FORD gave the new compact Transit Courier van its debut at a special unveiling prior to the CV Show at Birmingham’s NEC (9-11 April).
The new Ford Transit Courier is the final piece of the Transit range, which now encompasses the Courier, the new Transit Connect, Transit Custom and Transit 2 Tonne.
The Transit Courier provides Ford with its first compact sector van. Capable of taking a loaded Euro pallet, the Transit Courier will compete in the same market as the Citroen Nemo and Peugeot Bipper.
“We see commercial vehicles as a major growth area. We’ve now got the whole waterfront covered from Fiesta van right through to Transit 2 Tonne,” commented Ford fleet director, Phil Hollins.
“So with that sort of line up you can see why we are so bullish about growing van sales.”
The new Ford Transit Courier will go on sale in 2014 with a range of three engines:
- 1.5-litre (75 PS) Duratorq TDCi diesel;
- 1.6-litre (95 PS) Duratorq TDCi diesel; and
- 1.0-litre (100PS) EcoBoost petrol engine.
All engines offer fuel-saving stop-start technology.
Ford says the Transit Courier delivers class-leading load volume of 2.3cu m within its 4.16 metre length. Maximum payload is 660kg.
Other features of the new Ford Transit Courier include:
- Class-leading load length at floor level of 1.62 m
- Best access width to cargo area through the sliding rear side doors
- Option to extend carrying length capacity to 2.59m with folding mesh bulkhead and fold-dive passenger seat to accommodate
- Six cargo tie-down points
- Pre-installed bodyside fixing points to mount racking or framework
- The option of choosing ultra-bright LED lighting to illuminate the load bay
The driver and passenger compartment offers all the comfort of Ford’s passenger car range, in a made to work environment that includes a central console storage area that can store A4 documents and small laptops.
Further storage areas include an overhead area and a drawer beneath the driver’s seat.
The Ford Transit Courier will also feature Ford’s voice-activated in-car connectivity system called Ford SYNC, along with options such as a rear view camera.
Nick Collins, Ford vehicle line director commented: “The Transit Courier is the perfect van those businesses looking for a downsized van that comes with all the toughness associated with the Transit name.”