Ford Tourneo Custom Concept
When the 2013 Ford Transit was announced as a replacement for the long-in-tooth E-Series late last year, details on the new van were slim. Now we're starting to get some concrete info about Ford's new people-hauler, namely that it will launch with Ford's 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6 -- the same engine currently found in multiple Ford offerings, including the F-150.
The announcement was made at the National Truck Equipment Association Work Truck show in Indianapolis. Ford divulged just one specific detail on the Transit EcoBoost: It will be a rear-drive model. We don't yet know if all-wheel drive will be an option.
We do know that the U.S.-spec Transit is likely to be called the T-Series. It will be built at Ford's Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri, with production starting later this year. Though we don't know the transmission options or power specs for the Transit's EcoBoost, it is unlikely to deviate much from the F-150's, which has become a popular option for Ford truck buyers.
In the F-150, the engine is paired to a six-speed automatic good for 365 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. Exterior styling will bear elements of Ford's "kinetic design" language, and shouldn't be wildly different from that of the Ford Tourneo Custom Concept Ford is unveiling at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.