Ford Rolls Out Transit Cab, Cutaway Platforms
Ford Motor Co. introduced the all-new Transit chassis cab and cutaway models, engineered to tackle an almost unlimited variety of specialized jobs and vocations.
Trailer Body Builders reported that the Transit chassis cab features an enclosed passenger compartment and bare frame ready to accept aftermarket body modules ranging from custom cargo delivery to utility body. Transit cutaway is similar to the chassis cab, but with the rear of the passenger compartment open so it can be paired with specialty body modules such as shuttle or school bus bodies.
The Transit — not to be confused with the smaller Transit Connect — will be phased in to replace the Ford E-series van chassis used as the platform by North American manufacturers for Class B and C motorhomes. The Transit cutaway/cab chassis breaks new ground, however, with a GVWR that is more than 4,000 pounds lighter than the E-series’ 14,500 pounds.
The chassis cab and cutaway will be offered in three wheelbases, 138, 156 or 178 inches, and gross vehicle weight ratings from 9,000 pounds to 10,360 pounds.
“No other automaker offers the variety and adaptability that Ford Motor Co. brings to our commercial customers,” said Len Deluca, director, Ford Commercial Vehicles. “Transit’s best-in-class capabilities are combined with an extensive nationwide network of commercial upfitters to provide an unparalleled number of body choices to suit almost any job.”
Transit chassis cab and cutaway models join the industry’s broadest lineup of commercial chassis, which include E-series cutaway and stripped chassis, F-series Super Duty chassis cab, F-650 and F-750 medium-duty chassis cab and F-59 stripped chassis.
Transit offers a range of fuel-efficient engines, including a standard 3.7-liter V6, the same 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine proven in the Ford F-150, and an all-new 3.2-liter Power Stroke Diesel option.
Ford will offer the Transit 3.7-liter V6 with a compressed natural gas/liquid propane gas prep kit to assist customers running their vehicles with these abundant, affordable, clean fuels. This 3.7-liter V6 is also engineered for optimal performance with E85 flex- fuel capability. Each fuel-conscious engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission for efficient rear-wheel-drive operation.
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