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September 20, 2012
The purposeful, modern exterior design conceals a load area sized to accommodate key distribution industry required dimensions and maintain best-in-class payload. A range of innovative loadspace features make operator usage easier and more secure.
Compared to the outgoing Transit, load volume has been increased by around 10 percent model-for-model, with the largest “Jumbo” van now capable of swallowing a massive 15.1 m3 SAE of cargo. In addition, an all-new Chassis Cab SuperJumbo derivative will enable 5 m floats or box bodies to be accommodated.
Particular emphasis has been placed on making the vehicle simple to modify for body builders, upfitters and camper van converters, so all customer requirements can be satisfied.
For Europe, the all-new Transit is powered by the latest 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel with a choice of three power ratings (100 PS, 125 PS, 155 PS), and a standard 6-speed manual transmission; front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions will be available.
The comprehensive range of bodystyles and derivatives includes Van, Double Cab-in-Van (DCiV), Kombi, Kombi Van and Bus models, plus Chassis Cab and Chassis Cowl versions. Vans are available in three different lengths and two different roof heights with multiple gross vehicle mass options of up to 4.7 tonnes. This combines with the all-new Transit Custom 1-tonne range to deliver a significantly expanded overall line-up.
In North America, customers can choose from several engines, including the proven 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 or a powerful diesel option; each features rear-wheel drive and at least 25 percent better fuel economy than a comparable E-Series. Multiple roof heights and wheelbases will be available. North American Transit vans will be manufactured in Kansas City, alongside the Ford F-150.
Outstanding cost-of-ownership, driver appeal and durability Minimising overall cost-of-ownership was a high priority throughout the vehicle design and development, and the all-new Transit delivers minimised maintenance, repair and insurance costs, and targets best-in-class fuel economy.
An all-new interior, with a stylish and functional instrument panel, incorporates a range of smart stowage solutions. The cabin is significantly more spacious than the outgoing model, with increased shoulder room, head clearance and visibility, plus a more comfortable driving position with a fully-adjustable steering column.
A wide range of convenience features and driver assistance technologies featured on Ford’s latest passenger cars can also be specified, including the Ford SYNC voice-activated, in-car connectivity system with Emergency Assistance, a rear view camera, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Departure Warning.
The Transit brand has established a legendary reputation for toughness and dependability, and the new global model has been engineered to extend that tradition, starting with its immensely strong unibody construction featuring high-strength and ultra-high-strength/boron steels.
The vehicle has been subjected to Ford’s ultra-stringent global commercial vehicle testing and durability standards, covering millions of miles of arduous testing in laboratories, at proving grounds and on customer fleets.
In Europe, the all-new Ford Transit is due to go on sale in late-2013 with deliveries starting by the end of the year. In North America, the all-new Transit is scheduled to go on sale by the fourth quarter of 2013.
(Sept. 18, 2012)