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    When the Ford Transit hits the streets in North America it will offer a 3.2-liter five-cylinder turbo diesel engine. This engine is not new however but it is reported that it will wear the Power Stroke badge. It has already been proven in other international markets since 2006 as the Duratorq in Ford Transit and Ford Ranger trucks. The engine will be a departure from the big V8 diesels which are popular here in the United States. Hopefully it will be much easier to service than the 6.0L was in the Econoline. In Europe it is rated at 197 HP and 347 lb.-ft. of torque although with Tier II/Bin5 tuning even with the SCR and DOC/DPF, expect a small fall-off from those healthy numbers. In Australia, the All-new Ranger equipped with the 3.2L I5 towed a 176 ton steam locomotive. Its fuel consumption in a combined cycle is among the leaders in this area, ranging from 28 mpgUS combined from the 4x2 to 24.5 mpgUS combined with the 4x4 model. Of course this is Australian fuel economy testing so knock off another 15% or more to "sort of" match up with ours? What it will provide however is exceptional fuel economy no matter how detuned it will be The 3.2L turbo diesel will features state-of-the-art piezoelectric fuel injectors fed through a high-pressure common rail fuel system, and advanced emissions technologies. Multiple injections within a single power stroke will lead to high power, low emissions, high fuel economy and reduced diesel clatter. Each injector nozzle has eight spray holes and can deliver up to five injections per combustion cycle. A pilot injection controls noise levels and a main injection is used for power generation. Tech Specs•Quick-start glow plugs that enable smooth and fast startups at temperatures down to 25 degrees F Durable, rigid sand-cast gray iron cylinder block •Aluminum cylinder heads with double overhead cams and four valves per cylinder •Advanced common rail piezoelectric fuel injectors that deliver multiple injections per stroke to improve performance and reduce NVH; maximum fuel pressure is 26,100 psi •Variable nozzle turbocharger with electronic actuation; maximum impellor speed of 197,800 rpm •First application of selective catalytic reduction for reduced nitrogen oxide emissions in a Ford van •Integrated diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) and diesel particulate filter (DPF) to save space •Expected to be B20 biodiesel compatible Additionally, the engine features cast-aluminum, low-friction coated pistons with piston-cooling jets, which squirt oil on the underside of the pistons to keep the piston crowns cool under extreme operating conditions. Also included is a water-cooled high-performance electric-controlled exhaust gas recirculation valve that is better able to withstand coolant pressure drops. The 3.2L Power Stroke will be mated to the same 6R80 six-speed automatic transmission that Ford uses in the 3.5L EcoBoost equipped F-150. With a flat torque curve with 90 percent of its peak torque is available from 1,700 to 3,500 rpm, Transit will be able to effortlessly haul cargo and tow effortlessly. Ford says the 3.2L Power Stroke is manufactured at their Struandale Engine Plant in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. It will be exported to Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Mo. specifically for the all-new 2014 Transit. Now who will be the first to ask to see the same in the F-150, the Expedition, Edge and Explorer? Ok, maybe I will. Mike Levine, we want it in the F-150, the Expedition, Edge and Explorer

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