MUNICH – Ford unveils new versions of its Transit 2-ton and Transit Custom vans powered by the all-new, downsized 2.0L EcoBlue turbodiesel engine developed by the same engineering team responsible for the successful Ecoboost gasoline mill.

The EcoBlue TDCi is compliant with Euro VI emissions standards taking effect in Europe in September, using selective catalytic technology to reduce oxides of nitrogen emissions 55% from existing Euro V standards. Ford says the Transit Custom with the optional start-stop feature produces 157 g/km of carbon dioxide, down from 182 g/km in the current 2.2L TDCi model.

The EcoBlue is assembled in the same Dagenham, U.K., plant where the EcoBoost engine is built and has undergone 3.4 million miles (5.5 million km) of testing by Ford. Another 250,000 miles (402,500 km) later were driven by Transit customers for everyday use.

“The new engine has been developed with the latest turbocharging, fuel injection, combustion system, structural design and low-friction technologies to deliver significant improvements in fuel efficiency, performance and operating refinement, while delivering the outstanding durability and low cost of ownership demanded for a Transit power unit,” the automaker says.

The 2.0L EcoBlue engine will be offered for Transit 2-ton and Transit Custom models, in 105-, 130- and 170-hp power ratings, each of which offers increased power and torque compared with the outgoing 2.2L engine.

Operating costs of the new Transit vans drop as periodic maintenance intervals are extended to two years or 37,000 miles (60,000 km). Fuel consumption in different versions of the Transit Custom range from 36.2-39.2 mpg (6.5-6.0 L/100 km), and from 24.2-34.1 mpg (9.7-6.9 L/100 km) in different Transit 2 iterations.

“EcoBlue engine offers improved low-end pulling power, with 20% more torque at 1,250 rpm, delivering more flexible and responsive performance in everyday driving,” Ford says.