Ford is now offering a 10-speed automatic transmission on the Transit for heavy-duty rear-wheel-drive applications.
It is mated to a 170PS 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine, giving a towing capacity of 2,800Kg.
The existing six-speed automatic remains available for lighter duty front-wheel drive Transit applications.
Ford says the new transmission is ideal for higher weight conversions, including grocery delivery vans, emergency response vehicles and motorhomes, as well as its 15-seat and 18-seat Transit minibuses.
It was developed in-house by Ford engineers and is already used in the Ranger and F150 pick-ups, as well as the Mustang high performance sports car.
“Transit drivers will enjoy the smooth power delivery of our class-leading 10-speed automatic gearbox as much as operators will benefit from its durability and efficiency,” said Hans Schep, general manager, Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe.
“Easier to drive and offering excellent towing ability, the automatic option for Transit heavy-duty users enhances the tough, capable character and excellent driving characteristics that have earned businesses’ respect,” he added.
Now in full production, the new transmission builds on the upgrades launched on Transit during 2019 including more economical and electrified powertrains, increased payload and enhanced connectivity.
When equipped with the 10-speed automatic gearbox, the Transit offers GVMs ranging from 3,500kg to 4,600kg and single- or dual-rear-wheel options. It can provide a maximum GTM of 6,100Kg.
Fleets requiring a converted vehicle can take advantage of Ford’s One Stop Shop range of converted tipper, dropside and box vans that provide a ready-to-go solution.
For more specialist requirements, accredited converters can design and manufacture bespoke vehicles built on Transit with 10-speed automatic transmission through the Qualified Vehicle Modifier programme.