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Ford Details Engine Lineup for New Vans

The forthcoming 2014 Ford Transit and Transit Connect vans will offer buyers a variety of engine choices when the vehicles reach the market next year, the manufacturer announced.

The Transit, larger than the current E-series and making its North American debut late next year, will feature two gasoline-powered V6 engines borrowed from Ford’s F-150 pickup line, along with a diesel that is being borrowed from the company’s global operations.

Base power will come from a 3.7-liter, naturally aspirated V6 that makes 302 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque in the F-150. A 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, which features twin turbochargers and direct fuel injection, will also be available. That engine produces 365 hp and 420 pound-feet of torque in the F-150. Power ratings for the engines’ application in the Transit have not been finalized, Ford representatives said.

A 3.2-liter diesel sourced from Ford’s global operations will also be available. The turbocharged, inline five-cylinder engine features high-pressure common rail injection, dual overhead cams, and four valves per cylinder, Ford engineers said.

Diesel-powered Transits will come equipped with a selective catalytic reduction system for compliance with federal emissions limits. The system’s diesel oxidation catalyst and diesel particulate filter are integrated into one compartment, Ford said. The engine is expected to churn out close to the 197 hp/347 pound-feet or torque it produces in global applications, Ford said.

While the smaller Transit Connect won’t get a diesel, it will offer two gasoline engines, including one with EcoBoost technology. Base power for the redesigned van – the current model was introduced here in 2010 – will be a 2.5-liter four cylinder that will be rated to tow up to 2,000 pounds. Optional will be a 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder that Ford said will return more than 30 miles-per-gallon on the highway. With this engine, the van will be rated to tow 1,900 pounds, Ford said. Final power ratings for both engines will arrive later. The 2014 Transit Connect is slated to arrive in dealership in the fourth quarter of 2013, Ford reps said.

By Light & Medium Truck

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