Improved payload has been delivered through a comprehensive programme to optimise vehicle weight, while still enabling operators to benefit from the latest safety systems and driver assistance technologies. Using a 'marginal gains' approach, hundreds of components were optimised for weight, strength and durability using aerospace industry CAD software. Savings in every area of the vehicle, sometimes of less than 0.5kg for each part, delivered a total saving of up to 80 kg like-for-like. The new Transit's lightweight aluminium bonnet saves 5.4kg compared with a steel equivalent, without sacrificing strength. The new bonnet was comprehensively tested for dent resistance, and performs as well as a steel bonnet in temperatures between minus 30 degrees Celsius and 80 degrees Celsius. Major savings of 14.7kg were achieved by redesigning the rear axle for the rear-wheel drive model, and a new high-strength, lightweight composite bulkhead* saves 4.4kg compared with a steel equivalent. The new Transit's steel wheels were produced using a spinning production technique that achieves greater strength using less metal. This approach delivers a total saving of 5.5kg for Transit across five wheels, including the spare.
Optimised weight delivers enhanced payload
In addition to the upgraded 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel line-up, features contributing to increased fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 include the introduction of electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) to the Transit for the first time; the use of low-rolling-resistance tyres; and aerodynamic enhancements. Fuel-saving Auto Start-Stop technology remains standard across the range. Drivers can also use EcoGuide, which uses GPS positioning to give predictive advice on how to achieve the best fuel efficiency on the road ahead. Ford recently announced that a new all-electric Transit will join the company's line-up of electrified commercial vehicles in 2021. Designed to deliver pure-electric propulsion, the new van will contribute to cleaner, quieter towns and cities, and reduced running costs for business and operators.***
Enhanced fuel efficiency. More choice
The Ford Transit's smart new exterior features a taller, more assertive three-bar grille and a redesigned lower fascia. Inside the cabin, an all-new interior design delivers enhanced style, practicality and driver comfort, with advanced technologies including Ford's SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system that can be operated using simple, voice commands, or via pinch and swipe gestures on an eight-inch touchscreen. The Transit's refined and car-like driving character is enhanced with the introduction of EPAS technology that also helps reduce driver fatigue by adding more assistance while parking and manoeuvring, and enables driver assistance technologies including Active Park Assist and Lane-Keeping Aid. For the first time, Transit drivers will be able to choose from Selectable Drive Modes to match driving performance to conditions: Eco Mode, Slippery Mode, Mud/Rut Mode for all-wheel-drive models and Tow/Haul Mode for smooth power delivery when towing large trailers or boats that weigh more than the vehicle kerb weight. A comprehensive range of advanced driving assistance technologies have also been introduced to help reduce stress and tiredness, and to help avoid or mitigate the impact of collisions. These include: •Blind Spot Information System with Trailer Tow system •Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control •Enhanced Lane-Keeping System •Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection New features are also provided to make life easier and less stressful when manoeuvring and parking within busy commercial and urban environments, and potentially avoid costly bumps and scrapes. These include Front and Rear Wide-View Cameras and a high mounted rear-view camera; Parking Aid, enhanced with additional side sensors; Active Park Assist (APA), Park-Out Assist and Cross Traffic Alert.
Smarter design, smarter technologies