Ford’s new Transit van and Transit Custom van, which are being launched at The Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham this week, are said to offer improved cost of ownership and performance thanks to the inclusion of the new 2.0-litre Ford EcoBlue diesel engine.
The Ford EcoBlue engine enhances fuel efficiency by up to 13 per cent compared with the outgoing 2.2-litre TDCi engine, with CO2 emissions from 157 g/km, and delivers significant improvements in low-rpm torque. The new engine – available to order now – will also deliver up to 2-year/37,000 miles variable service intervals for Transit and Transit Custom operators.
The downsized 2.0-litre Ford EcoBlue diesel engine has been engineered to meet Ford’s commercial vehicle durability standards, powering Transit vehicles through the equivalent of 3.4 million miles of trials, including 250,000 miles of testing at the hands of real-world Transit customers.
“The challenge was to take our best-selling Transit and make it cheaper to operate, improve performance, cleaner in terms of emissions, quieter in the cabin, safer and even more durable,” said Pete Reyes, Ford of Europe’s head of commercial vehicles. “That’s exactly what we did with the new Transit van and Transit Custom van with the all-new Ford EcoBlue engine.”
Clean diesel technologies enable ultra-low emissions in line with Euro Stage VI standards that will be introduced in September 2016, requiring a 55 per cent reduction in NOx emissions compared to Euro Stage V standards.
In addition to the all-new engine line-up, Transit and Transit Custom vehicles also are available to order now with advanced driver assistance technologies including Side Wind Stabilisation and Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection. From late 2016, customers also will be able to specify a six‑speed automatic transmission in place of a manual gearbox, and a new rear air suspension option on Transit Custom Kombi models.