New small Transits connect with cleaner running
Two small vans that make a big impact on the UK market have undergone major changes for the 2018 model year.
The new Transit Connect and Transit Courier are part of changes that will see Ford’s entire commercial line-up in Europe renewed in little over a year.
Transit Courier and Transit Connect are the foundations of the whole Ford commercial vehicle range. The four-model Transit line-up has delivered Number 1 commercial vehicle selling status to Ford in Europe, increasing by eight per cent over 2016. Closer to home, both Transit Connect and Transit Courier are the best-selling commercial vehicles in their respective UK market segments with in excess of 20,000 sales between them, almost a quarter of total Transit range sales.
New designs encasing more fuel-efficient powertrains and advanced new driver assistance technologies are features of the two new Transit models that will be available to order soon from Foray Motor Group for delivery from the middle of the year.
New Transit Connect has a three-bar Transit grille combined with slimmer headlamps fitted to a more aerodynamic front end.
The refreshed cab has a revised instrument panel with a tablet-inspired six-inch colour touchscreen on high series models featuring Ford’s SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system for easy connection and safe use of items such as mobile phones.
Euro 6.2 emissions standards are achieved by using Ford’s all-new 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel engine that delivers better performance and reduced fuel-consumption.
There’s also an advanced new version of the multi-award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine for greater fuel efficiency. Cylinder deactivation allows the engine to run on two cylinders at low loads.
The 1.5‑litre EcoBlue engine can also be specified with an advanced new eight-speed automatic transmission, bringing optimised fuel-efficiency alongside responsive performance and smooth, swift gearshifts.
Service intervals are stretched on both diesel and petrol variants, with manual diesel vehicles now offering best-in-class variable intervals of up to two years/25,000 miles.
New Transit Connect offers short and long wheelbase options providing load volumes up to 3.6 m3 (VDA), payload capacity ranging from 520-890 kg, and bodystyles including van, kombi and double-cab-in-van.
New Ford Transit Courier has a different appearance from the new Connect but it is still heavily revised. For ultimate low running costs, a new fuel-efficiency package is standard on diesel models, using an active grille shutter to improve warm-up times and reduce aerodynamic drag.
There’s the same choice of the latest Euro 6.2 emissions standards diesel and petrol engines while Ford’s all-new six-speed manual transmission replaces the previous five-speed gearbox, as it also does in Transit Connect.
New Transit Courier has payloads ranging from 500-590 kg and load volumes of up to 2.4 m3 (VDA), with a choice of van and kombi bodystyles. The series line-up now also includes a new Limited variant as 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, can be obtained from your nearest Foray dealership.