FORD showcased its entire all-new Transit range at the CV Show, which also saw the debut of the smallest van in the range, the Ford Transit Courier.
There’s no doubt the Courier is one of the ‘family’ with the new-look, up-to-the-minute Ford styling seen on its bigger brothers.
Despite its place as the ‘baby’ in the new Transit range, the Courier, which is also offered in Kombi form, a can carry a standard Euro pallet maximum and a 660kg payload. According to Ford, the Courier offers 10% greater load volume and better load-carrying features than its than its direct rivals.
Among the features are:
Six cargo tie-down points, including four rear side-mounted points to avoid obstruction of the floor area.
- A longer floor level load length at 1.62m.
- Multiple pre-installed bodyside fixing points for installing racking or framework.
- A full-height, full-width steel bulkhead (glazed or unglazed) or optional folding mesh bulkhead and fold-dive passenger seat for longer items up to 2.59m, and maximum load volume of 2.6cu m.
- Optional ultra-bright LED loadspace lighting in the van body style.
- Easier loading of bulky items via wider sliding rear side doors.
For cargo access, there are twin asymmetric rear cargo doors that open to 158 degrees. Buyers can specify single or dual sliding side load doors.
The Courier is powered by a choice of 1.6-litre diesel and 1.0-litre EcoBoost engines, or a 75hp 1.5-litre diesel.
The 95hp 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi engine has stated combined cycle fuel consumption of 76.3mpg with 97g/km CO2 emissions, and the 1.0-litre EcoBoost offers 54.3mpg and 119g/km CO2 when equipped with Auto-Start-Stop, which is said to be 15% better than the closest rival. Auto-Start-Stop is an option with all models.
According to Ford, the 75hp 1.5-litre diesel beats all rivals on economy and emissions with 72.4mpg (combined cycle) and 103g/km CO2.
As standard, the Electronic Stability Control system includes Hill Start Assist, Traction Control and Roll-Over Mitigation. Ford SYNC with Emergency Assistance, which assists occupants call the local emergency services operator in the event of an accident, as well as Speed Limiters, a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System and a rear-view camera are options.
The Commercial Kombi has a comprehensive restraint system with side curtain airbags, knee airbags and second-row seat belt-minders as well as driver, passenger and side thorax airbags.
The cabin is car-like and comfortable and has a range of stowage features including a large centre console to hold A4 documents and small laptops, a full-width overhead stowage shelf, and a drawer under the front passenger seat.
A new Device Dock feature allows drivers to store, mount and charge mobile devices such as phones and navigation systems.