The 2016 Ford Transit range has expanded in Australia this week with the addition of a 12-seater bus variant targeted at businesses, schools, sport clubs and government departments.
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Behind the three standard seats in the front, the new Ford Transit 410L LWD adds nine more seats in a 2-3-4 configuration over its regular mid-roofed van counterpart.

Ford says that this seat layout allows for interior flexibility and significant cargo space. The new Transit bus can also be driven by anyone who holds a full Australian driver’s licence.

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Under the bonnet is Ford’s familiar 2.2-litre ‘Duratorq’ turbo-diesel engine, which produces 114kW of power at 3,500rpm and 385Nm of torque between 1,600 and 2,300rpm, mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

The Transit bus also features fuel-saving stop/start technology, regenerative charging, and a battery management system.

Adding to the spec sheet, the Transit bus sports an uprated gross vehicle mass (GVM) of 4100 GVM - up from 3550 GVM - and an impressive 2500kg braked towing capacity.

Ford says that its engineers have tuned the bus to deliver car-like driving dynamics in both urban and highway environments, aided by rear-wheel drive and torque vectoring.

The company also claims that the new bus is significantly more refined than its predecessor, with improved ride comfort the main focus.

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Inside, the Transit bus features numerous storage cubbies scattered throughout the cabin, including a large compartment under the front passenger seat and door pockets that can swallow an A4 clipboard and two-litre drink bottle.

A version of Ford’s voice-activated Sync system is fitted, which includes the Sync emergency assistance feature, that uses the driver’s Bluetooth-paired mobile phone to call emergency services for assistance in the event of an accident.

The system calls for emergency response and begins a ten second countdown during the call so the driver can cancel if necessary.

Only a handful of options are available for the new 12-seat Transit 410L LWD, including the City Pack ($1,500); which adds front and rear parking sensors, electro-chromatic rear-view mirror, reversing camera and front fog lights, while the ‘Moonlight Silver’ prestige paint ($500) and a single passenger seat ($150) instead of the standard dual-passenger seat, are also available.

The newly-introduced Ford Transit bus starts at a manufacturer’s list price (MLP) of $57,680 before on-road costs.

2016 Ford Transit range pricing (before on-road costs):

  • Transit 350L LWB Van - $47,680
  • Transit 350E LWB Van (single rear wheels) - $51,180
  • Transit 470E LWB Van (double rear wheels) - $54,180
  • Transit 470E Single Cab Chassis - $49,180
  • Transit 470E Double Cab Chassis - $52,680
  • Transit 410L LWD 12-Seat Bus - $57,680