2014 Ford Transit van will come with 3.2-liter diesel five-cylinder engine in U.S.

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More miles per gallon for the new 2014 Ford Transit van. The every small business van will get a 3.2-liter diesel five-cylinder engine in the U.S. That means more fuel saving for the little guys. The latest Ford Transit with a diesel engine is already on sale in other markets, but now the company has just confirmed for the North American market.

The new 2014 Ford Transit van will mark the return of a diesel engine here in the U.S. since it was phased out in 2010 for the full-size E-Series van with the 6.0-liter Power Stroke V8 engine. Unlike your father’s diesel engines, the 3.2-liter turbo diesel features state-of-the-art piezoelectric fuel injectors fed through a high-pressure common rail fuel system, and advanced emissions technologies. These technologies maximize fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. Although Ford hasn’t released specs for the 3.2-liter I5 Power Stroke engine, we expect that it will have similar power ratings as the European version, which is rated at 197 horsepower and 347 pound-feet of torque, with 90 percent of the engine’s torque available between 1,700 rpm and 3,500 rpm. In addition, the new Power Stroke diesel engine can be run on B20 biodiesel fuel as well.

“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.”

In addition to the diesel engine, the 2014 Ford Transit van will be available with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, if diesel fuel isn’t your cup of tea. Both of the diesel and gasoline engines will be available with the same six-speed automatic transmission. So how much fuel saving are we talking about? Stay tuned on this post, we’ll have more details on that later on.

Update: 12/14/2012

The all-new 2014 Ford Transit van now comes with a choice of multiple lengths and three roof heights to provide full-size to suit your business needs. It can be configured precisely with a combination of these choices. The high-roof is interiorly measured at 81.5 inches, which is enough headroom for a person six feet, five inches tall to stand upright in the cargo area (enough room to easily fit up to 15 people). 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. In addition, the interior has been developed for easy fitting of racks, bins, and shelving. The rear cargo doors can now open up to 270 degrees for easy loading and unloading.