Ford’s new Transit full-size van, which goes on sale late next year (2013), will be offered with a new clean-running 3.2-liter Power Stroke five-cylinder diesel engine. Ford says it will be the only five-cylinder diesel engine available in a commercial van in North America.
- While power has not been certified for North America, the new diesel engine is rated in Europe at 197 horsepower and 347 lb.-ft. of torque.
- Like the larger 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 offered in Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks, the fuel system has been carefully tailored and calibrated for combustion efficiency, enabling improved fuel-economy ratings without affecting power levels
- Engine features piezoelectric fuel injectors fed through a high-pressure common rail fuel system, along with advanced emissions technologies
- Precise injection timing and calibration also ensure 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
- Expected to be B20 biodiesel compatible
- With a flat torque plateau—90% of its peak torque is available from 1,700 to 3,500 RPM, providing better engine flexibility—Ford says the 2013 Transit will be able to effortlessly haul full loads in town and on the highway, while offering flexible performance across each gear in the six-speed automatic transmission