The familiar van that delivers packages or shuttles you to the airport is about to change in a revolutionary way. Ford’s has lifted the veil on their all-new full-size 2014 Transit van will replace the aged Econoline vans late this year.
The 2014 Transit brings a new level of cargo hauling and people moving capabilities combined with what Ford says will be best-in-class fuel economy performance, some 25% better than the current Econoline vans.
Expanding the reach, Transit will be offered in three body lengths, two wheelbases and three roof heights. Configurations will include cargo vans, passenger wagons, a new chassis cab and cutaway for RV builders. They will be offered in XL and XLT trim levels.
Ford will offer Transit with the same 305 horsepower 3.7-liter V6 that is found in the F-150 as well as the 3.5 liter twin turbcharged EcoBoost V6 that has been the number one power choice in the pickups. While the Econoline has had V8 and 10 engines, these wont fit in the smaller nose of the Transit.
Also to be available is an all-new 3.2-liter Power Stroke five-cylinder common rail turbo diesel, based on Ford’s proven Duratorq global diesel engine architecture. It features state-of-the-art fuel, turbo and emissions systems that meet stringent U.S. clean diesel standards, providing an ideal balance of fuel economy and job capability. All engines come standard with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The high-roof Transit features 81.5 inches of interior cargo height, enough headroom for a person six feet, five inches tall to stand upright in the cargo area. The medium-roof can accommodate up to 72.0 inches of cargo height and the low-roof has almost 56.0 inches of cargo height.
Cargo volume ranges from about 250 to almost 500 cubic feet as a jumbo configuration. That’s nearly 80 percent more space than the largest E-Series and over twice the volume of today’s standard Econoline. Transit’s rear cargo doors can open up to 270 degrees for easy loading and unloading.
The Transit interior has been developed for easy upfit of racks, bins, shelving and other cargo storage and hauling solutions. The largest passenger version can carry up to 15 people. A 6.5-inch touch screen display with navigation and SYNC with MyFord Touch will be available.
The Transit should also have much better handling, steering and ride qualities than the Econoline. It has power rack-and-pinion steering, front MacPherson struts and a stabilizer bar for smoother, flatter cornering, combined with progressive rear leaf springs.
Transit van and wagon models will be available at Ford dealers starting next fall. They will be built at Ford’s recently upgraded Kansas City manufacturing facility.