Published on Friday 22 February 2019 in Van News
New Ford Transit... all the specs
The market leading 'big' Ford Transit is about to get bigger. Well, maybe not literally but, having remained fundamentally unchanged since its launch in 2013, it's just about to have a little makeover designed to keep competitors such as the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Volkswagen Crafter at bay. Vanarama van expert Tim Cattlin reports.
Although first premiered at the Hannover IAA show in 2018, full details about specification are still a little sketchy, and some are definitely in 'rumour mill' territory.
So – what do we know so far?
Exterior changes are mostly confined to the front, where a 'more assertive' three bar grille is complimented by a redesigned lower panel. A new front bumper has been designed to improve aerodynamics, and LED daytime running lights are available on higher series models.
The van interior will be all new and will be very recognisable to those familiar with the latest incarnation of the Transit Custom. Stowage is improved, and the dash will be dominated by a Ford SYNC3 touchscreen, rumoured to be larger than the one fitted to the outgoing model.
For the first time Transit will be available in the top 'Limited' trim level – what this will include is still under wraps but, you can probably expect niceties such as alloy wheels and air conditioning for starters.
A new 185PS variant of the 2.0 litre EcoBlue engine will be on offer, together with a new 10 speed automatic transmission option. The other engines have been re-engineered to improve fuel economy.
A mHEV (mild hybrid) powertrain option is a sector first. This harnesses energy when the vehicle brakes and stores it in a 48 volt battery which is then used to assist the engine and electrical ancilliaries. Ford are suggesting that fuel savings of around 3% are expected.
Tech improvements abound, with safety paramount. More details to follow, but, Ford are clearly hot on the heels of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter who are currently leading the pack in this department…
Selectable Drive Modes allow a driver to choose a mode to match performance to conditions, such as slippery surfaces or when towing. 'Efficient Drive Mode' uses GPS positioning to predict the road ahead and advise the driver how to achieve the best fuel economy.
So, plenty going on under the skin if not so much superficially. More news as we get it, and a full review as soon as we get our hands on one…
If you liked this article why not check out this one from Tim Cattlin about the Ford Transit custom? OR, check out the review of the current Ford Transit right here: