Ford has revealed the first details of the new Transit Connect and Transit Courier that will join the Transit family from mid-2018.
The new models are part of a Ford product revolution that will see the company’s entire commercial line-up in Europe renewed during the next 18 months.
New Ford Transit Connect
Two new engines will feature in the new Transit Connect, a 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel and a 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol with cylinder deactivation.
It also has a new front-end appearance that adopts the latest Ford design DNA.
Inside, an upgraded cabin features a revised instrument panel with a new central control area that incorporates a floating six-inch colour touchscreen, featuring Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system.
An upgraded six-speed manual transmission is now fitted to all engines as standard. The 1.5‑litre EcoBlue engine can also be specified with a new eight-speed automatic transmission, which has been engineered to deliver optimised fuel-efficiency.
Service intervals have been extended on both diesel and petrol variants, with manual diesel vehicles now offering variable intervals of up to two years/25,000 miles. The longer service intervals contribute to scheduled maintenance and non-scheduled repair costs that are significantly lower than the primary competition, according to Ford analysis.
The new Transit Connect introduces a comprehensive range of segment-first driver assistance features including Intelligent Speed Limiter – that enables automatic adjustment of maximum vehicle speed to remain within legal limits, the Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection emergency braking system, Side Wind Stabilisation, and Active Park Assist.
A range of short and long wheelbase options are available providing load volumes up to 3.6 cubic metres with payload capacity ranging from 520-890 Kg.
New Ford Transit Courier
The Transit Courier is the smallest member of Ford’s Transit family, and the new model brings a refreshed front-end appearance that incorporates a reshaped grille opening and revised design for the lower fascia.
The cabin features a redesigned centre console including a new, larger six-inch colour touchscreen with Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system.
An updated powertrain line-up offers customers the choice of fuel-efficient 1.5-litre TDCi diesel and 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engines. All vehicles feature Ford’s all-new six-speed manual transmission.
For the ultimate in low running costs, a new fuel-efficiency package is offered as standard on diesel models, which integrates optimised aerodynamics with an Active Grille Shutter that improves warm-up times and reduces aero-drag.
New Transit Courier offers urban van operators a payload capacity ranging from 500-590 kg, load volumes up to 2.4 cubic metres and a choice of van and kombi bodystyles. The series line-up now also includes a new Limited variant, providing customers with an alternative to the dynamic Sport model at the top of the range.
Further information about the new Transit Connect and Transit Courier models, including fuel consumption and performance data, will be published closer to the launch of the vehicles in 2018.