In 2014 -- after a career spanning nearly six decades -- the Ford Econoline van will cease production.
Beginning this summer, American buyers will get a taste of Europe's long-lived Transit van. Given its efficient roots, you shouldn't look for V8 power. Ford believes a 3.7-liter V6, a 3.2-liter turbo diesel inline-five, and a 3.5 EcoBoost V6 will suit the work van's needs, and deliver far superior fuel economy.
Buyers can choose between four highly customizable platforms:
- Transit Van for tradespeople and those with cargo to haul
- Transit Wagon for transporting up to XX people
- The Transit Chassis Cab (CC) and Transit Cutaway (CA) for customized applications
The Transit Van and Transit Wagon have three lengths:
- Regular 130-inch Wheelbase
- Long 148-inch Wheelbase
- Long 148-inch Wheelbase with Extended Body
With a few exceptions, they can be paired with one of three roof heights:
- Low: 83.6 inches
- Medium: 100.8 inches
- High: 110 inches
The Transit Chassis Cab and Transit Cutaway have a single roof height of 87.3 inches and three wheelbase options:
- Regular 138-inch Wheelbase
- Medium 156-inch Wheelbase
- Long 178-inch Wheelbase
Prices start just about $30,000.