To ensure that its new 2014 Ford Transit will be able to get the job done when it goes on sale in the US next year, Ford announced that its new work van will be offered with a diesel engine that balances power and fuel economy. The Transit is already on sale with the diesel in other markets, but Ford confirmed that the 3.2-liter I5 Power Stroke will mark the return of a diesel engine to its full-size van for the first time since the 6.0-liter Power Stroke V8 was phased out of the E-Series in 2010.

Power ratings for the US-spec Transit Power Stroke have not been announced yet, but Ford says these engines in European versions of the van are rated at 197 horsepower and 347 pound-feet of torque – 90 percent of the engine's torque will be available between 1,700 rpm and 3,500 rpm. Although these figures are far less than the most recent Power Stroke in the E-Series rated at 235 hp and 440 lb-ft, this new engine is expected to be cleaner and more efficient. Ford expects the new Power Stroke to be able to run on B20 biodiesel fuel.

The 3.2-liter Power Stroke will be built in South Africa and exported to the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant where the Transit will be built. In addition to the new diesel engine, the Transit will also be available with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, and all engines will be paired with six-speed automatic transmissions.

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Advanced, Fuel-Efficient 3.2-Liter Power Stroke Turbo Diesel Makes North American Debut in All-New 2014 Ford Transit

-Already a proven global workhorse, Ford adds 3.2-liter five-cylinder turbo diesel to fuel-efficient North American lineup in all-new Transit commercial van range

-This innovative engine features state-of-the-art fuel, turbo and emissions systems that meet stringent U.S. clean diesel standards

-The 3.2-liter Power Stroke® Diesel will deliver outstanding performance, exceptional fuel economy and low operating costs

DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 10, 2012 – Ford's all-new Transit full-size van, which goes on sale late next year, will be offered with a new clean-running 3.2-liter Power Stroke® five-cylinder diesel, further bolstering Ford's lineup of fuel-efficient cars, trucks and SUVs.

The new diesel, Ford's second in North America, already has established a proven record for reliability, durability and refinement in the global Ford Ranger truck sold in world markets. The new Power Stroke Diesel will be the only five-cylinder diesel engine available in a commercial van in North America.

"Commercial van drivers spend most of their working hours behind the wheel. We know they want a fuel-efficient diesel engine with smooth, responsive performance and low operating costs," said Joe Bakaj, Ford vice president of Powertrain Engineering. "The 3.2-liter Power Stroke engine has been developed and proven globally to deliver a world-class combination of power, fuel economy and refinement."

The 3.2-liter will join the most fuel-efficient lineup in Ford Motor Company's history. Next year, Ford will offer eight vehicles rated at 40 mpg or higher – double today's total, and more than any other automaker. Ford tops Toyota in fuel economy in every segment in which both companies compete.

While power has not been certified for North America, the new diesel engine is rated in Europe at 197 horsepower and 347 lb.-ft. of torque.

Like the larger 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 offered in Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks, the fuel system has been carefully tailored and calibrated for combustion efficiency. It enables the newest Power Stroke to achieve exceptional fuel economy ratings without affecting power levels.

The 3.2-liter turbo diesel features state-of-the-art piezoelectric fuel injectors fed through a high-pressure common rail fuel system, and advanced emissions technologies.

Precise injection timing and calibration also ensures a smooth combustion process to reduce hard diesel combustion clatter, resulting in lower noise levels that are more like a gasoline engine. Each injector nozzle has eight spray holes and can deliver up to five injections per combustion cycle. A pilot injection controls noise levels and a main injection is used for power generation.

Technical features of the new Power Stroke 3.2-liter include:

-Quick-start glow plugs that enable smooth and fast startups at temperatures down to 25 degrees F
-Durable, rigid sand-cast gray iron cylinder block
-Aluminum cylinder heads with double overhead cams and four valves per cylinder
-Advanced common rail piezoelectric fuel injectors that deliver multiple injections per stroke to improve performance and reduce NVH; maximum fuel pressure is 26,100 psi
-Variable nozzle turbocharger with electronic actuation; maximum impellor speed of 197,800 rpm
-First application of selective catalytic reduction for reduced nitrogen oxide emissions in a Ford van
-Integrated diesel oxidation catalyst and diesel particulate filter to save space
-Expected to be B20 biodiesel compatible

Additionally, the engine features cast-aluminum, low-friction coated pistons with piston-cooling jets, which squirt oil on the underside of the pistons to keep the piston crowns cool under extreme operating conditions. Also included is a water-cooled high-performance electric-controlled exhaust gas recirculation valve that is better able to withstand coolant pressure drops.

The 3.2-liter Power Stroke is one of several engines that will be available for Transit in North America, including the proven 3.5-liter EcoBoost®gasoline engine. All engines are mated to a Ford 6R80 six-speed automatic transmission.

With a flat torque plateau – 90 percent of its peak torque is available from 1,700 to 3,500 rpm, providing better engine flexibility – Transit will be able to effortlessly haul full loads in town and on the highway, while offering flexible performance across each gear in the six-speed automatic transmission.

"The Power Stroke name is synonymous with power, work and long-term durability," said Bakaj. "We're confident our commercial van customers will be extremely pleased with the 3.2-liter's fuel economy, performance and running costs."

The Power Stroke 3.2-liter is manufactured in Ford's Struandale Engine Plant in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. It will be exported to Ford's Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Mo., which received a $1.1 billion investment for the Transit.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 172,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit

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      • 2 Years Ago
      This engine works perfectly for the Ford Transit. :D
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe Ford can put this engine into the Flex/Explorer/Edge. That would make a very interesting choice. I would think these behemoths should get 35 mph highway ratings with this engine.
        Paul P.
        • 2 Years Ago
        I doubt it would fit in those transverse applications. However it would likely work perfectly in the F150/Expedition. Especially since those vehicles already use the same 6R80 transmission.
        EXP Jawa
        • 2 Years Ago
        I would think (knowing really nothing about the engine in question) that transverse mounting an inline 5-cylinder might create a packaging issue...
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EXP Jawa
          Very likely. But with Jeep bringing the GC in the 3.0 diesel next year, it might open up a new segment where they could completely walk away with the first mover advantage. Ford and GM definitely have the powerplants to compete, but not the will or desire to do it.
        Jon Bowen
        • 2 Years Ago
        a diesel like this wouldn't make any sense in these vehicles because they are fwd based vehicles and the 3.5 ecoboost makes more power and torque
      • 2 Years Ago
      Spec racing series! Do it! Do it! Seriously how hilarious would that be to watch? :D
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder... in Europe, with much higher highway limits and insane city traffic, these vans do away with much smaller displacement diesel engines - while complying with emission limits and crashtest norms. A 2.5 liter turbodiesel in a 3.5 ton (total weight) Transit is more than enough for any task.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds good! Hope this ends up being cheaper than the Sprinter, I get lots of folks asking me about the ones we drive for work and would love to recommend an option that comes from an American manufacturer. No complaints about the MB, it's just better for the consumer if there's other options.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seth Carroll
      • 2 Years Ago
      Make a new Ranger, offer this and the 2.0 ecoboost, and a manual transmission.
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is awesome news! I'm genuinely looking forward to giving the passenger version a test drive, with the diesel it should be a fantastic alternative to the Sprinter.
      Mark Green
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think it's great that Ford will offer a 197hp 3.2 liter diesel in the new 2013 Transit (arriving 2014 in the US). But why won't Ford also offer the proven and more economical European standard 2.2-liter Ford "Duratorque" diesel engine in the US market Transit? In Europe, this engine is offered in the Transit in 99, 123 and 153 horsepower versions. And why doesn't Ford USA plan to offer the Transit with it's signature front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive options (to ideally meet varying customer requirements)? Ford Europe designs and produces great products such as the Transit. But Ford US has a long history of making significant changes to Ford Europe products before bringing them over, which has always drastically taken away from the original. The Ford Escape engine fires, unheard of in the original Ford Europe "Kuga", is a typical example. Ford US would be better served by bringing over Ford Europe products with minimalist changes.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mark Green
        I don't think the FWD Transit exists anymore. Seems like the Transit Custom has replaced it, and it's not really the same as the RWD Transit.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mark Green
        Well said mark, I agree with all your points. 2.2 diesel engine choice and Fwd Transit custom models too, Ford customize for the USA and sometimes ruin the product, I for one would prefer a Front wheel drive model. Maybe Fiat/Ram will sell us a Ducato with those features.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mark Green
        I'm going to guess that they do not believe federalizing that engine is worth the expense.
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is pretty slick actually. Hope the MPG number is something to get excited about (and real!).
      • 2 Years Ago
      at which auto show will it launch?
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good call, Ford. America needs more diesel options.
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