Ford's Cargo Van Gets an Extreme Makeover

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You see them at convention centers, airports, hotels, resorts and spas. Your mechanic, cable guy and even your favorite band will probably pull up in one. Even America's celebrities get carted around in them on movie sets; and, if you're unfortunate enough, it'll be your police wagon on your way to jail.

Of course, we're talking about the Ford E-Series (formerly called the Econoline/Club Wagon). The E-Series, which is by far the best-selling full-size cargo van, is due for a complete overhaul. When the new model goes on sale here later this year, it will adopt a much more international look and get a new name: behold the 2014 Ford Transit.

The Ford Transit has been on sale in Europe for nearly 50 years and is offered in several body lengths and body styles, including the compact Transit Connect. The Transit we'll be getting in the U.S. is the heavy-duty full-size model offered in Europe. There's also the Tourneo Custom, which isn't coming here.

The Transit still will be rear-wheel drive but now features a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 and a diesel option. That's a big step down in power compared to the two V-8s and the V-10 in the current E-Series. It'll be interesting to see if the new models are as capable and versatile as the old vans.

On the flipside, it certainly looks more elegant and modern than the E-Series, and the new Transit is said to be 25% more efficient. No word yet if it will be available in a passenger version like the current E-Series. So far, all the photos we've seen show the cargo model.

The next-generation Transit will be built at Ford's Kansas City, Mo., plant, which is a part of a $1.1 billion investment to build the full-size van plus the next-gen F-150 at the assembly plant. The current E-Series is built in Ohio. The new model will go on sale sometime in fall 2013.

2014 Ford Transit

2014 Ford Transit

2014 Ford Transit

2014 Ford Transit

2014 Ford Transit

2014 Ford Transit

Related
New Ford Transit and Transit Connect Debut (Pickuptrucks.com) 
Ford Drops E-Series Van, Replaces with Transit 
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Comments 

Is there any word on what size and configuration the diesel will be? This is one cool van.

Carlover

Is it just me, or does this look like a smaller Mercedes-Benz Sprinter? I don't like the taller height, compared to the old version.

Bob

From the article: "The Transit...now features a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 and a diesel option. That's a big step down in power compared to the two V-8s and the V-10 in the current E-Series."

Having checked the specs on the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 and the V-10, I don't see how the 3.5L is "a big step down in power." Can you elaborate?

carguy

A 25% increase in fuel economy equates to barely 20mpg. And we have to wait a whole year for this.
Vw has a 2011 four cylinder turbo diesel Crafter (Sprinter) which gets 30 to 35 mpg. Granted less horse power but torque is 400@1800rpm.
Once again, we see one step forward and then two steps back.

Volume Van

Bold initiative by Ford.

Will be very beneficial for business which transport lot of goods and want to save on gas. So another V8 and V10 are going down.

Will there be a Ecoboost V8 that will replace V10 in those F Series vehicles above 250 like F350, F450 and so on.

nice cargo vans, these vans are smaller then the trucks but they are also very useful for shifting cargo..

Dave Munro

If this new Ford combines the drivability of the Sprinter with the durability of the E-series, it will be a huge success. My Sprinter was the Worst vehicle in the history of vehicles and Mercedes was no help at all. My E-350 w/ a Powerstroke has been a peach with hardly any problems in almost 200K miles. If the diesel engine is descent, I will buy one for sure.

The 2015 Ford Transit Commercial is due for release in the near future. Fell in love with it at the Chicago Auto Show. It's roomy, sleek and stylish. Think of the possibilities for your business. Imagine your new high top van upfitted to your specifications based on the incentive you select. White vehicles may be on display in your dealership showroom to appeal to a broader spectrum of prospective buyers. Whatever you decide, much success to you all.

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