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.
|3.5L Duratec V6
|275 @ 6,500 RPM
|262 @ 3,750 RPM
|3.5L EcoBoost V6
|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.