Ford’s Econoline replacement, the new Transit full-size van to go on sale late next year, will be offered with a new clean-running 3.2-liter Power Stroke five-cylinder diesel.
The diesel engine, Ford’s second in North America, has been used in the global Ford Ranger truck sold in world markets.
This new-to-America Power Stroke Diesel will be the only five-cylinder diesel engine available in a commercial van in North America.
“Commercial van drivers spend most of their working hours behind the wheel. We know they want a fuel-efficient diesel engine with smooth, responsive performance and low operating costs,” said Joe Bakaj, Ford vice president of Powertrain Engineering. “The 3.2-liter Power Stroke engine has been developed and proven globally to deliver a world-class combination of power, fuel economy and refinement.”
This diesel engine is rated in Europe at 197 horsepower and 347 pound-feet of torque; official North American figures will be released at a later date.
This 3.2-liter turbo diesel features state-of-the-art piezoelectric fuel injectors fed through a high-pressure common rail fuel system.
Precise injection timing and calibration also ensures a smooth combustion process to reduce hard diesel combustion clatter, resulting in lower noise levels that are more like a gasoline engine.
Each injector nozzle has eight spray holes and can deliver up to five injections per combustion cycle. A pilot injection controls noise levels and a main injection is used for power generation.
The Quick-start glow plugs will enable smooth and fast startups at temperatures down to -10 degrees F.
This engine is expected to be B20 biodiesel compatible.
Ford says the 3.2-liter Power Stroke is one of several engines that will be available for the Transit in North America. This lineup will also include the 3.5-liter EcoBoost gasoline engine.
All engines will be mated to a Ford 6R80 six-speed automatic transmission.
The Power Stroke 3.2-liter is manufactured in Ford’s Struandale Engine Plant in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. It will be exported to Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Mo.