The Ford Motor Company rumor mill has been churning. We had heard that in addition to the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, the Transit cargo van might be getting a diesel offering of some sort.
An anonymous tipster who used to work for the Blue Oval confirmed that the U.S. version will definitely get Ford's 3.2-liter I-5 Duratorq diesel.
Ford, of course, declined to comment on the engine the Duratorq Transit will get. That's ok. We already know that it's rated at 200 hp with 347 ft. lbs. of torque, and stands a good chance of giving Transits better gas mileage than we've seen in cargo vans thus far.
We've already been told in no uncertain terms that the U.S. Transit will be strictly rear wheel drive, without any of the cool front and all wheel drive layouts available on the European models. Again I ask, why do Europeans get to have all the fun? Didn't we win World War II for them or something? Well, they do pay an awful lot for fuel.
But every cloud has a silver lining: we will get to build our own Transits, at a plant in Kansas City, Mo. So whoever wins the White House this fall will get to brag about that.
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