The plus-sized Ford Transit van has picked up some upgrades in return for a $1000 price increase, following a similar suite of tweaks for the smaller and more popular Transit Custom.
Vital driver-assistance safety tech such as autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, automatic high-beam activation, traffic sign recognition, lane-departure warning and lane keeping aids, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert (not on the cab chassis), are all standard.
Existing standard features include automatic windscreen wipers, dusk-sensing headlights, a heated windscreen, programmable key with the ability to control what another driver can do in your vehicle, and a 230V inverter with 400W universal socket.
Furthermore, the cabin update brings a new tacked-on 8.0-inch touchscreen in place of the old 6.5-inch display, which runs the company's Sync 3 software, a reversing camera (again, not for the cab chassis versions), conversational voice control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and $600 optional satellite-navigation.
There are apparently also redesigned front seats.
The 2.0-litre Euro 6.2-compliant diesel engine with AdBlue makes 125kW of power and 390Nm of torque. It features direct fuel injection, an aluminium cylinder head, a variable geometry turbo, as well as auto stop-start.
The majority of the range still uses a six-speed manual gearbox, including all rear-wheel drive (RWD) versions, all cab-chassis' (either double or single), and all of the stretched 'Jumbo' van versions. But the 350L front-wheel drive (FWD) model can be had with a city-friendly six-speed automatic.
Ford Australia is doing quite well with its commercial vehicles. Ranger is currently the best-selling 4x4 ute and number-two-selling product nationally behind the Toyota HiLux (reliant on 4x2s to a larger degree).
The smaller Transit Custom's 2019 sales are up 9.1 per cent, in a segment down 11.1 per cent overall, giving it a respectable 11.2 per cent market share and third spot on the charts behind the Toyota HiAce and Hyundai iLoad.
Likewise, sales of this bigger Transit are 16.1 per cent up this year, though the Renault Master and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter are still a fair way ahead. For now.
2020 Ford Transit pricing (before on-road costs):
- 350L Van RWD manual $50,490 (up $1000)
- 350L Van FWD auto $52,990 (up $1000)
- 350E Jumbo Van RWD manual $53,990 (up $1000)
- 470E Jumbo Van RWD dual-wheels manual $56,990 (up $1000)
- 470E single cab chassis RWD manual $51,490 (up $1000)
- 470E double cab chassis RWD manual $54,990 (up $1000)