Photo courtesy of Ford.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

According to Ford Motor Company, the MY-2015 Ford Transit will deliver as much as 46 percent better gas mileage than the Ford E-Series van, as well as best-in-class gas engine torque and cargo capacity.

With the Transit hitting dealerships for the first time in U.S. and Canadian this summer, Ford has invited members of the press to test the Transit’s capabilities first-hand at its manufacturing plant in Kansas City. The Transit will be offered in van, wagon, chassis cab, and cutaway body styles; three body lengths; and two wheelbases for van and wagon; along with three roof heights and XL and XLT trim levels.

“We are excited to serve our fleet and commercial customers in North America with the all-new Transit,” said Kumar Galhotra, Ford vice president, engineering. “Transit is Built Ford Tough and represents One Ford at its best, building on lessons learned from our decades of leadership in the commercial vehicle markets in the United States and Europe.”

The Transit low- and medium-roof regular wheelbase wagons, which come standard with a 3.7L V6, offer a 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway EPA-estimated rating. According to EPA estimates, this could save customers as much as $650 a year in fuel costs.

The 3.5L EcoBoost also offers a gas engine torque rating of 400 lb.-ft. The 3.5L EcoBoost engine’s low-end torque and 310 hp result from its suite of technologies, including direct injection and twin turbocharging.

The Transit will also deliver as much as 4,650 pounds of maximum payload capacity across all sizes of Transit vans versus comparable E-Series vans, with a maximum towing capacity of 7,500 pounds.

Originally posted on Automotive Fleet