Ford will soon become the first North American automaker to offer two different diesel engine options. These diesel engines will join the EcoBoost lineup. This confirms that Ford has the best engine lineup available.
The 2014 Ford Transit van will have a turbo-diesel option along with an EcoBoost according to a story on Pickuptrucks.com. The engine is a 3.2-liter inline-five engine that is currently being used in the "Global" Ford Ranger that isn't for sale in the U.S. Ford has yet to publish any data on well the engine will perform. Currently, there are some rumors on a Power Stroke forum that suggest it will get 23 mpg in a one-ton version. It could mirror the Ranger which is rated at 197 horsepower and 347 pounds-feet of torque according to press release.
Always the big question when it comes to diesel is how it will pass the EPA requirements. Ford plans to use "selective catalytic reduction and a particulate filter" which is similar to its Super Duty 6.7-liter Power Stroke.
Ford says the technical features will include:
- Quick-start glow plugs that enable smooth and fast startups at temperatures down to 25 degrees F
- Durable, rigid sand-cast gray iron cylinder block
- Aluminum cylinder heads with double overhead cams and four valves per cylinder
- Advanced common rail piezoelectric fuel injectors that deliver multiple injections per stroke to improve performance and reduce NVH; maximum fuel pressure is 26,100 psi
- Variable nozzle turbocharger with electronic actuation; maximum impellor speed of 197,800 rpm
- First application of selective catalytic reduction for reduced nitrogen oxide emissions in a Ford van
- Integrated diesel oxidation catalyst and diesel particulate filter to save space
- Expected to be B20 biodiesel compatible
The plan is to use the engine with the Ford 6R80 six-speed transmission. It will be built in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and imported to Ford's Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, MO.
One of the big questions for Ford fans has to be with the engine here, will the Ford Ranger come back to North America? That is very doubtful, yet if the new Chevy Colorado diesel sells well, you can bet Ford will take notice.