Ford Offers Transit With New Six-Speed
By Kyle Lindsay
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 15:45
Ford will be showcasing its Transit and Transit Custom vans with automatic transmission at this year’s CV Show.
Customers who require improved comfort and convenience in urban driving can now order a new six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission. This is a particular requirement for fleets operating in the delivery and distribution sector.
Available from £25,340 and £27,065 (ex. VAT, from 2nd May) for the Transit Custom and Transit respectively, the new transmission can be specified in combination with the 130PS and 170PS versions of Ford’s new EcoBlue diesel engine, with Auto-Start-Stop as standard. Engineered specifically for the Transit, the SelectShift six-speed auto has a new torque converter and external casing to improve refinement, with a torque capacity of more than 415Nm.
The latest Transit Custom Sport Van series will also debut at the CV Show which is now available as a L2 van and a L1 or L2 Double Cab in Van variant. It features a muscular body kit, a fully colour-coded exterior with body-side mouldings and wheel arch extensions. The exterior is further enhanced by two-tone silver and black 17in wheels and twin bonnet stripes in a contrasting colour. Customers can expect partial leather trim and technologies as standard including Rear View Camera and Lane Keeping Aid in the interior.
A new thicker front anti-roll bar and the addition of a rear anti-roll bar, combined with softer rear springs and unique damper tuning with firmer setting on the rear, improves roll control. The DCiV has different spring and damper settings which are optimized for handling and rear passenger comfort.
Offered with the 170PS EcoBlue engine only, customers can choose the SelectShift automatic transmission as an option and prices start from £29,590 (ex. VAT, from 2nd May).
Launching for the first time, Ford will introduce the Transit Courier Sport Van on the stand with distinctive exterior styling including skid plates, twin body contrast stripes and black painted power heated door mirrors. It is available with either the 100PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine or the 95PS 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine and is priced from £14,126 (ex. VAT, from 2ndMay).
Ford will also feature the fourth generation Intelligent AWD Transit which has been reengineered to deliver improved capabilities in combination with the new Ford EcoBlue engine. The enhanced driveline design that combines the front differential and AWD coupling into a single, compact unit reduces weight by 10kg and allows the driveline to be packaged more effectively around the EcoBlue engine. The Transit AWD is available to order now from £33,515 (ex. VAT, from 2nd May).
Visitors to the stand will see a range of One Stop Shop vehicles, the Transit Connect and Ranger pick-up, completing the extensive Ford commercial vehicle range. Ford will also have a new Ford Mobile Servicing van on the stand as it announces its nationwide rollout of the service.
Ford will host a Cleaner Air for London: Transit PHEV panel discussion on its stand on Tuesday at 11.00am with all CV Show visitors welcome.
Ford recorded its highest ever CV sales of 118,000 in 2016, achieving 51 years of UK CV sales leadership and continues to extend this in 2017. Andy Barratt, Ford of Britain chairman and managing director, said: “Ford has consistently provided UK customers with the most appealing CV range, offering class-leading vehicles in all key segments.
“The after-sales experience provided by the UK’s largest dealer network together with the huge investment into Ford’s UK commercial vehicle range continues to deliver the best CV sales figures in over 50 years of leadership.”