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2022 Ford Transit Drops The 3.31 Non-Limited And Limited Slip Rear Axles

The 2022 Ford Transit lineup will look considerably different than past iterations of the full-size van, mainly due to the availability of the all-new, 2022 Ford E-Transit. As Ford Authority previously reported, gasoline models will get their own changes too, as Sync 4 is set to become the dominant optional infotainment system for virtually every configuration available to order. Now, sources familiar with the 2022 Transit launch have informed us that The Blue Oval is dropping the 3.31 non-limited and limited slip rear axles from the lineup, which will leave two rear axle options in its place.

It is unclear how much of an impact the omission of the 3.31 rear axle will have for those interested in the 2022 Transit, as the non-limited and limited slip versions are currently optional on the 2021 Ford Transit, and offered solely on models equipped with the Ford 3.5L EcoBoost V6. That availability extends to all configurations too, and the 3.31 could not be paired with the Ford 3.5L Duratec V6 either. The lack of the optional 3.31 rear axle leaves the 3.73 and 4.10 to solider on in its place. In fact, the 3.73 is clearly the dominant rear axle in the lineup, being standard in non-limited and limited slip configurations on most Transit models, although Ford makes the 4.10 option widely available throughout the product range.

The Ford Transit is in its seventh year of production and is coming off a slight update for the 2020 model year, which saw the van gain all-wheel drive as an option. However, the Ford 2.0L EcoBlue bi-turbo diesel option, previously announced by Ford, never made it to North America. Instead, Ford Motor Company diverted the resources to bring to market the electric 2022 Ford E-Transit, which will arrive at dealerships nationwide later this year.

We’ll have more on the 2022 Transit soon, so subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford Transit news and continuous Ford news coverage.

Ed owns a 1986 Ford Taurus LX, and he routinely daydreams about buying another one, a fantasy that may someday become a reality.

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  1. Lee

    Hmm 🤔, looks like nobody cares. Surely someone has a nit to pick…Ford Owner, Mike says…

  2. Andy K

    Non-limited?? Ever heard of an open diff? Technicality notwithstanding, it isn’t even a word – the correct word would be unlimited.

    1. Edward Snitkoff

      Ford calls it a non-limited differential and has been for years.

    2. Cap

      I love when dumbasses get aggressive trying to look smart and just make themselves look like bigger dumbasses

  3. Ken Shouldice

    What is the difference between 3.31, 3.73 and 4.10 ratios? What is the advantage of one over the other?

  4. Robert

    Power vs fuel economy. The ecoboost has fantastic power and with the 3.31 gears it gets good fuel economy too. I average 17 miles per gallon in mine. You put a set of tall gears like 4.11 in there and that van will be a rocketship but fuel economy will suffer. Now that Ford is rolling out electric vehicles they aren’t as concerned with meeting c.a.f.e. corporate average fuel economy standards. The problem for me is that seeing the disaster that is the mach-e servicing, I think it may be premature to switch to all electric. Meanwhile the current president is doing everything he can to raise the price of gasoline. So before the pandemic my transit was costing me .10 per mile in fuel. Now it is getting close to .20 per mile. With the cost of electricity varying by state and time of day it is being used, “filling up” a 200 mile electric vehicle runs .05-.10 per mile. Then you need to factor in what the charging station will cost and how long it will last. The government wants the cost of gasoline high to make electric vehicles more appealing. I think it is ridiculous as the benefits of electric vehicles can stand on their own.

  5. Greg T

    The 3.31 would be the most likely to achieve the best fuel economy and also provide the least amount of ability to tow or accelerate quickly. The 3.31 would run lower RPMs at highway speeds. You would not want those gears with larger tires or for climbing steep grades.

  6. Doug Higbee

    Additionally, a higher aspect ratio will put less load on any given engine and in this case, have the TT3.5 produce less heat; something of an issue with weight-laden Transits. CAFE v warranty maybe?


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