Ford Offers Preview of Next-Generation Transit
Ford Motor Co. has revealed the first images and details of the next-generation Ford Transit family ahead of its international launch at the end of 2013.
CarAdvice reported that the all-new Transit is the latest nameplate to embrace the Detroit-based manufacturer’s ‘One Ford’ global product strategy, with two distinct vehicles to sit either side of the mid-sized Transit Custom in Ford’s commercial vehicle portfolio.
The new compact Ford Transit Connect promises to set new standards for load-carrying ability and cost of ownership in the sub-one-tonne segment, while Ford says the larger model – simply called the Ford Transit – will bring new levels of capability and versatility to the full-size van market.
The full-size Transit will replace the Ford E-Series range in North America and take over from the two-ton Transit variants in other markets.
Launching in late 2013, the Transit will be offered in a range of body styles and derivatives, including front-, rear- and all-wheel drive layouts, and multiple wheelbases, roof heights and body styles.
U.S. models will be available with two gas engines – a 3.5-litre V6 EcoBoost and another V6 – and a “powerful diesel option”, while the Transit sold in Europe and the rest of the world, will be equipped with the latest 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel.