The all-new Transit is the latest nameplate to embrace the Detroit-based manufacturer’s ‘One Ford’ global product strategy, with two distinct vehicles to sit either side of the mid-sized Transit Custom in Ford’s commercial vehicle portfolio.
The new compact Ford Transit Connect promises to set new standards for load-carrying ability and cost of ownership in the sub-one-tonne segment, while Ford says the larger model – simply called the Ford Transit (above) – will bring new levels of capability and versatility to the full-size van market.
The full-size Transit will replace the Ford E-Series range in North America and take over from the two-tonne Transit variants in other markets.
Launching in late 2013, the Transit will be offered in a range of body styles and derivatives, including front-, rear- and all-wheel drive layouts, and multiple wheelbases, roof heights and body styles.
US models will be available with two petrol engines – a 3.5-litre V6 EcoBoost and another V6 – and a “powerful diesel option”, while the Transit sold in Europe and the rest of the world, will be equipped with the latest 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel.
The smaller Transit Connect (above) will be more car-like with a focus on driver comfort and powertrain efficiency.
A range of downsized petrol and diesel engines will be offered in Europe, promising to deliver best-in-class fuel economy, while North America will get its own petrol line-up.
The driver-focused cockpit will feature interior technology and driver assist systems from the company’s passenger car line-up.
The large Ford Transit is set to launch in Australia in 2014 where it will be sold alongside the updated Transit Custom, while the smaller Transit Connect is also a chance to compete in the local market from 2014 against the likes of the Volkswagen Caddy and the Renault Kangoo.