Ford to launch Transit ECOnteic model
Ford will launch the Ford Transit ECOnetic this autumn.
The new Transit ECOnetic produces fewer CO2 emissions and has superior fuel economy.
The Transit ECOnetic follows similar models in the passenger car range: Fiesta, Focus and Mondeo.
Transit ECOnetic is based on the front-wheel drive Transit 280 panel van with short wheelbase and 2.2-litre 115PS Duratorq TDCi engine. Target fuel economy is 39.2mpg while average CO2 emissions are a best in class 189g/km.
“We appreciate that our commercial vehicle customers have a clear interest in saving fuel and lowering their cost of ownership. At the same time, environmental friendliness is also growing in importance for them, and with the new Transit ECOnetic they can achieve both,” commented Steve Kimber, commercial vehicles director, Ford.
The Ford Transit ECOnetic features a variety of engineering optimisation changes to improve fuel consumption and emissions. These include: optimised rolling resistance tyres (215/75R16) and low friction oil; green shift indicator light; modified engine tune; standard 70mph speed limiter; improvements over the standard 115PS 280S of 24g/km CO2; and new low-drag wheel covers.
In addition, Transit ECOnetic features the Durashift six-speed manual transmission for a wider range of available gear ratios – instead of the Durashift five-speed gearbox.
The ‘shorter’ gearing in first allows for improved pull-away performance. The ‘longer’ gearing in top provides improved highway fuel economy, with reduced engine revs for a range of speeds and loads for the standard Transit configuration.
Standard on Transit ECOnetic is Ford’s anti-skid ESP, including Hill Launch Assist (HLA). Standard equipment includes the Ford Audio 6000 unit as well as load box safety equipment, including a full steel bulkhead and solid tie down hooks.
Optional items include a trip computer (to monitor fuel performance), rear parking sensors and a new rear view camera with overhead seven-inch colour display, can also be ordered.
Despite the greener emissions, the Transit ECOnetic is as practical as any Transit. It offers 1,097kg gross payload (standard Transit 280S van is 1,092kg), and the same load box volume of 6.5 cubic metres.
Prices will be announced nearer the on-sale date.