Ford unveil ‘pioneering’ new Transit
By Kyle Linsay
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 16:32
UNVEILED: New Ford Transit due in Spring
Ford’s all-new Transit will offer best-in-class cost of ownership and load carrying ability, it has been revealed.
Priced from £20,795 and available to order now for Spring delivery, the Transit will also boast fuel economy of up to 44mpg and CO2 emissions from 169g/km.
Reduced maintenance and repair costs are also promised for the new offering, which is part of an unprecedented 24-month renewal of Ford’s entire commercial vehicle range.
Paul Randle, Vehicle Line Director for Global Commercial Vehicles at Ford of Europe, said: “Ford’s flagship Transit model is once again setting the standard in its class by cutting running costs, shifting bigger loads and pioneering valuable new technologies.
“All this is together with a vast choice of model options and, of course, legendary Transit toughness.”
Powered by a uniquely-calibrated 125PS 2.2litre Duratorq TDCi diesel, the Transit ECOnetic range now extends to six different van models with GVMs of up to 3.5tonnes.
The standard Ford Transit powertrain features the fuel-efficient 2.2litre Duratorq diesel engine with a choice of 100PS, 125PS or 155PS, and six-speed manual transmission.
Buyers also have the option of 125PS and 155PS HDT6 engines which meet Euro HDT VI emission standards.
Available in front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions, the Transit also offers extended two-year/30,000mile service intervals.
Time required for scheduled maintenance over 90,000miles is cut from 5.4 to 4.2hours over the outgoing model.
The vehicle offers cargo capacity of up to 11% more than the outgoing model, with a range of loadspace features for easy and secure load carrying.
Side load doors now have a class-leading opening width of 1,300mm for easier loading and unloading, with load volume up 10% model-for-model compared to the outgoing Transit.
Vans are available in three different lengths and two different roof heights with multiple GVM options of up to 4.7tonnes.
Further Transit variants include Double Cab-in-Van (DCiV) models, plus Chassis Cab and Double Chassis Cab versions.
A new Chassis Cab L5 derivative accommodates 5.0m floats or box bodies, and Transit people movers include the M2 Bus range with seating for up to 18 people.
A range of convenience features from Ford’s latest passenger cars can be specified, including the Ford SYNC voice-activated, in-car connectivity system and Emergency Assistance.
Further technologies include Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Alert, Lane Keeping Alert, Driver Alert, Rear View Camera with Trailer Hitch Assist, Static Cornering Lights and Tyre Pressure Monitoring.