Let's talk first about those new engines. The base is the familiar 3.7-liter, naturally aspirated V6. It boasts 275 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque and can return up to 14 miles per gallon in the city and 19 mpg on the highway. This engine can also be adapted to run on LPG or compressed natural gas. Of course, there are better alternatives, for a price, the first of which is Ford's well-received, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. It packs 310 hp and a best-in-class 400 lb-ft of torque (available at just 2,500 rpm) while matching the naturally aspirated engine in both city and highway fuel economy.
Then, there's the diesel. With a 3.2-liter, five-cylinder diesel mill at its disposal, the Transit generates 350 lb-ft between 1,500 and 2,500 rpm, along with 185 hp. This engine hasn't been rated by the EPA, although we'd be really, really surprised if it didn't handily best either of the gas-powered engines in fuel efficiency. A six-speed automatic is standard, regardless of engine.
For hauling, the max payload is 4,650 pounds, a 600-pound increase over the E-Series and more than the Ford's cross-town competitors. The new Transit can also tow up to 7,500 pounds.
Regardless of how good the new trio of engines is, they all mark a substantial improvement over the old 6.8-liter V10 of the E-Series, which could only muster 10 mpg in the city and 13 mpg on the highway. The automaker has thoughtfully provided fuel-saving estimates in the press release you can find below.
Ford has launched an full, very deep configurator for the new Transit, allowing businesses to really access the full range of customization options available in the new van. That's available on Ford's consumer page. Meanwhile, keep an eye on these digital pages for our full first drive of the 2015 Transit, which should be coming quite soon.
All-new 2015 Ford Transit low- and medium-roof regular-wheelbase wagons with available 3.5-liter EcoBoost® have a 46 percent better EPA-estimated highway fuel economy rating* than Ford E-Series with premium gas engine
Proven 3.5-liter EcoBoost offers gas engine torque rating of 400 lb.-ft. – best in class among full-size vans – ideal for those whose work requires extra cargo-hauling capability
Transit van offers best-in-class gas engine maximum cargo capacity of 487.3 cubic feet when properly equipped
The all-new 2015 Ford Transit, America's newest Built Ford Tough van, delivers as much as 46 percent better gas mileage than Ford E-Series and offers Ford van customers more choices and capability than ever.
Transit goes on sale for the first time at U.S. and Canadian dealerships this summer, eventually replacing America's best-selling van for 35 years, E-Series, first sold in 1961 as Ford Econoline.
Transit has a proven legacy with more than 7 million units sold worldwide since being introduced in Europe in 1965. Ford has been the best-selling commercial vehicle brand in the United Kingdom for nearly 50 years and Transit is the recipient of two International Van of the Year awards.
"We are excited to serve our fleet and commercial customers in North America with the all-new Transit," said Kumar Galhotra, Ford vice president, Engineering. "Transit is Built Ford Tough and represents One Ford at its best, building on lessons learned from our decades of leadership in the commercial vehicle markets in the United States and Europe."
Three engine choices offer performance and efficiency
Transit comes standard with a 3.7-liter V6 engine, and customers also can choose from an available 3.5-liter EcoBoost® or 3.2-liter Power Stroke® diesel.
When equipped with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, all-new 2015 Transit low- and medium-roof regular wheelbase wagons get a 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway EPA-estimated rating.* That reflects an improvement of as much as 46 percent compared with the 10 mpg city/13 mpg highway EPA-estimated rating for the Ford E-Series 6.8-liter V10 premium gas engine. The improved gas mileage translates to fuel savings as high as $1,700 annually, based on EPA data.
Transit low- and medium-roof regular wheelbase wagons with the standard 3.7-liter V6 get a 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway EPA-estimated rating* – up to 19 percent better than the 13 mpg city/16 mpg EPA-estimated rating for the E-Series 4.6-liter V8 standard gas engine. Fuel savings for customers could be as much as $650 a year, according to EPA estimates.
City Highway Combined
All-new 2015 Transit Wagon 3.5L 14 mpg 19 mpg 16 mpg
All-new 2015 Transit Wagon 3.7L 14 mpg 19 mpg 16 mpg
EPA-estimated ratings for low- and medium-roof regular-wheelbase models. Actual mileage will vary.
3.2-liter Power Stroke diesel available on Transit is not EPA-rated.
The proven 3.5-liter EcoBoost available for Ford Transit offers a gas engine torque rating of 400 lb.-ft. – best in class among full-size vans – making Transit an excellent choice for those whose work requires extra cargo-hauling capability. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine's low-end torque and 310 horsepower result from its suite of technologies including direct injection and twin turbocharging.
The available 3.2-liter Power Stroke five-cylinder diesel engine provides 90 percent of its peak torque from 1,500 to 2,750 rpm. Quick-start glow plugs offer fast startups at temperatures as low as 10 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. A variable geometry turbocharger helps deliver quick power.
Horsepower (hp) at RPM Torque (lbs.-ft.) at RPM
3.7L V6 with Ti-VCT 275 @ 6,000 260 @ 4,000
3.5L V6 EcoBoost 310 @ 5,500 400 @ 2,500
3.2L Power Stroke Five-Cylinder 185 @ 3,000 350 @ 1,500–2,500
Transit van delivers as much as 4,650 pounds of maximum payload capacity – more than competing vans from General Motors and Chrysler. Maximum payload increases at least 600 pounds across all sizes of Transit vans versus comparable E-Series vans. Transit delivers a maximum towing capacity of 7,500 pounds.
Towing and hauling are made easy by the standard six-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission. It features selectable tow/haul mode to compensate for grade and load, while also reducing gear hunting when towing or hauling heavy cargo.
A compressed natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas prep package is available on Transit when equipped with the 3.7-liter V6 engine.
Built Ford Tough
Built Ford Tough is part of the Transit DNA, and the all-new unibody structure makes extensive use of boron steel for weight savings, improved torsional stiffness and long-term durability. Transit was tested for more than 7 million customer-equivalent miles at Ford proving grounds and in the hands of real-world fleet customers in North America.
The 3.5-liter EcoBoost and 3.7-liter V6 engines have been proven in more than 700,000 Ford F-150 trucks since 2011.
The globally proven 3.2-liter Power Stroke diesel engine underwent more than 4,000 hours of rigorous dynamometer testing specifically for Transit. Testing included running at maximum engine power for 750 hours (the equivalent of 14 nonstop round trips from New York to Los Angeles) simulating 10 years' service across 150,000 miles, and in environments with temperatures of 40 degrees below zero and altitudes of more than 14,500 feet.
To simulate the heavy use fleet and commercial customers put their vans through, Ford testers opened and slammed Transit doors 250,000 times – nearly three times more than for a car.
Capability to get the job done
The all-new Transit van offers a best-in-class gas engine maximum cargo capacity of 487.3 cubic feet when properly equipped – 75 percent more than the largest E-Series van. The extended-length wagon model offers best-in-class cargo storage (100.5 cubic feet) behind the last row of seats in a 15-passenger version – ideal for shuttle service.
Transit high-roof van models offer best-in-class cargo height to make loading easier, and high-roof wagon models deliver best-in-class passenger compartment height, enabling passengers as tall as 6 feet 4 inches to stand upright.
Transit also has a best-in-class rear door opening height and the available 270-degree swing-out rear cargo doors offer quick and easy access.
Offering the most choices
Transit is available in a best-in-class range of vehicle configurations and offers more choices than ever from a Ford commercial van.
Customers can choose from van, wagon, chassis cab and cutaway body styles; three body lengths and two wheelbases for van and wagon, along with three roof heights; and XL and XLT trim levels.
A center aisle for most configurations combines with easy access through wide-opening side doors and ample legroom to allow fast and hassle-free pickups and drop-offs.
Transit van is ideal for custom storage and shelving systems such as cargo dividers, multi-racks, bulkheads and sliding platforms. Upfitting is made easy with 11 available upfit ship-throughs, eight of which are located within 20 miles of Kansas City Assembly Plant where Transit is built. Transit vehicles can be custom-configured at www.TransitUpfits.com.
Transit customers can add even more smart technology, including available Crew Chief telematics to help track service and mileage costs and MyKey® to help encourage safer driving. An available lane-keeping alert system detects lane markings with a forward-facing camera and vibrates the steering wheel to help alert drivers to steer back toward the center of the lane.
An internal ladder-rack system, available as an upfit, helps keep ladders protected from poor weather and away from prying eyes.
* EPA-estimated rating of 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway/16 mpg combined for all-new 2015 Transit low- and medium-roof regular wheelbase wagon. Actual mileage will vary.