When we see 5.0 and Ford in the same sentence, the first thing that comes to mind is the Mustang. After all, those two things go together as well as peanut butter and jelly. Besides, the Mustang's five-liter V8 is imprinted in every muscle car fan's mind.
But this time around, we're talking about a different kind of Ford 5.0. It's for the Transit, and no, the van doesn't get that V8 engine under the hood. Instead, that number is for its GVM or Gross Vehicle Mass. Simply dubbed the 5.0-Ton Transit, it's built for heavy-duty purposes, and is available as a panel van or flatbed truck.
So why did Ford go out of their way to advertise its GVM? Simply put, the higher the GVM, the higher the payload capacity. Now, it doesn't mean this Transit can carry five tons on its back. It means that the van (or truck) can carry 2.3 tons (or 2.5 tons for the truck) on top of the vehicle's weight, which is approximately 2.5 to 2.7 tons. That also means the 5.0-Ton Transit can drive safely even with that much load at the back.
To put things in perspective, the van can haul the equivalent of a Ford Everest without compromises to safety. As for the truck, its 2.7-ton payload makes it a suitable candidate for tow-truck duties for medium-weight passenger cars. The reason why it can carry that much weight is because of its quad-wheel rear axle, and Ford beefed up the front suspension. Of course, we're not expecting Expedition-like ride quality when it's not loaded.
Powering the 5.0-Ton Transit is a 2.0-liter EcoBlue turbodiesel engine. For comparison, the local 15-seat Transit uses a 2.2-liter Duratorq diesel. Even with a smaller engine, it makes more power than the 2.2-liter. The EcoBlue mill puts out 170 PS and 405 Nm of torque, which is a leap from the Duratorq's 135 PS and 385 Nm rating. Ford even fitted a 10-speed automatic to the heavy-duty Transit to make things less strenuous for the driver.
The odds of the 5.0-Ton Transit coming to the Philippines is rather slim. However, there are two things we'd like in the local-spec van. The first would be to introduce the new EcoBlue diesel locally, and the second is to add an automatic transmission option. Even if we don't get the EcoBlue engine, an automatic should boost its appeal here.