When Ford announced a few months ago to replace the legendary E-Series van with global Transit on the American market, many have found themselves in awe.E-Series is still at that time controlled 80% of the market vans in North America, and from 1961 and sold over five million copies. However, the new CAFE standards on consumption, which come into play in 2016, Ford was forced to replace one of its most successful products in history, “thanks” to the data that the E-Series is inefficient with its V8 and V10 engines.
As a replacement arrives as legendary Transit van, which has so far sold over six million copies, and the American giant has recently announced the details of the model that will be sold in the American market. The biggest change is related to the structure of the vehicle, where the famous “shell on the chassis” formula, he had the E-series (as well as the main rivals Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana and Nissan NV2500/3500) will be interchangeable with the new so-called “unibody” similar to that used by cars, and the main rival of the new Mercedes Sprinter.
Completely new is the suspension, made for a more comfortable ride and greater payload. Ford has not yet announced capacity numbers, but says that the Transit will be able to carry a larger payload of 135 kg compared to the E-Series, which had a maximum capacity of 1.823 kg. Maximum traction that will compete with the Ford F-150 than five tons. Transit will be provided to three all new engines, including Ford’s first I5 diesel in the USA. The standard engine is a 3.7L V6, which is also incorporated into several Ford (F-150, Mustang, Explorer …), with 302 hp and 376 Nm of torque. This engine is just as much more powerful than the outdated 4.6L V8 engine it replaces (225 hp), it’s also lighter by 45 kg. The only other option is a 3.5L petrol V6 EcoBoost, Ford also known performance engine, with 365 hp and 569 Nm of torque.
Although not currently offer any V8 engine, it is expected that he will appear in the offer in the near future, and this 5.0L V8 with 360 hp and 515 Nm of torque. Ford expects customers to enthuse new 3.2L I5 diesel engine, which is now built into the European version of the Transit and Ranger, and the power of this engine is 188 hp and 440 Nm of torque. This engine, which was originally developed in conjunction with Peugeot in the 1990s, would be in the near future will be found under the hoods of several American Fords, such as the F-150 and Expedition. All models will transfer power to the wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. Ford has not yet announced spending numbers, but promises to be a transit for 25% more economical compared with the E-Series.
From the design, the Transit provides global Kinetic design similar to what we’ve seen on a smaller Custom Transit Van. The buyer will be able to choose between three different lengths and heights, which will be the only such vehicle in North America. The choice will be found working and travel (up to 15 people) versions, and later on the same platform and are expected to be completed for a particular vehicle and ambulance. Let me also mention the interior, which is one of the strongest features of Transit. The interior is a combination of global design, but also of what we already have seen in Ford U.S. models such as the F-150 and SuperDuty. The materials are of high quality (in so far as it may be for a van).
In any case, the production will start in the summer at the Ford plant in Kansas City, and the specimens are expected to be on sale in the fall. Replace the legendary model as E-Series is certainly not an easy job, but at least on paper it seems that the American giant homework done and ready to fulfill all the requirements of customers. And perhaps the best part is that the Transit, despite improvements in comparison with the E-Series, will be able to maintain its price of $ 26.600 for work, or $ 28.700 for the passenger version.
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