Ford Commercial Touts Van Lineup and MPG

2014 Transit Configurations II

Ford just announced that the coming Transit van will come in different shell configurations to accommodate the diverse needs of the commercial van users.

After recently announcing the introduction of a brand-new 3.2-liter I-5 baby Power Stroke turbo-diesel — to go along with the already-announced 3.5-liter EcoBoost and 3.7L V-6 gas choices — Ford is now rolling out the details about exactly what the bodies and wheelbases will be. 

We should note that no announcements were made about the possibility of the smaller Power Stroke going into the Ford F-150 anytime soon, but with possible power and torque numbers in the 200 hp and 400 lb-ft ballpark and the coming EPA and CAFE numbers ready to make their staggered jumps in 2016 and 2018, the powerful, fuel efficient 3.2L turbodiesel would be a good fit.  

The eventual replacement for the E-Series van, the Transit will come in two wheelbases, three roof heights and three body lengths and offer three engine options. It will eventually be offered in van, wagon, chassis cab and cutaway body styles in XL and XLT trims. The chassis cab and cutaway models will use a unique unitized frame section (starting just behind the cab) that allows for a stiff, strong, and adaptable rear section. There's no word on whether a Titanium option package will be available.

Obviously, Ford Truck is hoping the economy makes a strong push in the next several years, with businesses looking for exactly the right work truck or van for their specific business needs. No exact fuel-economy figures have been given for any of the powertrains in the Transits, but Ford representatives say the full lineup generally, and the Transit van specifically, will offer the best-in-class gas mileage and cost of ownership. 

In other downsized commercial van news, Ford also just announced that its smallest commercial van option, the Transit Connect, will be fully redesigned from the ground up and also offer best-in-class fuel economy. In fact, the press release specifically calls out the Ram Cargo Van, stating the Transit Connect will likely beat its competitor by 5 mpg on the highway once EPA figures are finally released. Likewise, the Transit Connect will offer more payload capacity (rated at 1,600 pounds) than a Ram 1500 pickup truck. 

The Ford Transit Connect Van will be offered in two wheelbases with two different four-cylinder engine options: a new 2.5-liter and a 1.6-liter EcoBoost, the latter likely to be rated above 30 mpg on the highway. The gas engine will be available in other alternative-fuel configurations (compressed natural gas and liquid propane gas) by Ford-certified upfit specialists, which means it all remains under warranty. 

Look for more details about both of the commercial vans as they are made available next year. 

2014 Transit Connect LWB_09_HR II



@Hemi, I have. My dad is in Australia so he can't buy one YET, hopefully they will offer it there at some point. The Cummins will be my next truck though when I replace my F-150.

Ram’s Pentastar makes Ward’s Ten Best Engines list

Posted on December 13th, 2012 • by Bill Cawthon

Chalk up another win for Ram and the Pentastar V-6 engine. The 3.6-liter powerplant installed in the Ram 1500 pickup has been named to the 2013 Ward’s 10 Best Engines list. This makes three consecutive years for the Chrysler V-6 and the first time since 2009 that an engine in a full-size pickup made the grade. Incidentally, the 2009 winner was the Ram with the 5.7-liter HEMI winning its sixth award in seven years.

“The supremely smooth Pentastar has impressed us in muscle cars, SUVs, CUVs, minivans and luxury sedans, and now it turns in another stellar performance in the fullsize Ram pickup.” wrote the WardsAuto editors.

Despite the Ram’s two-and-a-half tons, the WardsAuto editors said, “..the Pentastar summons a boatload of low-end torque and can tow 6,000 lbs. (2,271 kg), all the while sounding burly and confident and delivering best-in-class fuel economy.”

Ward’s also called out the new thermal management system that brings engine and transmission fluids to operating temperature more quickly, which cuts down parasitic losses and improves fuel efficiency 1.7%.

Noteworthy this year is the fact that all the 2013 winners are internal combustion engines: there are no electric vehicles; hybrids or diesels on the the list.

Ten WardsAuto editors selected the winners after evaluating 40 new or significantly upgraded engines in daily driving in the Detroit metropolitan area from October to early this month. To be considered, the engines must be offered in regular-production, U.S.-spec vehicles with base prices below $55,000 that are or will be offered for public sale no later than the first quarter of 2013.

Engines were rated on power, technology, observed fuel economy, relative competitiveness and noise, vibration harshness characteristics. Since the goal is to get real-world experience with the engines, there is no instrumented testing.

This year’s winners:
•3.6L Pentastar DOHC V-6 (Ram 1500)
•3.0L TFSI Supercharged DOHC V-6 (Audi S5)
•2.0L N20 Turbocharged DOHC I-4 (BMW 328i)
•3.0L N55 Turbocharged DOHC I-6 (BMW 135is coupe)
•2.0L EcoBoost DOHC I-4 (Ford Focus ST/Taurus)
•5.8L Supercharged DOHC V-8 (Ford Shelby GT500)
•2.0L Turbocharged DOHC I-4 (Cadillac ATS)
•2.4L DOHC I-4 (Honda Accord Sport)
•3.5L SOHC V-6 (Honda Accord)
•2.0L FA DOHC H-4 Boxer (Subaru BRZ)

Read the entire WardsAuto article • Learn more about the Pentastar engine AT ALLPAR.COM



Ruedas ESPN - Truck of the Year

The new Ram 1500 is making a name for itself on the road and on the airwaves. Ruedas ESPN, the leading Spanish-language automotive radio show, named the 2013 Ram 1500 its Truck of the Year. Jamie Florez, Director and Host of Ruedas ESPN, cited it as an example of a vehicle being both attractive and efficient. With its Best-in-Class 25 HWY MPG+ and improved exterior details, it's hard to argue.

2012 Model Year

A Consumers Digest Best Buy

The 2012 Ram 1500 is among the top again, as it was named A Consumers Digest Best Buy+ in the automotive category for the 2012 model year. Calling the Ram 1500 ride and handling first-rate, Consumers Digest also noted enhancements like the six-speed automatic transmission. The 2012 Ram 1500 was also recognized for the optional 5.7L HEMI® V8, which gets 390 HP and 20 HWY MPG+.

2011 & 2012

Automobile Magazine All-Star

It's no surprise that the 2011 Ram 1500 was named to the prestigious Automobile magazine All-Stars list. A repeat winner, the Ram 1500 was honored for both its Best-in-Class driving dynamics and its array of comforts. Editors noted that the truck's cabin "excels in attention to detail," and that its hand-crafted interior compliments other crew cab storage features, like in-floor bins and the handy available RamBox® Cargo Management System.


Off-Road Adventures Magazine - Manufacturer of the Year

Off-Road Adventures magazine named the RAM brand its MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR, calling our 2011 lineup "one of the most innovative lineups of full-size trucks on the market... with great looks, refined interiors and durable engines." We couldn't agree more. We pride ourselves on making trucks, and making them better year after year. The result? A new lineup of fully-loaded pickups, with refined interiors, ample storage space and modern conveniences.


Texas Auto Writers Association - Truck of Texas™

The 2011 Ram 1500 rode away with the most prestigious honor given by the Texas Auto Writers Association — and for good reason. Ram 1500 has long been an exceptional all-around perfect truck for those who work hard and play hard. "You've got to love how tough it is and how comfortable it is," said TAWA President Michael Herzing, "especially if you're in a truck all day, like many Texans." Ram 1500 swept every category it entered, following two days of intense scrutiny by more than 40 automotive journalists.


Texas Auto Writers Association - Outdoorsman® - Full-Size Pickup Truck of Texas™

Hunting, fishing, camping, boating. It's all part of the Texas lifestyle. And no truck embodies that more than the rugged, versatile Ram 1500 Outdoorsman®. Maybe that's why the 2011 Ram 1500 Outdoorsman was named "Full-size Pickup Truck of Texas" by the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA).


Texas Auto Writers Association - Laramie Longhorn® - Luxury Pickup Truck of Texas™

The 2011 Ram Laramie Longhorn® was named the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) "Luxury Pickup Truck of the Year." When it arrived at the Annual TAWA Truck Rodeo, judges could see there was something special about this truck. Something that spoke the language of the Lone Star State in luxurious materials, like burled walnut, leather and chrome. "Some of the added touches like the leather saddle bags and other Southwest details are uniquely Texan but appeal to everyone," said TAWA President Michael Herzing.

2011 - Consumers’ Top Rated® Large Light-Duty wasn't pulling any punches when it referred to the Ram 1500 as "the guy who regular Joes love to hate — it's got the looks, the muscles and the talent." And the Ram 1500 is the 2011 Consumers' Top Rated® Large Light-Duty Truck. noted that the Ram 1500 offers "everything you need in a tough work truck” and that the "powerful engine lineup includes a brawny HEMI® V8." Consumer comments praised the interior features and amenities, storage and fuel economy+.

@zviera, my family is in Australia - I moved here five years ago. I recommended the last model Jeep GC diesel to him with the Merc engine. He loved that, I recommended he looked at the new one. He loves both so he kept the older one too, but says they are night and day apart too. Not that the old one is bad in any way, just that the new one is so good. I would also love to see that engine in the Ram 1500, and Chrysler to export the RAM products

@LOU SER, 7 litre engines of the '60's ie. 426,427,428,429 or larger displacements up to 7.5 litres ie.460 are currently being outclassed by 5-6 litre engines.
Posted by: Lou | Dec 15, 2012 12:40:25 AM

The 426 Hemi used a hemispherical-shaped combustion chamber, which enhanced combustion efficiency. The bore by stroke of the engine was 4.25 by 3.75 inches, while the compression ratio was 10.25 to 1. The total piston displacement of the engine was 426 cubic inches, or 7 liters. Maximum power was a hefty 425 horsepower, while maximum torque was 490 foot-pounds. The volume was 168 cc minimum, with a maximum of 174 c. The valve diameter had a 2.25-inch intake and a 1.94-inch exhaust. The fuel system used two four-barrel Carter AFB carburetors.

Read more: 426 HEMI Engine Specs |



830 HP 737 TQ



T6 Chassis cab DRW configuration is 9900lb tow. It's only available via special order at the moment.

I do not expect the 3.2 liter diesel to get 30 MPG in the transit. Our urea injection tech along with worse aerodynamics will guarantee that.

One last thing of note. The Ecoboost engines get great fuel economy when unloaded and fair fuel economy when loaded down. The diesel models do not lose anywhere as much fuel economy when loaded. A perfect example is the 3.5 liter ecoboost F150 22MPG unloaded, 10-12 MPG when towing 8000lbs. The T6 Ranger with the 3.2 liter unloaded usually gets 27MPG, Loaded at 7000lbs still gets 23MPG. Another great example is the Dodge Cummins diesel. 18MPG unloaded, 16MPG at 80% CGVW.

Diesels usually are worth every penny when you load the vehicle down frequently.

The Transit has been Europe's best seller for years and has gotten high praise.

-This isn't Europe jerkoff. This is the United States Of America! My dad didn't die fighting for this country for some pos Eurotrash van to take over our shores. I'm backing Chevrolet on this one. Not on their bailout, not on their pathetically Mexican made Silverado, not on any of their sell out imports but on this van they have my support. I think these Euro vans look like garbage. Give me a traditional American van any day. I am Beyond sick of this country selling out.

People go to war to fight over cars? I thought the "war room" was only a figurative thing on this website.

It's not European. It was developed in part by Ford in the United States. This version will be built in Kansas City, Missouri.

@Rambo Goat Herder AKA Flambo - what kind of mpg did that legendary hemi achieve? How much CO2 does that sucker pump into the air?
If it was the best engine ever, why isn't it still offered in current production vehicles?
426 Hemi Elephant block
"The street Hemi version was rated at 425 bhp (316.9 kW)(Gross) with two Carter AFB carburetors. In actual dynomometer testing, it produced 433.5 horsepower and 472 lb·ft (640 N·m) torque in purely stock form.[4] Interestingly, Chrysler's sales literature[5] published both Gross and Net HP ratings for 1971 (425 Gross HP and 350 Net HP.)"
2012 - 5.7 Hemi produced 390 horsepower and 407 lb-ft of torque
What were the reported specs on the 2013 5.7 engine?
6.1 hemi - 425 horsepower (317 kW) at 6200 rpm and 420 lb·ft (569 N·m)
6.4 Hemi - Output is 470 hp (350 kW) and 470 lb·ft (637 N·m)

How do you argue against these newer Chrysler engines?

They all are more reliable, more powerful, and more efficient than the 426.
Like I said earlier - how manufacturer's tested and reported hp changed. Those ratings for the 426 would actually be less than current ratings for current engines.

Poor Flambo - your hemi bubble has burst.

@KeithSchuler - I wonder how long it will take for GMC to bring over their European vans.
A rebadged Vauxhaul van or maybe Opel van may be in your future.
That is the way business now works. Greedy governments, unions, and business have sold the middle class down the river all in the name of money.

Global economy.

You have my sympathies and it is commendable that your father made the ultimate sacrifice.

"T6 Chassis cab DRW configuration is 9900lb tow. It's only available via special order at the moment. "

Are you referring to the Global Ranger or another vehicle?

This thing looks like dog sh@T thanks for out of date euro trash Ford. Long live the E Series!

@Lou, Ram, the class leader, is taking out Chevy in 2013!


One tester reported:

Having now driven the truck, the shifter knob isn’t weird at all. I backed the 5.7 that I drove into a parking space to see if I could shift without looking, and I had no problem. It takes far less time to get used to than the joystick shift pattern in the Charger/300/GC/etc.

I am glad to have cleared that up for you!

These new Ram trucks are awesome in every way. It's tempting me to trade in my perfectly good 2003 Dodge Ram. This was a model refresh, WOW. They did a great job. Congrats to the RAM
brand. I have a lot to look forward to.

@Lou, This is all the proof I need. 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 with Fuel Saver Technology and variable-valve timing (VVT) provides 395 horsepower, 407 lb.-ft. of torque and best-in-class fuel economy for V-8 trucks, beating competitive turbo V-6 engines.

@Lou, I love how you switch from ford to G.M. when ever you think It will help your argument. How funny! You are pathetic Louis.
What does Ford or Chevy have that match the horsepower and fuel efficiency of the legendary Chrysler 5.7 Hemi?

Suck it Ford bois, You aint got nothing on Ram. Once you get your head out of your Ford dealers pants you will figure it out.LOL You got beat period. Your little V6 Booster aint gunna cut it. Your sorry 5.0 aint getting it done either.LOL.

Better luck in 2015 DORF Kool Aid fan bois. You SUCK!

3rd place makes people get angry. Sorry fiat ram guys but yes 3rd place is where you will stay. The new gm trucks will make sure of that, this so funny!

Boy the Goat herders are out in full force on this article and the GM twin articles. I guess either they have to prove something or they are trying to get the rest of us so sick of Ram that we would never want to look at Ram. I was becoming more receptive to Chrysler products but now I am so sick of the Ram spammers and their idiotic postings that I would buy anything else but Chrysler. Go crawl back under your rocks.

Meanwhile... while the Ford and Chevy fan's wait for 2014 &
Until then ford & Chevy will take a back seat to the refreshed 2013 Ram.

All Guts=395HP

All Glory=with all of it's awards 5.7L wards 10 best 6x 5x in a row. 3.6 pentastar wards 10 best 3x in a row. Truck of Texas. Motortrends truck of the year. etc.. etc...

Let the ass kicking commence!!!!


@jeff S. The Ram is not a GOAT it's a BIG HORN SHEEP.

@Lou, The Ram Promaster will go on sale real soon in the third quarter of 2013!

@ K: Bah ha ha ha! Those new ugly brick shaped GMs will do WHAT? Who is going to buy them? They have a face only a mother could love! Aero dynamic work was done? Yeah, right! Did they do much of anything out of the ordinary for them? About the biggest thing they did was direct injection. I coulda used the step in the bumper today, but managed just fine. Not worth buying it for those two things! I am sure they will continue taking the most of MSRP just to move the new GMs!

I hope they actually put the rated weight in this and try it like they they did the Caravan.

The 1.6 Ecoboost sucked a bit more gas then the bigger 4 cylinders in Motor Trends test of best sellers! Oh, that's PREMIUM gas in it, not regular. Another 30 or so cents higher per gallon.

Jeff S, if a few posts on here bug you so much out of buying something, I would question what makes you make decisions on what to buy.

Jeff S, GUTS

Not a fan of the design of these OLD European Ford's.

We are happy with the full size Ford vans they have currently,we had old Dodge B-Series vans and when they went to the Sprinter we didnt even bother with them.GM will be the van of choice from now on.


@Hemi V8
I'd rather be a goat than a sheep. We have millons of them in Australia and they a really dumb fcuks. At least goats are a little smarter:)

@Dr Lane Schmuck
WFT? What basis can you make an ignorant comment like that?

@TRX4 Tom --Reliability and price and not comments from mindless fanboys determine my purchase choices.

@Big Al from Oz-I would much rather get the fanboys' goat than be a sheep. It takes less brain matter to be a follower and to espouse stupid advertising slogans. Anyway I don't find it glorious to drive a truck around with guts hanging all over it particularily if you use that truck to ram things with.

Most of these fanboys have no use for a van and these vans will be of more interest to commercial users which are less concerned about looks and more concerned about function. Also these vans have a proven track record in the rest of the World and that is all that really matters.

@ KeithSchuler

While I am sure you were trying to make a point on your preference in style and engineering location (Europe versus US) calling me names when I mentioned that Ford has a best seller with high praise does nothing to further your cause.

I assume that if your father died in WWII then you must be into your 70's and I'd expect you to act like a civlized adult.

I am not a big fan of the style of the van either. As a matter of fact I have yet to see one of these vans that I do like style wise but I can certainly see that they are very capable and have a tremendous track record. I wish Ford success as well as GM, Chrysler and the other auto makers building vehicles in this country since the US could use a shot in the arm in the skilled manufacturing sector right now.

@Jeff S: From the comment you made here, it sure sounded like it wouldn't matter how reliable, affordable, or how good the performance, if you got tired of seeing somebody write some of the junk they write.

@TRX4 Tom --Believe what you want, I comparative shop on anything I buy and that applies to not just trucks. I could just as easily own a American, Japanese, or Korean brand. TRX4 Tom I thought you were a Toyota fan and not a Ram fan?

@ howam00 --Agree, I am not a big fan of the Euro styling either but commercial users care more about versatility and function and these vans appear to meet those objectives. I too care more about American jobs and it is just a matter of time till GM release their European vans in NA.

To those that are stating the 1.6L Ecoboost requires premium, you perhaps should look again. Yes, many cars with forced induction require high octane gas to avoid detonation. However, the Ecoboost engines are direct injected which allows them to run boost without high octane gas. The 1.6L Ecoboost in the Fusion is rated for Regular Unleaded just like the 3.5L Ecoboost in the F150.

all i want is a vehicle that gives me 30mpg, can carry tools, materials and a crew and starts every time i turn the key, if the new dodge van promaster can do that the sign me up, days of being first off at the light are behind us now. does any one remember when diesel was a buck under regular, now its 50cents over hi test

If you guys think the 3.2 is not enough power your crazy. My 2012 truck at work weighs 32000lbs and is powered by a 250hp cummins. 200 is plenty quit being a typical redneck american

I want a four wheel drive Sprinter. This is available in Europe, but not in the US. Why not in the US? The US gov't. The 4 wheel drive Sprinter does not comply with the US regulations. It is not possible to build a 4 wheel drive Spinter that can comply with US regulations. Auto makers cannot build vehicles that consumers want, but must build vehicles that the gov't allows. There is no free market.

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