Ford just got through unveiling the new Ford Transit and Transit Custom with an all-new 2.0-liter EcoBlue diesel engine at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham, UK. With a completely reworked architecture, and all the latest innovations in turbocharging, fuel-injection, and low-friction design, the new EcoBlue diesel promises stronger performance with more durability, refinement, reduced operation and maintenance costs, and up to 13 percent better fuel efficiency.
Like the 2.2-liter turbo-diesel it replaces, the new EcoBlue available in the Ford Transit and Transit Custom is offered in three different output levels. The approximate power and torque figures of each is shown in the table below, next to figures for the equivalent version of the outgoing 2.2L.
|New 2.0-Liter EcoBlue||Outgoing 2.2-liter TDCi|
|105HP / 265 lb-ft||100HP / 230 lb-ft|
|130HP / 285 lb-ft||125HP / 260 lb-ft|
|170HP / 300 lb-ft||155HP / 285 lb-ft|
Despite the increased output of the Ford Transit range’s new EcoBlue diesel, CO2 emissions have been reduced while fuel efficiency has improved. A 2016 Ford Transit equipped with the new 2.0-liter mill can achieve up to 42.8 miles-per-gallon with the available Auto Start-Stop feature; a Transit Custom optioned with the same engine is capable of up to 46.3 mpg.
Said Ford Europe Head of Commercial Vehicles Pete Reyes: “The challenge was to take our best-selling Transit and make it cheaper to operate, improve performance, cleaner in terms of emissions, quieter in the cabin, safer and even more durable. That’s exactly what we did with the new Transit and Transit Custom with the all-new Ford EcoBlue engine.”
In addition to the new diesel engine, the new Ford Transit and Transit Custom also feature improvements in the area of driver assistance, offering things like Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Traffic Sign Recognition. The van’s standard Electronic Stability Control has been updated, as well, boasting Side Wind Stabilization (applies the brakes on one side of the vehicle to counteract sudden gusts of side wind), Curve Control (slows the vehicle gradually and safely when it enters a bend too quickly), and Roll Stability Control (uses engine torque and braking to help prevent the vehicle from rolling over).