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More details have been released regarding the full-size 2013 Ford Transit van, which will partially replace the discontinued E-series. In Ford F-150 fashion, the new Transit van will also provide the option of a robust twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine, good for 365-hp and 420 lb.-ft. of torque.
The new full-size Ford van will be built upon an especially versatile platform that is designed to manage either a front-, rear-, or all-wheel-drive layout. Ford says that the 3.5-liter V6 will be available in rear-wheel-drive, while a naturally aspirated engine will be used for the all-wheel-drive variant. It is likely that Ford will forgo the front-wheel-drive option in the North American Market.
When compared to its future competitor, Nissan NV, the EcoBoost Ford Transit enjoys a hefty bump in horsepower over its rival’s 317-hp and 385 lb.-ft. of torque from a 5.6-liter V8. Despite the smaller displacement and two less cylinders, the EcoBoost Transit is expected to achieve comparable EPA figures to the Nissan NV.
The upcoming Ford Transit is expected to hit the market in 2013, stay tuned for more details in the meant time.
GALLERY: Ford Transit
Ford has refuted rumors that the E-Series Econoline vans would be discontinued when the Transit hit the market by confirming that they’ll continue producing the E-Series through the better part of the next decade.
The newspaper, USA Today, originally suggested that Ford would drop the E-Series when the European-designed Transit goes on sale in 2013. Ford however confirmed that they’ll continue manufacturing the cutaway vans and motorhome chassis at their Ohio assembly plant but the Transit will replace the passenger and cargo vans.
[Source: Left Lane News]