Ford unveils new 2-tonne Transit

What Ford describes as the 'smartest and most productive' Transit was revealed at the commercial vehicle show in Hannover, Germany in September.

The new model features a new look, increased storage space, advanced connectivity, hybrid technology and a 10-speed auto option.
More than 450 core variants will be available including front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive drivelines, with a full range of bodystyles and chassis cabs.

The revised two-tonne Transit , which will go on sale in 2019, has been given an upmarket look with a new three-bar grille, akin to the Transit Custom. Top of the range variants get chrome trim, xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights.

Alongside an upgraded 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine which will be available in 104bhp, 128bhp, 168bhp and 182bhp, the Transit will be the first in the segment to offer a diesel mild hybrid (mHEV)-LCV version.  The 48-volt micro-hybrid system is designed to improve fuel economy for those using their vans in towns and cities, improving consumption by 3% based on Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) laboratory testing.  This is increased to 8%  in stop-start urban driving conditions.

Automatic gearbox variant

From early 2020, in addition to the standard six-speed manual gearbox, the rear-wheel drive Transit will be available with a 10-speed automatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Scheduling, which assesses individual driving styles to optimise gearshift timings.

Power assisted with latest driver technology

Electric power steering has been added to improve efficient as well as the latest semi-autonomous safety kit. This includes active park assist and lane keep assist, while a drive mode selector is also offered on the Transit 4x4 which optimises the van for different driving conditions. Blind spot warning with a trailer setting, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition and pedestrian detection are all available, while front and rear cameras and a tool that helps manoeuvre the van out of parallel parking spaces are available options.

Increased payload reduced kerb weight

The new two tonne Transit has an increased payload over the model it replaces. Final numbers are yet to be confirmed, but Ford has reduced the weight of the van’s components to increase the payload. An aluminium bonnet, new steel construction, a trimmed-down exhaust and the replacement of some steel parts with composite materials have all contributed to an overall weight saving for the new van. A new Power Side Load Door also provides ease of operation when loading or unloading plus the introduction of new high-mounted down-lighters offers enhanced illumination when working at night.

Telematics and Data Services

At the Hannover launch event Ford showcased new connected vehicle technologies for its commercial vehicle range, including telematics and data services that aim to help fleet customers "optimise efficiency and vehicle utilisation".

Ford Telematics is said to "provide fleet operators with a web-based application providing solutions to help fleet professionals improve vehicle utilisation, maximise vehicle availability, optimise running cost and manage their drivers".

“This is a Ford Transit for the modern business world: it’s as tough and practical as our customers demand, cost of ownership is reduced and its connectivity will improve operational efficiency,” said Michael McDonagh, Transit global chief programme engineer, Ford of Europe. “Ford is also setting the pace in electrification, with a new mild hybrid powertrain ideal for urban deliveries.”