Ford has unveiled facelifted versions of its Transit van line-up, with updated styling inside and out, improved technology and a plug-in-hybrid option.
The updates apply to the mid-sized Transit Custom, as well as the larger Transit Two-Tonne. From mid-2019, the Transit Custom will be available with a first-in-class plug-in hybrid electric option.
Ford claims the Transit Custom PHEV will have a zero-emissions driving range of 50km, with 500km of total driving range possible through the use of Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine as a range extender.
Power will come from 14 kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack located under the load floor. Three selectable EV modes will enable the driver to choose how and when to use the available battery charge: EV Auto, EV Now and EV Later.
Importantly, the Transit Custom PHEV will maintain the same one-tonne payload as the regular models.
Other changes apply to both the Transit Custom and the Transit Two-Tonne.
Both models have an all-new interior with improved storage and connectivity, as well as an updated front-end design.
Also new is the availability of the FordPass Connect system, which incorporates an onboard modem allowing fleet operators to access onboard information such as Ford Telematics and Ford Data Services, which Ford claim will help to improve fleet vehicle utilisation and running-costs.
Both models will also be available with a mild hybrid system, which Ford claim will improve fuel economy by three per cent overall on the WLTP test regime, with an eight per cent improvement in stop-start traffic.
Ford have also further optimised the Transit’s 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine to achieve a seven per cent fuel economy improvement over the previous model.
This has been done through the introduction of electric power steering, weight saving measures and the use of low-rolling-resistance tyres.
A new state of tune is also available for the 2.0 litre diesel, delivering 136kW and 415Nm of torque.
The Transit will come standard with a six-speed manual transmission, with a 10-speed automatic to be made available from autumn 2020.
Finally, Ford’s range of driver assistance technologies, such as autonomous emergency braking, intelligent adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist and active park assist will be available optionally.
In addition to the changes to the Transit Custom and Transit Two-Tonne changes, Ford have also unveiled a new flagship variant of its small Transit Connect van.
The Transit Connect Sport Van sees the addition of an exterior styling kit, matt black sports stripes and 16-inch dark stainless alloy wheels.
Inside, the Sport Van gains partial leather seats, a push-button start, dual-zone climate control, cruise control and fog lights.
The Transit and Transit Custom are both currently offered in Australia. Ford couldn't confirm whether the updates, PHEV or otherwise, will be coming to our market.