Most of the time our spy shots reveal the sexy new lines of the latest sports car or some subtle curves that hint at the new direction for a midsize sedan. Today things are a little different. Boxier, more van-like. Yet the forthcoming 2013 Ford Transit our spy shooters captured roaming the streets of Detroit is unlike any cargo van Americans have ever known.

For the first time, Ford has deemed us worthy of getting a version of its European workhorse. If you've been following the drama, the venerable E-Series van is slated for the long walk into the sunset. That's right, millions of plumbers, delivery guys, shuttle bus drivers and even a few shag-carpet-loving conversion van aficionados are going to have to learn to love a new mistress.

Ford has hinted that the American version of the Transit will be truckier than the curvy European version previewed by the Transit Tourneo Custom Concept. Expect it to look like a cross between the European model and an F-150. Ford has said the van will be powered by a version of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost that's already under the hood of the F-150, and that there will be a diesel variant as well.

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      Titanium Welders
      • 2 Years Ago
      is it just me or do those wheels and tires look WAY to small for that thing? They keep the price in line or even cheaper then the E series and they're gonna sell a ton of them.
        Paul P.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Titanium Welders
        I agree, the wheels/tires look way out of proportion. Not sure if it's because it's a high-roof or they're just unusually small compared to what we're used to seeing.
          Autoholics Anonymous
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Paul P.
          I believe it is because that van is just really large. The Sprinters and some other vans have the same visual disproportions due to the vehicles size.
      Ashton
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good, I'm a electrician, and most electrical vans are the E-series style, but ours are cube vans. Which are great for space, but chug down the gas, and break down a lot. I'm not a fan of the normal vans because they are a little too small. But these look good, much like the Benz ones...but hopefully a much smaller price tag.
      Paul P.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is that the fuel and urea fillers right by the driver's door? If so, very interesting placement. While no doubt good for upfitters, I'd worry about excess fumes entering the cab during filling. Either way, I can't wait to see the finished version. We've got a fleet of 7.3L diesel E350s that are in need of replacing and hopefully the Transit/T-series will be perfect. I'm thinking a T350 diesel with a low roof would work just fine. Only thing I'm worried about is the towing. I might have to get a pickup too if it can't tow at least 8,000lbs.
        wilkegm
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Paul P.
        If we get it, that 5cyl has just about the same HP and TQ that the old 7.3 has. The VW Transporter has had the filler there forever, as well. Makes it nice to be able to nose into a pair of close pumps, rather than backing in. I never noticed any fuel smells from filling when I drove a VW T4.
      Jason Krumvieda
      • 2 Years Ago
      Would have been funnier if they disguised it with a moving billboard. I think it could be a bit taller.
      fomocoroach
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hate to see the Econoline go, but my reason is I've been building Econolines for 20yrs. now, at Fords Ohio Assembly Plant. I wouldn't mind as much if we were going to get the Transit, but nope it's going to Kansas City. People may not believe this bit OHAP has been Fords highest quality plant for the past few yrs. or more. But they are telling us we will keep building the E-350-450 cutaway models, which most become box trucks or RV's. Plus a couple different stripped chassis, and the F-650-750. But we'll see.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      So beautiful it brought a silent tear to my eye.
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is excellent news, if it drives anything like our 2011 Sprinter, it will sell very well with the diesel option. Can't beat 12 passenger seating and 24mpg highway.
      Saint Zero
      • 2 Years Ago
      Long walk into the sunset? More like "Capped in the back of the head".
      tallkid98
      • 2 Years Ago
      I spotted an uncovered one last week in Bullhead, AZ about an hour away from Ford proving grounds. I didn't even think to snap a pic. Nice rig, but I am curious how it will compare to my 05 Sprinter 2500.
        The_Zachalope
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tallkid98
        My guess is it won't rust out in 2 years, and parts will be more available than on the Sprinters.
      Dark Gnat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Form is definitely following function.
      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      European version looks so much better than that elaphantitis stricken lepper of a van. Then again, the Euro version shown doesn't have the brain tumor on top or steel wheels or other craptasticness they slapped on to try and hide the lines a bit, so lets hope for the best.
      peakarach1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Holy ****!
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