Ford Introduces Efficient New Engine for Transit Range

The all-new 2.0-litre EcoBlue

The all-new 2.0-litre EcoBlue

This week Ford pulled back the curtains on a brand new engine, promising to offer Transit drivers lower fuel consumption in combination with a reduction in harmful emissions.

The EcoBlue power plant has been heavily optimised thanks to the introduction of fresh technologies and will appear both on the standard Transit range as well as vans which fall into the Transit Custom family.

This 2.0 litre diesel engine is intended to both replace and outdo the older 2.2 litre TDCi which used to be preferred for larger Transit models. With torque increased by 20 per cent, it should have even more pulling power at typical revs, making it good for hauling loads and overtaking trucks on the motorway.

Better for the Environment 

Ford spokesperson Jim Farley said that the new EcoBlue engine was intended to be the diesel-powered counterpart to its petrol-oriented EcoBoost range. With a ten per cent reduction in carbon emissions, the new Transit models which have it should be better for the environment and cheaper to fill up at the pump.

As well as ensuring that the fuel is burned in a cleaner way than before, the EcoBlue engine is also coupled with an updated exhaust infrastructure which allows harmful gasses to be filtered out more effectively. As such, it is compliant with Euro 6 emissions standards, easily outdoing the Euro 5 engines which came before.

This autumn the full force of Euro 6 regulations will be applied, meaning that all new vans will need to have engines that adhere to the rules. And with a growing emphasis on real-world testing, Ford and other manufacturers will need to work harder than ever to prove that their vehicles can live up to expectations.

A combination of advanced fuel injection and a cutting-edge turbocharger can help the smaller EcoBlue engine to exceed the performance levels which were available on older and larger power plants. It should also create less noise during operation, making the cab of the Transit a more pleasant place in which to spend time.

A Collaborative Effort

Engineers based in the UK and Germany worked together in order to create the EcoBlue engine. And it will be available with three different power outputs in its initial offering, with the potential for even more variants to arrive in the near future.

The Transit remains the UK’s best-selling van, meaning that any changes to the engine technology will have a big impact on the marketplace and enable more businesses to benefit from lower costs. It should also spur on Ford’s competitors, leading to the introduction of cleaner and more efficient diesel engines.

On the used market there are many different Euro 5-compliant Transit vans available to buy, offering the same reliability and affordable running costs as newer entrants in the range.

Economical van engines are common across the market at the moment. And while hybrid and full electric power trains are growing in popularity, the traditional combustion engine remains the first choice for most business buyers in the UK.

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