Ford has unveiled full details about the all-new 2015 Transit, which delivers over 46 % better fuel economy than Ford E-Series and offers Ford van customers more choices and capability than ever.

2015 Ford Transit hits the US market and Canadian dealerships this summer and will replace the America's best-selling van for 35 years, E-Series, first sold in 1961 as Ford Econoline.

"We are excited to serve our fleet and commercial customers in North America with the all-new Transit," commented Kumar Galhotra, Ford vice president, Engineering.

"Transit is Built Ford Tough and represents One Ford at its best, building on lessons learned from our decades of leadership in the commercial vehicle markets in the United States and Europe.", he added.

The engine range includes a 3.7 liter V6 engine as well as a 3.5 liter EcoBoost and a 3.2 liter Power Stroke diesel.

The 3.5 liter EcoBoost unit boasts 14 mpg US in city and 19 mpg US on the highway. The improved gas mileage translates to fuel savings as high as $1,700 annually, based on EPA data. The power is 310HP (228 kW) and 540Nm (400 lb-ft) of torque - best in class among full-size vans – making Transit an excellent choice for those whose work requires extra cargo-hauling capability.

The 3.7 liter V6 get a 14 mpg US in city and 19 mpg highway EPA-estimated rating. Fuel savings for customers could be as much as $650 a year, according to EPA estimates.

The 3.2 liter Power Stroke five-cylinder diesel engine provides 90 percent of its peak torque from 1,500RPM. Quick-start glow plugs offer fast startups at temperatures as low as 10 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. A variable geometry turbocharger helps deliver quick power.

Horsepower (hp) at RPM Torque (lbs.-ft.) at RPM
3.7L V6 with Ti-VCT 275 @ 6,000 260 @ 4,000
3.5L V6 EcoBoost 310 @ 5,500 400 @ 2,500
3.2L Power Stroke Five-Cylinder 185 @ 3,000 350 @ 1,500–2,500

Transit van delivers as much as 4,650 lbs of maximum payload capacity – more than competing vans from General Motors and Chrysler. Maximum payload increases at least 600 pounds across all sizes of Transit vans versus comparable E-Series vans. Transit delivers a maximum towing capacity of 7,500 lbs.

Towing and hauling are made easy by the standard 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission. It features selectable tow/haul mode to compensate for grade and load, while also reducing gear hunting when towing or hauling heavy cargo.

A compressed natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas prep package is available on Transit when equipped with the 3.7 liter V6 engine.

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Source: Ford