These pre-production 2015 Ford Transit vans were spotted in Colorado waiting for some high altitude road tests. Seen here are two of a multiple versions that will be available: a long wheelbase high roof passenger setup and a shorter cargo version with the standard roof height.
Transits are replacing the all too familiar Ford Econoline that has been available in the U.S.A. since 1961. Around the globe the Transit has been in use since 1965, giving both vans rich heritage.
Here is a basic rundown from the long list of options that are available to a Transit van buyer.
The three available engines are:
- 266 hp – 3.7L V6 (E85 flex-fuel, CNG, and LPG capable)
- 320 hp / 400 lb-ft – 3.5L EcoBoost V6
- 346 lb-ft – 3.2L turbo-diesel I5
All engines are equipped with rear wheel drive and a 6-speed automatic. There will be three variations of roof heights and wheelbase lengths available. The people hauler version will have up to a 15 passenger capacity. Base models include A/C, 3 power 12v outlets, and a stereo.
It will be interesting to see how well the public receives the new Transit after such a long use of the Econoline. But with the success of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Nissan NV, and the new Ram Promaster – Ford should do quite well.
The all new 2015 Ford Transit is set to go on sale the summer of 2014 and will be built near Kansas City. As a matter of fact, a configuration tool is already available on Ford’s website.
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