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Ford Transit Leader and Ford Transit Connect Leader

Budget van leaders: Transit and Connect

Ford launches entry-level Transit and Connect models

FORD has launched with two new low-cost ‘Leader’ versions of its Transit and Transit Conncet vans. They are specified to appeal to self-employed tradesmen wanting to buy the market-leading Transit nameplate.

Mark Simpson, Ford marketing director, said: “For 45 years Ford has delivered reliable and robust commercial vehicles to UK van drivers. Now Transit has become more accessible with the arrrival of Transit Leader and Transit Connect Leader for customers looking for the best possible proposition.”

Priced at £11,995, Transit Leader is a standard 260 short wheelbase, low-roof, van in frozen white which comes with a 2.2-litre TDCi, 85PS engine. Customers have the option to add cargo stowage rails and Bluetooth mobile phone technology.

Priced at £9,995, Transit Connect Leader is a standard 200 short-wheelbase van, available in frozen white, colorado red or blazer blue. It has a 1.8-litre TDCi 75PS engine.

Transit range updates

In addition, Ford has introduced further enhancements across the Transit range. From September all rear-wheel-drive Transits from 100PS to 200PS will come with six-speed transmission as standard, as well as a wider spread of gear ratios on the six-speed transmission

DAB radio will also be available, enabling the owner-operator to enjoy many stations more clearly, including the favourites for van drivers 5 Live and Talksport. Transit SportVan will be the first medium commercial vehicle to come with DAB radio as standard. DAB radio is a £200 option on all ‘Limited’ series.

And with sales of All-wheel-drive (AWD) Transits steadily growing, the option is now being extended to the 1- tonne platform on the 300S, priced at £24,900.

Further information

You can read a road test of the new Ford Transit Leader here: