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.
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
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