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Ford promises 13pc fuel saving from new Transit

Ford has unveiled a range of Transit vans powered by a new 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine at The Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham.

Ford EcoBlue diesel engine for TransitIt reckons that the EcoBlue engine enhances fuel efficiency by up to 13 per cent compared with the outgoing 2.2-litre TDCi engine.

And it anticipates a fuel cost saving of up to £1,250 over 80,000 miles for the operator of a new 105 PS Transit Custom van compared with the previous 100 PS model.

The two-tonne Transit and one-tonne Transit Custom vehicles are core models within Ford’s renewed Transit range, which also includes the smaller all-new Transit Connect and Transit Courier vans.

“The challenge was to take our best-selling Transit and make it cheaper to operate, improve performance, cleaner in terms of emissions, quieter in the cabin, safer and even more durable,” said Pete Reyes, Ford of Europe’s head of commercial vehicles. “That’s exactly what we did with the new Transit and Transit Custom with the all-new Ford EcoBlue engine.”

To help achieve the Euro VI emissions standards, the 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel has an optimised combustion system with selective catalytic reduction exhaust gas after-treatment using AdBlue.

The Transit and Transit Custom models are offered in 105 PS, 130 PS and 170 PS power ratings, each of which offers increased power and torque compared to the outgoing 2.2-litre engine. Ford says it has also improved the low-end pulling power – with 20 per cent more torque at 1,250 rpm.