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Ford’s Transit range gets a nose job and comfort boost

2019 FORD TRANSIT

PRETORIA, South Africa – Ford SA has updated its Transit Van and chassis-cab variants with new front-end styling first seen on the Transit Custom, its heavy-duty big brother.

The most obvious changes are a three-bar grille, new headlights, and restyled front bumper and bonnet. The cabin seat upholstery uses new materials designed Ford says, ”for comfort and durability”/

A six-year or 90 000km (whichever comes first) service plan is now included in the retail prices.

Doreen Mashinini, Ford SA’s marketing manager, told The Corner in a media release: “The mew Transit models will be big-hitters when it comes to load-carrying and the update aligns it with the rest of the current Ford line-up in South Africa.”

SLIDING SIDE DOOR

Let’s start with the medium wheelbase (MWB) variant that can pack in more than 10 cubic metres of cargo to a mass of 1325kg or accommodate four standard Europallets or in the case of the extended long wheelbase (ELWB) model cargo more than four metres long or a payload of 2270kg – or five Europallets.

Loadspace access can be through a sliding side door 1.3m wide and 1.6m tall – suitable for forklift access – or through two tail doors and ISO-compliant floor-mounted tie-downs are provided throughout the load compartment.

Want more capacity? No problem – the Transit is capable of towing up to 2800kg with a braked trailer for the MWB model, or 3500kg for the larger-capacity version. Towing is also possible with the chassis-cab model in MWB and ELWB spec  but with greater gross payload ratings of 1597kg and 2691kg respectively.

…AND SO TO THE ENGINES

Each model has a Ford 2.2-litre Duratorq turbodiesel – both MWB units get a 92kW/350Nm version and the ELWB 114kW/385Nm, both engines transmitting power to the road through a six-speed manual transmission, and the front wheels.

For those earning a living in a new Transit come a full adjustable steering-wheel, a number of cubbies, a storage box under the seats, two 12V sockets and an audio system with Bluetooth, USB and AUX connectivity, voice control, audio controls on the steering wheel.

READ MANY MORE FORD FEATURES ON CARMAN’S CORNER

A driver’s crash mitigation bag is standard, one for the passenger is an option as part of a comfort pack that includes aircon. Other options include a rear-view camera and front and rear parking radar. Vehicle and cargo security is covered by a perimeter alarm, remote-central locking with shielded power door deadlocks, configurable two-stage unlocking, and drive-away locking.

All will be delivered with three-years unlimited-distance roadside assistance and four-year or 120 000km comprehensive warranty and a five-year/unlimited-distance no-rust-through warranty.

…AND TO THE PRICES

Transit Van
2.2 TDCi MWB – R527 100
2.2 TDCi ELWB – R658 200

Transit Chassis Cab
2.2 TDCi MWB – R477 000
2.2 TDCi ELWB – R589 300

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