These days, automatic transmissions with more than 6 speeds are becoming a familiar sight. We're now up to 10-speeds these days, and Ford has been busy giving its many of their latest models that upgrade. From the all-new Explorer, Expedition, Everest, Ranger, Ranger Raptor, and even the Mustang, this new automatic transmission is being paired to almost every vehicle they have.
This year, it's the Transit van's turn to get that 10-speed upgrade. It's fitted to the rear-wheel-drive version of the hauler, at least for the Euro-spec models. According to Ford, the new automatic has been specifically developed for heavy-duty applications while also improving fuel consumption.
When mated to the 170 PS, 2.0-liter EcoBlue turbo-diesel, Ford claims the 10-speed is capable of having an operating gross vehicle weight (GVW) from 3,500kg to 4,600kg. It can also be specified in various body styles like chassis cab, minivan, and van. The Transit can even tow up to 2,800 kg.
As for efficiency, Ford said that the transmission can consistently operate at peak efficiency and deliver a more responsive driving experience thanks to the ten gears. It also benefits from real-time adaptive shift technology which allows the gearbox to adapt to changing conditions. A variable vane pump, meanwhile, reduces parasitic losses, improves the power delivery, and makes for smoother acceleration.
Could the Ford Transit with a 10-speed automatic make its way here? It could if ever Ford decides to swap out the 2.2-liter Duratorq turbo-diesel for the more powerful 2.0-liter EcoBlue turbo-diesel for local-spec models. But until then, it looks like the Philippine models will continue to be powered by the 2.2-liter engine. We'd like to see Ford bring in the 10-speed automatic here too, as the local Transit only comes with a six-speed manual at the moment.