DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. will offer a clean-diesel engine when it introduces the full-sized Transit commercial van in the United States next year.
The new engine will join a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 gasoline engine in the 2013 Transit lineup. The Transit will replace Ford's venerable E series commercial van.
Kevin Koswick, Ford's director of North American fleet, lease and remarketing operations, announced the engine offering at an Automotive Press Association luncheon today in Detroit.
He declined to give details about the engine.
Ford already sells the Transit van in Europe with a lineup of 2.2-liter DuratorqTDCi four-cylinder diesel engines. Ford sells the Transit only with diesel engines in Europe.
Ford offers four versions of the 2.2-liter Duratorq diesel: 101 hp, 127 hp, 142 hp and 157 hp.
Ford offers the Transit in front-wheel-drive, rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions in Europe. In North America it will be rwd only.
Ford says the new Transit will achieve 25 percent better fuel economy than the outgoing E series. Ford will achieve the gains in fuel economy through a combination of new fuel technology and weight savings.
The Transit will be about 300 pounds lighter than its E series counterpart.
Ford has not sold a diesel engine in the E series since the 2009 model year, when it stopped offering a 6.0-liter Powerstroke diesel.
Ford will manufacture the Transit in Kansas City and will continue to make limited numbers of some E series van configurations at its Avon Lake, Ohio, factory into the middle of the decade, according to Mike Levine, a Ford spokesman.