Ford Previews Final Transit Model in Geneva
As if putting a beautiful cherry on top of their successful line, Ford used the occasion of the 2013 Geneva Auto Salon to introduce the final model in their Transit Custom line – the Tourneo Courier, as well as the Tourneo Connect and Grand Transit Connect. The Tourneo Courier is a smaller vehicle which features seating for five passengers and twin sliding doors – it is built on the same small car platform as the Fiesta and the B-Max. The Grand Tourneo Connect will seat seven, and is designed on a longer wheel base platform.
The vehicles are both clearly designed with today’s business needs in mind. Design features include a center console that can accommodate laptop computers, tablets, and documents, as well as providing a charging station for all of today’s popular mobile devices.
Both vehicles are being produced at Ford’s plant in Turkey and are not scheduled to be ready for release until 2014. Options on engine sizes for both will include 75 HP, 95 HP and 115 HP, though it is likely that only the smaller vehicle will offer the attractive 1.0 liter Eco-Boost engine. The longer vans are built on the same platform as the Focus and the Kuga, and will measure 400 mm longer than the five passenger versions. All models will offer the Auto-Stop-Start function.
Though it is unlikely that these vehicles will be ready for display at the Commercial Vehicle show, the Transit Connect is slated to be there. It will also be available for the North American market shortly.