Ford will bring a diesel engine to market next year, though F-150 buyers shouldn’t get excited – yet. The new 5-cylinder oil burner will come under the hood of the Blue Oval’s new Transit commercial van.
Currently sold overseas in the global Ford Ranger, the new Power Stroke 3.2-liter diesel makes 97 hp and 347 lb-ft of torque, as rated in Europe, though no official US specs have been announced.
“Commercial van drivers spend most of their working hours behind the wheel. We know they want a fuel-efficient diesel engine with smooth, responsive performance and low operating costs,” said Joe Bakaj, VP of Powertrain Engineering at Ford. “The 3.2-liter Power Stroke engine has been developed and proven globally to deliver a world-class combination of power, fuel economy and refinement.”
When it goes on sale next year as a 2014 model, the Transit commercial van will also be available with Ford’s twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost gasoline engine.
Ford has not announced if the new diesel engine will be offered in any additional North American products.