If you're not yet familiar with the 2017 Ford Transit, you certainly will be before too much longer. The Transit is a cargo van and wagon available in a wide variety of lengths, sizes and configurations, and it certainly had a tough act to follow when it was called upon to finally succeed the legendary E-series/Econoline. However, it was never really going to a problem for a van with this sort of pedigree. Although the Transit name would have been virtually unknown here before it was launched here just a couple of years ago, it's no exaggeration to say it's at least as famous in the UK and the rest of Europe as the likes of the Mustang and Corvette are over here. Since as long ago now as 1965 when it was launched in Europe, Transit has pretty much been the first name in cargo vans, so it was always going to be a success when it was finally introduced over here by Ford.

Even though the nameplate has been in production for more than half a century now, the current 2017 Ford Transit is still only representing the fourth-generation of this astonishingly successful vehicle. For the 2017 model year, the Transit benefits from a number of enhancements across its lineup that have been designed to make these vehicles that are so trusted and relied upon by fleet and small business customers, even more flexible than before.

This year sees the Transit range offering buyers a stunning choice of 64 different configurations, which is an increase of six from the 58 offered last year, and its best-in-class flexibility has helped it quickly become the best-selling commercial van in the United States. A number of new optional features, such as low-profile center consoles and power running boards, have now been made available to help users tailor the Transit even more perfectly to the needs of their particular business.

Among the newly introduced configurations is the 2017 Ford Transit 350 regular-wheelbase van, chassis cab and cutaway with single rear wheels and a 9,500-pound GVWR. The familiar 3.7-liter engine now becomes a standard feature with dual-rear wheel van and wagon models, which effectively lowers the base price and delivers the option of CNG or LPG capability.

There are now three different engines in the 2017 Ford Transit lineup, which all strike a balance between capability and that all-important fuel-efficiency. The range of powerplants starts off with a 3.7-liter Ti-VCT V-6 developing 275 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, while the middle of the three options is a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 producing 310 horsepower and an impressive 400 lb.-ft. of torque.

Those familiar with diesel engines in pickups might be little surprised that the 3.2-liter Power Stroke inline-five turbo diesel offers 185 horsepower and a relatively mild 350 lb.-ft. of torque. But where diesels in trucks are all about grunt and capability, putting a diesel in a cargo van is a lot more about fuel economy than it is about all out capability. The EPA doesn't give the usual estimated figures for this engine as it's only available for long-wheelbase models, but expect it to return somewhere in the region of 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.

Source: http://www.ford.com/trucks/transitvanwagon/trim/van/