THE introduction of the new Transit Courier when deliveries start in the summer completes the top-to-bottom redesign and expansion of the Ford Transit range in the UK.
The 95hp 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi achieves 76.3mpg
Ford says the new model provides 10% more load volume than its direct rivals, as well as unsurpassed fuel efficiency across the diesel and petrol engines range.
In addition to 1.6-litre diesel and 1.0-litre EcoBoost engines, a 75hp 1.5-litre diesel that is said to beat all rivals with 103g/km CO2 and 72.4mpg is also available. Fuel-saving Auto-Start-Stop is available as an option throughout the range.
The 95hp 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi Dagenham-built engine achieves 76.3mpg and 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.
The Ford Transit Courier has a maximum payload capacity of 660kg, and can carry a standard Euro pallet. Twin asymmetric rear cargo doors with an opening angle of up to 158 degrees are standard and single or dual sliding side load doors can be specified.
The cargo area offers better load-carrying features than its direct rivals, says Ford, including:
- Longer floor level load length at 1.62m, and easier loading of bulky items via wider sliding rear side doors.
- Full-height, full-width steel bulkhead (glazed or unglazed).
- Optional folding mesh bulkhead and fold-dive passenger seat for longer items up to 2.59m, and maximum load volume of 2.6m3.
- Six cargo tie-down points, including four rear side-mounted points to prevent obstruction of the floor area.
- Multiple pre-installed bodyside fixing points to mount racking or framework.
- Optional ultra-bright LED loadspace lighting for the van body style.
A Kombi version is also available, which provides room for up to five with flexible 60/40 split folding rear seats with a tip/tumble mechanism for additional versatility or dual business/personal usage. Load volume is 1.69vcu m with the rear seats tumbled.
The cabin has been designed to work as a mobile office with a range of stowage features that includes 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.
Drivers can use the new Device Dock feature to store, mount and charge their mobile devices such as phones and navigation systems and other smart interior features include a Rear View Camera option.
In terms of safety, the standard Electronic Stability Control system includes Hill Start Assist, Traction Control and Roll-Over Mitigation. Buyers can specify 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 and a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System.
The Commercial Kombi offers side curtain airbags, knee airbags and second-row seat belt-minders as part of a comprehensive restraint system that also includes driver, passenger and side thorax airbags.