The Ford Transit is connected as never before, offering operators the benefits of the Ford PassConnect on-board modem technology which will help fleet professionals to improve vehicle utilisation and optimise running costs. Ford’s advanced 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine* has been further optimised to deliver fuel efficiency improvements of up to 7 per cent according to Ford engineering data based on a real-world driving cycle. For the biggest of loads, check out the new Transit 5-tonne (pictured above)!
A fuel-injection system that increases peak pressure to 2,200 bar helps achieve more efficient combustion. To reduce friction within the engine, new steel pistons feature a slimmer skirt design than the out-going cast-aluminium design. A variable-flow oil pump reduces parasitic losses by adapting oil delivery to demand.
Further fuel efficiency improvements are achieved with the introduction of electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) to the 2-tonne Ford Transit for the first time; an extensive programme of weight saving; the use of low-rolling-resistance tyres; and aerodynamic enhancements. Fuel-saving Auto Start-Stop technology remains standard across the range.
Drivers can also use Efficient Drive Mode, which uses GPS positioning to give predictive advice on how to achieve the best fuel economy on the road ahead.
The choice of 105 PS, 130 PS and 170 PS power ratings is expanded with the addition of a new 185 PS variant, which delivers a generous 415 Nm of torque. All ratings benefit from an enhanced turbocharger design that helps to deliver a broader spread of torque across a wider speed range than before.
In spring, in addition to the standard six-speed manual gearbox, rear-wheel drive Ford Transit models will be available with Ford’s highly efficient and responsive 10-speed automatic transmission featuring Adaptive Shift Scheduling, which assesses individual driving styles to optimise gearshift timings.
To provide even greater fuel efficiency benefits for commercial vehicle operators, the new Ford Transit introduces innovative diesel mHEV technology as an option for front-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive vehicles, which adds a further improvement of around 3 per cent based on WLTP analysis. Increased benefits of up to 8 per cent can be achieved in applications featuring a high proportion of stop-start driving, for example during urban delivery operations.