Published on Wednesday 01 May 2013 in Van News
Ford is obviously expecting shoots of economic recovery by next spring after announcing another van to join the Transit family. The Ford Transit Courier, is a small car-based van which slots in beneath the Ford Transit Connect and will be available from Spring 2014, with anticipated annual sales of 400,000 across Europe.
The Transit Courier will be classed as a compact van and ride on the same platform that underpins the FiestaVan. With a load area of 2.3m3 and the ability to carry up to 660kg, the Transit Courier may appear small but will offer class leading size for its segment.
Upfront, the Courier's design appears heavily influenced by the Fiesta, but around the back the Courier is fitted with small tail lamps, setting it apart from its big brother, the Transit Connect.
A handy feature is the same load through hatch that appeared for the first time on the new Transit Custom. The hatch, in the back of the passenger seat, lifts up, so you can poke long objects in the back, yet still be able to close the doors.
Another great addition is the amount of bodywork protection along the sides of the van - meaning you won't have to shell out for repair bills as your van will get scuffed less often.
Inside, the Ford Transit Courier follows the van industry's shift towards more car-like interiors, with a functional-oriented dashboard, which even includes a device dock for charging mobiles and satnavs. This car-like refinement pits the Transit Courier against the likes of the new Mercedes Benz Citan.
Fitted with diesel and petrol engines with Auto-Start-Stop on all units, customers will be able to choose between 1.5 litre and 1.6 litreDuratorq diesel engines and the 1.0 litre EcoBoost petrol engine.
The Ford Transit Courier will be available alongside the Transit Connect and the Two-Tonne Transit by Spring 2014.