Ford are currently in the midst of an unprecedented two year renewal of their entire European commercial vehicle range. As part of the overall overhaul, we have a brand new Ford Transit to look forward to.
Due early 2014, the all-new Ford Transit is a two-tonne beast that promises to deliver significantly reduced maintenance and repair costs, dependable durability, increased load volume and enhanced smart loadspace features. And thanks to the extended choice of Ford Transit ECOnetic models, you can also add the best fuel efficiency in its class to that rather tasty list.
This two-tonne model will come to the market alongside the one-tonne 2013 and 2014 International Van of the Year winners, the Ford Transit Custom and the Ford Transit Connect. A new Ford Transit Courier is also due to be launched at some point in 2014.Ford Transit – A Refined Flagship
Earlier this year, Ford celebrated the production of the seven millionth Transit van since the iconic brand's 1965 launch. This is a true stalwart of commercial motoring, its very name being synonymous with solid reliability and a tested ability to get the job done.
“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,” said Ford's Paul Randle.
“All this together with a vast choice of model options and of course legendary Transit toughness.”
So as to make absolutely certain that the all-new model is worthy of the Transit title, it was subjected to extensive merciless durability testing. In preparing the van for the road, Ford claim that they've covered the equivalent of nearly seven million miles, or 275 round-the-world trips, which includes over 310,000 miles clocked with real-world customers.
The new Ford Transit has managed to reduce its fuel consumption by 6%, making it the best in its class when it comes to efficiency. Indeed, the expanded Transit ECOnetic range is capable of up to 44.1mpg, with CO2 emissions as low as 169g/km.
All this without compromising on the power that's so often demanded of a Ford Transit. The uniquely calibrated 125PS 2.2 litre Duratorq TDCi diesel is equipped with automatic start-stop and available with a choice of three power ratings – 100, 125 and 155PS.
With front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions are available, it's fair to say that there's a powertrain option to suit every commercial requirement, no matter how demanding.More Capable Than Ever
The 2014 Ford Transit offers up to 11% more cargo capacity than the outgoing model, whilst a range of advanced smart features make loading easier and safer than ever before.
The new loadspace features include an integrated high-grip rear bumper step, DIN/ISO compliant side-wall mounted tie-down points, optional LED premium loadspace lighting and, on some models, a 3.5 tonne towing capacity.
The cabin, too, is more spacious than ever before, with more room, increased head clearance and visibility and an overall more comfortable driving position, with a fully-adjustable steering column. A stylish new instrument panel incorporates all manner of useful stowage solutions, whilst a 230V power socket can be used to charge tools or laptops without the need for adaptors.
Finally, an advanced array of driver-assist systems ensure that the new Ford Transit handles more like a large estate than a two-tonne van. These include adaptive cruise control, lane assist, a rear view camera and the latest Electronic Stability Control technology.
The 2014 Ford Transit is available to order now, with initial deliveries expected from Spring.