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Ford Transit Diesel EcoBlue Engine Scrapped For U.S. Market: Exclusive

Over a year ago, Ford announced that it would offer its 2.0L EcoBlue Bi-Turbo diesel engine in the U.S.-market Ford Transit late in the 2020 model year. However, Ford Authority has now learned that the engine never came to be, and will never come to be. In fact, not a single Ford Transit EcoBlue diesel was produced for the U.S.

According to Ford commercial spokesperson, Elizabeth Kraft, the coronavirus pandemic put a delay on the production of the Ford Transit EcoBlue diesel. Then, as production was delayed, Ford determined that there would not be enough market demand to justify bringing it stateside. Now, the team has shifted to focus on the all-electric E-Transit, which is scheduled to launch in late 2021.

The 2.0L EcoBlue Bi-Turbo diesel that was planned for the Transit is the same engine used in the Ford Ranger Raptor and European Transit. In the latter model, it produces 170 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque, while offering a more fuel-efficient alternative to gas-powered models.

Now that the Ford Transit diesel has been canceled for the U.S., the 2021 Transit will continue to be offered with two gasoline engines – Ford’s 3.5L Duratec V6, which produces 275 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, as well as its 3.5L EcoBoost V6, which is rated at 310 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque.

2021 Ford Transit Engines - U.S.
Engine Transmission Compression Ratio Horsepower Torque
3.5L Duratec V6 10-speed automatic 11.8:1 275 @ 6,500 RPM 262 @ 3,750 RPM
3.5L EcoBoost V6 10-speed automatic 10.0:1 310 @ 5,000 RPM 400 @ 2,500 RPM

In addition, as we recently reported, the 2021 Transit will be available with three new and improved option packages – an updated Transit Motorhome Prep Package for cutaway, the new RV Prep Package for cargo van, and a new Adventure Prep Package for cargo or crew van – all designed to appeal to the burgeoning van and recreational vehicle market.

2021 Ford Transit production begins this fall at the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri.

We’ll have much more on the Transit very soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Transit news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. crabbymilton

    Well gee that lasted about 5 minutes. I was wondering about what was going on not seeing that engine in the current specs for the TRANSIT. Blaming the pooh flu is just an excuse not to get on the stick. Why not use the 3.0L V6 diesel in the F150? Too bad CUMMINS discontinued the ISV 5.0L V8. A detuned version of that would have worked too.


    Maybe this diesel never came, but we certainly had diesel transits. It wasn’t remotely clean. My company has 8 gas and one diesel and that thing smells terrible. Being within 10′ of it running for even 30 seconds will give you a terrible headache while the gas transits won’t do that

  3. Bernie

    Well, these transits are affordable, but I can see why people will spend a bit more to buy Mercedes vans. Why? The people who knows anything about diesel will buy diesel. There’s pros & cons with everything, but the pros about diesel outweighs the cons compared to gas. I’m talking about power to haul, distance driving & the amount of PM. As for as going the electric route, it needs to be like or be better than Tesla. Meaning, driving more than 400 miles in 1 charge, charging it from almost empty to full in 30 minutes, & turbo charging stations everywhere. Obviously, there’s always room for improvements.

  4. Josh D.

    I’m disappointed to hear this.
    I own a 2016 Transit diesel 12 passenger van and wanted to trade for a newer model… I’ve had enough problems with the van, that other than the diesel engine, there was really only one additional item pulling me back to Ford…. I will be shopping other manufacturers now.

  5. Bernie

    Hey Ford!!! Now that the economy is slowing opening up & hopefully your jobs are not given to China, when will the mass production of Diesel engines begin???

  6. Livingston morrison

    I have been waiting to a eco blue diesel
    Only to learn it is not coming again so when it is it coming.i am still waiting.

  7. Jr

    The only problem about Mexico (and nothing towards Mexico) the Chinese took over those plants in Mexico as soon as we left. Checkout Valuetainment on youtube. He interviewed this guy who’s an expert on the cartels & the Narcos. He mentions it because it was related to jobs & the immigrants wanting to come to the US. He also mentions modern slavery is happening now. Saying that Gavin Newsom groves that had oranges, grapes, & whatever stayed open while all the other farms & groves were closed due to covid. The slavery he mentions is about all the illegals working really hard for cheap at Gavin Newsom’s grove.

  8. Tom

    Your all absolutely right , whats up with Ford, I have both a Sprinter and a Transit and I like the Transit, but, not with the gas engine, plus getting off the subject a bit, what the hell is Ford engineers thinking with putting the Tubos where they did on the eco boost. You got to lift the engine to rerplace them. What bone heads. The Sprinters in then perfect place

  9. Daniel Pam

    I have been waiting and making trips to Ford dealership , hoping for news… guess it’s Mercedes for me too.

  10. bruce leman

    Been living the movie Ford vs Mercedes diesel vans killing coemption hands down. Just like Ford vs Ferrari Dickheads at Ford warranty’s and incompetent mechanics holding me back.


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