trailer hitch assist is installed in the rear doors.

The new Transit is shaping up to be a very capable and worthy replacement to the old E-Series. However, will those owners be able to get past the European looks of the Transit or will the features and capabilities outweigh the looks?

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Justin Banner is a regular contributor to LS1Tech and JK Forum, among other auto sites.

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