Ford Primed to Rock Fleet Market with New Transit Van

Jun 6, 2014

Transit goes on sale at U.S. and Canadian dealerships this summer, eventually replacing E-Series, America’s best-selling van for 35 years. Transit comes to the North American market with a history of success—7 million units have been sold worldwide since its European introduction in 1965.

“We are excited to serve our fleet and commercial customers in North America with the all-new Transit,” said Kumar Galhotra, Ford vice president of engineering.

Three Engine Choices

Transit comes standard with a 3.7-liter V6 engine, and customers also can choose from an available 3.5-liter EcoBoostor 3.2-liter Power Strokediesel.

When equipped with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, 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.

The 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. The 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.

The Transit delivers as much as 4,650 pounds of maximum payload capacity, according to Ford. 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.

The standard six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission in the Transit 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.

Proving Grounds

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.

Also, 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.

Expanded Cargo

The 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.

Transit high-roof van models offer best-in-class cargo height to make loading easier, and high-roof wagon models enable passengers as tall as 6-feet-4-inches to stand upright.

The rear cargo doors of the Transit swing out 270-degrees to ease loading.

Model Choices

Customers can choose the style of Transit that best fits their needs—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.

Transit van is ideal for custom storage and shelving systems such as cargo dividers, multi-racks, bulkheads and sliding platforms. An internal ladder-rack system, available as an upfit, helps keep ladders protected from poor weather and away from prying eyes.

Transit customers can also add Crew Chief telematics to help track service and mileage costs and MyKeyto 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.