Diesel power is coming to the 2014 Ford Transit, as Ford announced that the upcoming full-size van will be offered with a new-to-North America Power Stroke-branded 3.2-liter turbodiesel I-5.
The 2014 Transit’s new turbodiesel five-pot joins the F-Series Super Duty’s big 6.7-liter turbodiesel V-8 as Ford’s second diesel offering in the United States. Currently available in the global Ford Ranger, the Transit’s 3.2-liter turbodiesel I-5 is expected make around 197 hp and 347 lb-ft of torque – about the same output the engine is rated at in Europe. According to Ford, 90 percent of the engine’s peak torque is available from 1700-3500 rpm.
As is the case with the rest of the U.S.-spec 2014 Transit’s engine lineup, the new Power Stroke I-5 will be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, and drive the van’s rear-wheels.
The new turbodiesel I-5 will likely be an attractive option for customers looking for a balance between fuel efficiency and towing capability. EPA fuel economy figures have yet to be announced, but a mid-20 mpg combined rating wouldn’t be surprising. Ford also expects the engine to be B20 biodiesel-compatible. Perhaps realizing that many Americans have bad memories of diesel engines, Ford has fitted the 3.2-liter I-5 with quick-start glow plugs to quicken startups at below-freezing temperatures. Ford also has calibrated fuel injection to reduce diesel clatter.
The new Power Stroke turbodiesel I-5 joins the EcoBoost 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 gasoline engine as the 2014 Ford Transit’s two confirmed engines. Though power output of the EcoBoost V-6 in the Transit hasn’t been released yet, we’re expecting it to make the same 365 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque that it does in the F-150. The Transit’s base engine is also yet to be announced, but the F-150′s base 302-hp, 255-lb-ft 3.7-liter V-6 is a likely candidate.
When asked if there was a chance of the now-federalized turbodiesel making its way into other vehicles in its lineup, Ford reps had no comment.
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