For 2014, the Ford Transit van will be available with a 5-cylinder PowerStroke diesel engine. The 3.2 liter, which has been in use in other markets outside North America, is rated at 197 horsepower and 347 lb-ft. of torque. Its introduction into the North American market will make it the only 5-cylinder diesel engine available.
Ford promises that the new engine will have 90 percent of its peak torque available throughout engine speed ranges from 1700 to 3500 rpm. That means drivers will benefit from the engine’s torque in a variety of driving and load conditions. The new diesel will provide a smoother, more fuel efficient alternative for fleet operators and reduce operating costs. Urea injection will reduce emissions of nitrous oxides, for cleaner operation as well. For even greener alternatives, Ford says that the engine will be compatible with 20 percent biodiesel (B20) fuel sources. It will also feature a diesel particulate filter that is designed to trap particulates before they can reach the exhaust.
Ford’s 3.2 liter PowerStroke diesel uses direct fuel inject with variable-diameter turbocharger nozzle for more efficient boost and quicker response when that extra engine power is needed. Noise is reduced thanks to engine calibration that limits the stereotypical diesel clatter present in diesel engines past. Western Canadian drivers will be glad to know that the PowerStroke diesel assures quick starts at temperatures as low as 25°F. Built with a dual overhead cam, four valves-per cylinder design, this diesel engine features aluminum cylinder heads and sophisticated engineering.
As with other engine offerings for the Transit van, Ford’s PowerStroke 3.2L diesel option will be mated with a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine will be built in South Africa and shipped to North American assembly plants. The 2014 Ford Transit van is scheduled to be available later this year.