The redesigned 2014 Transit Connect isn't the only commercial van news coming out of Ford today. For heavy-duty haulers, the automaker has officially pulled back the cover on its larger Transit van, which will eventually replace the older-than-dirt E-Series here in the United States.

In both North America and Europe, Ford will offer the new Transit in a wide variety of body styles, incorporating both long and short wheelbases, as well as standard- and tall-roof variants. And as we've already learned, Ford will build the U.S.-spec Transit in Kansas City, Missouri, right alongside the F-150 pickup.

European customers will be able to choose between front-, rear-, and all-wheel-drive versions of the Transit, powered by Ford's 2.2-liter Duratorq TDCi diesel inline-four. In the United States, however, only rear-wheel drive will be offered, though in addition to a "powerful diesel option," we'll be able to spec our Transit models with Ford's tried-and-true 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6.

Like the smaller Transit Connect, Ford will launch the big daddy Transit near the end of 2013. Read the full details in the press release below.
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Ford Reveals All-New Global Transit and Transit Connect Commercial Vehicles at 'Go Further' Event

• Ford unveils its new generation of Transit commercial vehicles, developed on all-new global platforms for sale in Europe, North America and other worldwide markets

• Tough, functional and professional, the all-new Ford Transit brings a new level of capability and versatility to the medium commercial van market; it replaces the heavier two-tonne Transit in Europe and worldwide markets, and replaces the E-Series in North America

• Stylish all-new Ford Transit Connect delivers outstanding performance across load carrying ability, dependability and fuel economy, for a best-in-class cost of ownership package


AMSTERDAM, Sept. 6, 2012 – Ford today revealed a new generation of world-class Transit commercial vehicles at its "Go Further" event.

Developed under its "One Ford" global product strategy in Europe, the Ford Transit and Ford Transit Connect models will be sold in Europe, North America and other worldwide markets, with product ranges tailored to the needs of customers in each region.

"These new products will carry more, work harder, last longer, and cost our customers less to operate – just as Ford Transits have done for 47 years," said Barb Samardzich, vice president Product Development, Ford of Europe. "The unprecedented launch of two all-new Transit models will extend Ford's leadership in serving commercial vehicle customers around the world."

The introduction of the new generation Transit and Transit Connect models is a major step in Ford's commitment to completely redesign its entire commercial vehicle line-up for Europe by the end of 2013.

Using the latest global platforms, the two models highlight Ford's new approach to delivering the next generation of class-leading commercial vehicles to meet the needs of customers in all worldwide markets.

The new range builds on almost 50 years of experience in creating market-leading commercial vans and was engineered at Ford's Centre of Excellence for commercial vehicles in Europe; applying global product development resources.

The all-new Ford Transit replaces the heavier two-tonne Transit derivatives in Europe and other worldwide markets, and will eventually replace the popular Ford E-Series range in North America. Tough, functional and professional, new Transit brings new levels of capability and versatility to the medium commercial van market.

Offering a comprehensive range of body styles and derivatives, with multiple wheelbases, roof heights and new chassis cowl versions, all-new and more capable Transit is tailored to the needs of key worldwide markets.

For Europe, a full range of Transit bodystyles and derivatives, offering front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, will be powered by the latest 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel.

In North America, customers can choose from several engines, including the proven 3.5-litre EcoBoost or a powerful diesel option; each features rear-wheel drive and at least 25 percent better fuel economy than a comparable E-Series. Multiple roof heights and wheelbases will be available. North American Transit vans will be manufactured in Kansas City, alongside the Ford F-150.

The stylish all-new Ford Transit Connect will deliver new standards for the sub-one-tonne segment for load-carrying ability, cost of ownership and dependability.

Available in a choice of short and long wheelbase versions, the new Transit Connect will offer European and North American customers the most flexible and functional loadbox in the segment, with a host of innovative features to enhance everyday productivity.

Transit Connect features the latest low-CO2 powertrain technologies to deliver best-in-class fuel economy in all of its target markets. In Europe, the engine line-up will include highly-efficient downsized diesel and petrol engines, while the U.S. market will benefit from a tailored range of gasoline powertrains.

The new model has a stylish cockpit with car-like design and craftsmanship, and offers the latest Ford interior technologies and driver assistance features.

The Ford Transit brand has established a legendary reputation for toughness and dependability, and the new global Transit products have been engineered to extend that tradition. Both the all-new Transit and all-new Transit Connect have been subjected to Ford's ultra-stringent commercial vehicle testing and durability standards, covering millions of miles of arduous testing in laboratories, at proving grounds and on customer fleets.

"Our new global Ford Transit products will be totally fit for purpose," said Samardzich. "These are the strongest, most capable and most efficient commercial vans we have ever built – this is the start of a new chapter in the Transit success story."

In Europe, deliveries of the all-new Transit and Transit Connect are due to start by the end of 2013.

The two new global models join the Transit Custom in Ford's renewed commercial vehicle line-up for Europe. Targeting the one-tonne market, the all-new Transit Custom is now on sale across European markets. It will not be introduced in North America but will be launched in other selected other global markets later.


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      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Finally the antique E-Series gets axed.
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      While certainly not as pretty as I was hoping, this is will be very purposeful and a great alternative to the Sprinter. Our 2012 Sprinter is a big hit with the family and is constantly used as an excuse to get family and friends together for road trips and averages nearly 24mpg with 12 people on board. I'm so glad the diesel is coming, AWD would have been nice but this is a great consolation. The Transit will no doubt be efficient with the diesel and be much cheaper to buy compared to the Sprinter. Nicely done Ford, make sure you can give it similar upmarket options like Xenons/Heated Seats/Navi and I know it'll do well!
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not the comeliest thing on the road, but then again, what full size van is?
      throwback
      • 2 Years Ago
      The airport shuttle ride will be much more stylish next year.
      Hedo D
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just give us a diesel version in US
      Walt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Get used to looking at this, as you'll be seeing them everywhere as time goes on. In other words, if you bought it, a Ford brought it. Well done (as usual) Ford!
      Scr
      • 2 Years Ago
      I swear, Ford isn't even trying with their wheelcovers (hubcaps) anymore. Look at them ugly things, and the ones on the Focus make it look like a $5000 car. Cheap, cheap, cheap. This would be better with some sculpted steelies, same with the focus.
        Luke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Scr
        The ones you're referring to on the Focus are on the SFE model. They're not purchased for looks, either. Ford has some of the hottest looking wheels out there, just look at the Focus Titanium, the Flex with the Titanium Appearance Package, the new F150s, etc., etc.
      Spellchecker
      • 2 Years Ago
      I do not understand why Americans need a 3.5-l V6 gasoline engine in such a car (or why the Ford Econoline had like what - a single big block diesel engine option and a gazillion gas-guzzling V6, V8 and even V10 gasoline motors). This is a working vehicle. I would think that people/companies buying them are interested in keeping costs low. Even if fuel is cheap, those constant fill-ups add up... I remember when I worked for an MB dealership back in 2005 and how the Sprinter came with a gazillion diesel engine options and only ONE gasoline motor option (which NOBODY [and I mean NOBODY] bought). Basically, what I am trying to say is that the 2.2-l turbodiesel engine we get in Europe is suited to hauling around this car and anything it will transport. A few months ago I helped a buddy move stuff from his apartment to his studio and he rented a Citroen Jumper XXXL van with a base turbodiesel engine and 6-speed M/T. I got to drive this van to. We were transporting furniture, a lot of heavy photographic gear, a small 4x4 Quad etc. Let me tell you, the Jumper didn't feel sluggish or underpowered at all. There was even a small stretch of Autobahn we had to take and the Jumper eagerly accelerated to a decent speed here without feeling sluggish. I see no advantage to the 3.5 V6 EcoBoost (no matter how efficient it is) compared to the torquey 2.2-l turbodiesel. Maybe I am looking at this from a European perspective and just don't get it because of that...
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spellchecker
        It is definitely your European perspective. I am German and I often don't get Americans mentality of bigger = better. We think if a vehicle is under powered we can't accelerate safely, which is a load of BS. We don't have any patience, and don't like to wait. I find it funny when people complain about not being able to get up to highway speed, but you see vehicles with literally half the horsepower doing the exact same thing just fine at autobahn or autostrada speeds which are clearly higher than ours. Hell, I was in the UK two months ago driving a Twingo diesel with 65HP loaded with people and our gear. Sure, it wasn't setting the road on fire, but I never, not once felt like I was in danger when merging onto the highway.
        Drakkon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spellchecker
        One hardship companies face here is availability of Diesel in some areas. That was the original reason Dodge built the V-10 and Ford followed suit. Diesel power & torque in a gas package. Our business is case in point. Our business is in a mixed commericial-residential area. There may be 12 gas pumps and only two of them offer Diesel. Those two pumps may have 4 trucks waiting at 7:30 in the morning. A gas truck uses more fuel, but the saving is paying employees to wait. also, our trucks spend a big part of the day parked and not running at all. Not burning gas is the same price as not burning Diesel. Lastly, some of it is attitude. Diesels in the 1970s and 80s were worse than walking. A lot of people who are old enough to own the business say never again. The other end is the F350 with a powerstroke and power chip and black filth spewing out the tailpipe. It's not economical, it's not clean, it's not quiet, but it's B-A-D-A-S-S to haul your boat at 85 miles per hour in the left lane. The idea of small economical Diesels is seeping into the American conscience. Seeping slowly. Sprinter is helping. The upcoming Nissan will help a little more. Fiat's Diesel in the Grand Cherokee with get us a little closer.
          EXP Jawa
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Drakkon
          With reference to your second paragraph, I've been flatout left in the dust by a diesel Superduty towing a race trailer, tools, spares, etc while chasing Best in the Desert Races across the Nevada desert. I was driving a 4.0L Ranger, and can verify that they're chipped to about 93 mph. The support truck I was trying to keep up easily had 10 mph on me, loaded, as was effortless in doing so.
          Drakkon
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Drakkon
          And a 700 foot stopping distance with caliperr fires.
      dukeisduke
      • 2 Years Ago
      Man, that front end is ugly. Operators will be glad that they won't be able to see it from the driver's seat. But those of us that have to see them on the roads... I'm sure it will be a good vehicle, though. I can imagine the engine lineup being the 3.5l EcoBoost, the 5.0l Coyote, maybe the 6.2l Boss engine, and the 6.7l Scorpion turbo diesel.
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dukeisduke
        The US Transit doesn't need anything more than: 3.5 Ecoboost 2.2 Duratorq Diesel x.x V6 Diesel This looks much better than the recent hideous Econolines.
        Mr.Roadrage
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dukeisduke
        Do you really think the current e-series is better looking?
      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Econolines served their purpose really well, but it was really time for them to be retired. Old, heavy, and inefficient. The new Transit will be a hit just like the Sprinters have been. My company has a fleet of 8 Sprinters for mission critical deliveries, and one of the early ones has 800K on it with no major issues, no that isn't a typo. Let's hope the Transit is as reliable!
        The_Zachalope
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        If anything, it can be expected that parts will be more readily available (more dealerships) and won't rust out in 2 years - an issue which has been plaguing the Sprinters in northern states.
      wsbfan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Only rear drive? "Powerful (ie: fuel-guzzling) diesel option"...Ford, why do you hate North American buyers? We're not good enough for a 2.2L diesel FWD van?
        rbnhd1144
        • 2 Years Ago
        @wsbfan
        I agree, Give us a Choice, Id like to have the Eurpoean model, 2.2 diesel, front wheel drive that also fits in my garage... America has so many Cargo van sales, not everyone wants the same vehicle.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      The warehouses in these ads are so clean. So empty. The best is the Volvo heavy trucks, spotlessly clean driving through the jobsite with a load of something-something.
        Synthono
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Drakkon
        I keep thinking a warehouse where the floor is polished to a mirror sheen might not be the best idea. Seems like it would be slippy.
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