It's been one of the most anticipated entries into the fullsize van market in recent memory, and production just kicked off earlier today at Ford's Kansas City Assembly Plant. Concurrent with the official start of production, Ford also flipped the switch on the online configurator, with a mind-boggling number of variations available, including van, wagon, cab-chassis, tall-roof, and three different powertrains.
Digging a little deeper on the configurator, we uncovered a few more highly anticipated specs on the Transit, namely output figures from the engines. The Transit's standard 3.7L DOHC V-6 produces 270 hp and 250 lb-ft in this application, down 32 hp and 28 lb-ft from the installation in the F-150. The 3.5L EcoBoost is also down from its rating in the F-150 but still plenty potent at 320 hp and 400 lb-ft. Finally, the 3.2L Power Stroke I-5 diesel, marketed outside the U.S. as the Duratorq, is rated at 190 hp and 346 lb-ft, close to its global rating of 197 hp and 347 lb-ft of torque. All three engines are mated to a mandatory six-speed automatic and, for the time being, all Transits are rear-wheel drive.
In terms of pricing, a bare-bones cutaway model starts at $27,955, including $995 in destination. A chassis-cab model with an enclosed cab ups the ante to $28,530, including destination. Stepping up to the van models, the basic XL cargo van rolls out at $30,560. The Wagon passenger version starts at $33,095. The EcoBoost V-6 adds $1,865 to the price, and the diesel adds a whopping $9,645 to the bottom line. The diesel also mandates a move to the longer-wheelbase model, which adds $3,650. If you want the super-long, extended-length model, be prepared to shell out an additional $10,115.
Although overall prices appear to be slightly less than the premium-priced Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, we were able to easily get a Transit above the $50,000 threshold, especially with the diesel option. You can virtually configure your 2015 Transit Van here, and chassis-cab or cutaway here.