A MOM, A HIKER AND A DELIVERYMAN WALK INTO A SHOWROOM; EACH DRIVES OUT IN A NEW 2020 FORD TRANSIT
•New features for best-selling Ford Transit family include available all-wheel drive for improved traction; 2020 Transit also sees two all-new engines and new 10-speed automatic transmission
•New driver-assist features – including standard Pre-Collision Assist with automatic emergency braking and available Ford Co-Pilot360™ technologies – help improve on-road confidence, uptime and productivity for customers
•Standard FordPass Connect™ modem with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and connectivity for up to 10 devices helps drivers stay in touch with their vehicle, business and customers
INDIANAPOLIS, March 5, 2019 –
Proving once again that the best never rest, Ford – America's van leader for 40 years – improves its best-selling Transit family with smart new technology, advanced driver-assist features and enhanced capability for a wide range of customers whether they use their vans to carry kids, seek out adventures or deliver cargo.
'When we introduced Transit five years ago, it immediately became America's go-to full-size van for fleets, small businesses and large families,' said Mark Buzzell, Ford director, fleet, lease and remarketing operations. 'We listened to our commercial and family customers and updated Transit with useful amenities like standard Wi-Fi so kids or crew can stay connected, and helpful driver-assist features like available adaptive cruise control to take the stress out of traffic.'
Úpgrades include an available all-wheel-drive system, all-new 2.0-liter EcoBlue® bi-turbo I4 diesel, all-new 3.5-liter PFDi V6 gasoline engine with port fuel and direct injection and new 10-speed automatic transmission, plus new interiors and seating options.
The 2020 Ford Transit offers the most vehicle configurations in its class to help customers specify just the right van for any job. In addition to cargo van, passenger van, chassis cab and cutaway, a new crew van joins the lineup. It can carry five people in two rows of seating with side curtain airbags. Tailored for owners who need to move larger crews plus gear to a job site, the crew van is an enhancement to the 2020 Ford Transit family based on customer feedback.A more capable Transit
Because work doesn't stop when the weather gets bad, Transit offers an intelligent all-wheel-drive system that's always on to provide enhanced traction on icy, snowy or muddy roads.
'We integrated Transit's new all-wheel-drive system into the vehicle design early on to ensure it does not raise the load floor or seat height, making this van configuration as easy to enter and exit as the standard rear-wheel-drive model,' said Ray Eyles, Ford Transit chief program engineer. 'This is a significant benefit for commercial drivers who are in and out of their vehicles dozens of times a day, as well as for shuttle bus passengers and families.'
In normal mode, this all-wheel-drive system continuously monitors and optimizes torque output with the capability of sending up to 100 percent of available torque to the front wheels to help prevent slipping on loose surfaces. Úsing the vehicle's selectable drive modes, the driver can engage mud and ruts or slippery modes at any speed to help increase the all-wheel-drive system's capability for traveling in challenging conditions. All-wheel drive is available with gasoline powertrains.
With 2020 Transit chassis cab and cutaway models, customers can also carry more, as the maximum GVWR increases from 10,360 pounds to 11,000 pounds.
New and improved powertrains are designed to meet a wide range of customer needs including advances in fuel efficiency. The all-new 3.5-liter PFDi V6 is the new standard gasoline engine. It features port fuel and direct injection for improved efficiency versus the outgoing 3.7-liter engine. An available all-new 2.0-liter EcoBlue® bi-turbo I4 diesel engine is more fuel-efficient and offers more power and torque than the outgoing 3.2-liter diesel engine. It is equipped with Auto Start-Stop and is quieter than its predecessor. Customers can also choose the proven 3.5-liter EcoBoost® gas engine, which now includes Auto Start-Stop Technology, as well. Both gas engines can be ordered with dual 250-amp alternators to provide a robust power supply for upfit equipment.
All engines are paired with Ford's proven 10-speed automatic transmission, which offers a wide span of gear ratios, off-the-line performance and low engine speeds while highway cruising – all designed to contribute to improved fuel efficiency for model year 2020.
Nicely equipped, Transit is easy to drive
Ford adds new driver-assist features to an already well-equipped van to create the smartest Transit ever. These features can decrease the likelihood of an accident and improve uptime.
New driver-assist features standard on every 2020 Transit cargo van, crew van, passenger van, cutaway and chassis cab include Pre-Collision Assist with automatic emergency braking and Pedestrian Detection, forward collision warning, post-collision braking, Lane-Keeping System and auto high-beam headlamps.
Transit passenger van XLT is equipped with Ford Co-Pilot360™, which includes the features listed above plus Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage and cross-traffic alert. A new side sensing system joins the existing reverse sensing system as standard on XLT.
Available enhanced active park assist can simplify maneuvering into parallel or reverse perpendicular parking spots. With the touch of a button, it provides prompts to the driver to manage gear selection, accelerator and braking, while Transit automatically steers itself into place. Enhanced active park assist includes park-out assist, which automatically steers the van out of a space while the driver controls the gear shifter, accelerator and brakes, making for less stress.
Other new driver-assist features available include adaptive cruise control, front and rear split-view camera and adjustable speed limiting device.Smart and connected Transit is incredibly useful and fun
The ability to stay in touch comes standard with the new Transit with an embedded FordPass Connect™ modem with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and connectivity for up to 10 devices – fun for families and incredibly useful for commercial customers who use their van as mobile office or workshop. ÚSB outlets in every row of the passenger van can even mitigate family squabbles.
Fleets can further enhance efficiency by choosing available new Ford Telematics™ and Ford Data Services™, which put an array of tools at the disposal of fleet managers. Fleet managers can optimize their business with easy-to-use features like detailed live map GPS tracking with order-to-delivery status, geofencing with alerts and key performance indicators. Fuel waste reporting helps identify ways to save costs, while Ford Telematics suggests coaching opportunities to increase efficiency, reduce waste and reveal concerns like seatbelt use or speed compliance. Managers can receive proactive maintenance notifications and vehicle health alerts, enabling them to schedule service, plan ahead and maximize uptime.
Other technology updates include a center stack that can be optioned two different ways – either with a standard 4-inch full-color multifunction display or 8-inch slim-line touch screen display, each with the latest in SYNC® 3 plus Android Auto™ or Apple CarPlay™ compatibility. A 4.2-inch productivity screen in the cluster provides vehicle information and phone call status. AppLink for SYNC allows customers to control select apps on the touch screen without plugging in their Android or iOS device.Form follows function
Exterior updates for Transit are subtle but functionally driven. A new power sliding door is available for cargo van and passenger van to make getting loaded up as well as exiting the vehicle easier. Premium high-intensity discharge headlamps with signature LED surround are available. Three grilles will adorn different models in van, chassis cab and cutaway configurations – a three-bar design with black or chrome bars and an open mesh design for maximum cooling. Vans equipped with the powerful 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine get a larger grille for maximum cooling.
Transit has a new interior with a modern dashboard and features designed to improve comfort and practicality, such as durable new fabrics on the seating surfaces, plus myriad cupholders and compartments for storing gear and gadgets. Grab handles are improved, vents are updated to better direct heated and cooled air, and overall ergonomics are enhanced to make using everything a bit easier. Optional swivel front seats are available for the first time in response to recreational vehicle customer requests.
The upgraded 2020 Ford Transit will ship this fall to Ford's nationwide network of 3,000 dealers, including more than 675 dedicated Commercial Vehicle Center locations.Source - Ford
NEW FORD TRANSIT BOOSTS PRODUCTIVITY FOR BUSINESSES WITH ENHANCED FUEL EFFICIENCY, PAYLOAD AND CONNECTIVITY
•New two-tonne Ford Transit introduces upgraded 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine offering up to seven per cent fuel efficiency improvement for reduced operating costs, and new 185PS option
•Segment-first EcoBlue Hybrid powertrain uses 48-volt mild-hybrid technology to deliver up to a further eight per cent fuel efficiency improvement
•Transit payload improved by up to 80kg for enhanced productivity. Úp to 7,000kg gross train mass enables up to 3,500kg towing capability
•New FordPass Connect on-board modem enhances connectivity on the move and helps businesses to improve vehicle utilisation and optimise running costs
•Driving made easier with available 10-speed auto transmission and standard selectable drive modes. New Limited series offers customers highest-ever specification Transit
•New Transit Custom also benefits from upgraded engine and advanced connectivity features, including EcoBlue Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid technologies BRENTWOOD, Essex, Sept. 24, 2019 –
Ford is introducing its most intelligent, fuel-efficient, capable and productive two-tonne Transit van ever – developed to help businesses thrive in a modern operating environment.
More than 4,600 upgraded components alongside advanced powertrain and driver assistance technologies contribute to a new Ford Transit that can carry more, uses less fuel and is easier to drive and operate.
Enhanced versions of Ford's sophisticated EcoBlue diesel powertrains help reduce operating costs by delivering up to seven per cent fuel efficiency improvements, with up to a further eight per cent fuel saving offered by Transit's new EcoBlue Hybrid powertrains – the first 48-volt mild-hybrid technology to be introduced to the segment.
A comprehensive programme of weight savings for the new Transit using aerospace industry computer-aided design (CAD) helps deliver a payload increase of up to 80kg. In addition, advanced connectivity features including new FordPass Connect on-board modem technology help operators maximise vehicle efficiency and utilisation.
Advanced driver assistance technologies help drivers park hands-free, stay within speed limits and avoid or mitigate the effects of collisions in busy urban environments.
'The iconic Ford Transit raises the bar once again to boost productivity for businesses, delivering increased payload, improved fuel efficiency and advanced connectivity that will give companies of all sizes the tools to maximise operational efficiency,' said Michael McDonagh, Transit global chief programme engineer, Ford of Europe. 'Ford is also setting the pace in electrification, with segment-first mild-hybrid powertrains ideal for deliveries.'
The new Ford Transit is now on sale across Europe and builds on the success of the outgoing model, which has helped to establish the Transit nameplate as the leader in its segment in both Europe and North America. In 2018 Ford recorded its best-ever commercial vehicle sales year in the ÚK, registering more than 126,000 vehicles and marking 53 years of market leadership.
Enhanced fuel efficiency. More choice
Ford has also enhanced the market leading one-tonne Transit Custom van with new EcoBlue diesel, EcoBlue Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid powertrain technologies for optimised fuel efficiency, alongside advanced connectivity and driver assistance technologies.
Ford's powerful, fuel-efficient and refined 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine has been further optimised to deliver fuel savings of up to seven per cent according to Ford data based on a WLTP real-world driving cycle. Equipped with Ford's six-speed manual gearbox, the new Transit delivers CO2 emissions from 143g/km and fuel efficiency up to 40.9mpg*
Enhanced fuel efficiency is supported by an upgraded fuel injection system that increases peak pressure to 2,200bar for more efficient combustion. To reduce friction within the engine, new steel pistons feature a slimmer skirt design than the out-going cast-aluminium design. A variable-flow oil pump reduces parasitic losses by adapting oil delivery to demand.
Further fuel efficiency improvements are achieved with the introduction of electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) technology to the two-tonne Transit for the first time; extensive weight saving; the use of low-rolling-resistance tyres; and aerodynamic enhancements. Fuel-saving Auto Start-Stop technology remains standard across the range.
New EcoGuide technology – introduced to a commercial vehicle for the first time – makes it even easier for drivers to save fuel. (concept carz) The technology uses GPS positioning to indicate when to slow down and change gears based on situations ahead and even out of sight, such as junctions, speed limits and hills.
The new Transit expands the existing range of 105PS, 130PS and 170PS 2.0-litre EcoBlue power ratings with the addition of a new 185PS variant that delivers 415Nm of torque. All ratings benefit from an enhanced turbocharger design that helps to deliver a broader spread of torque across a wider speed range than before.
From spring 2020, in addition to the six-speed automatic gearbox already available on front-wheel drive models, rear-wheel drive Transits will be available with Ford's efficient and responsive 10-speed automatic transmission featuring Adaptive Shift Scheduling, which can assess individual driving styles to optimise gearshift timings.
Segment-first EcoBlue Hybrid technology
Innovative EcoBlue Hybrid 48-volt mild-hybrid diesel powertrain technology is offered as an option for front-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive Transit models, delivering a three per cent average fuel efficiency improvement compared with the equivalent 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel model, based on WLTP analysis. Increased benefits of up to eight per cent can be achieved where driving conditions allow maximum energy regeneration.
Transit EcoBlue Hybrid models have been specifically tuned to maximise fuel efficiency, and feature a belt-driven integrated starter/generator that replaces the standard alternator and enables recovery and storage of energy during vehicle decelerations to charge a 48-volt lithium-ion air-cooled battery pack. The stored energy is used to provide torque assistance to the engine under normal driving and acceleration, as well as running the vehicle's electrical ancillaries.Less weight, more payload
The new Ford Transit delivers improved payload for greater productivity through a comprehensive programme to optimise vehicle weight, while still enabling operators to benefit from the latest safety systems and driver assistance technologies.
The weight reductions were achieved using a 'marginal gains' approach through which components were optimised for weight, strength and durability using aerospace industry CAD software. The new Transit rear-wheel drive 350GVM, L3 H2 model, for example, is up to 80kg lighter than the comparable out-going model, and the equivalent front-wheel drive van is up to 48kg lighter; net payloads range up to 1,418kg for 3.5tonne models.
The new Transit's lightweight aluminium bonnet saves 5.4kg compared with a steel equivalent, without sacrificing strength, while major savings of 14.7kg were achieved by redesigning the rear axle for the rear-wheel drive model. A new optional, high-strength, lightweight composite bulkhead saves 4.4kg compared with a steel equivalent.
The new Transit's steel wheels are also 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.
'Payload is critical for business productivity. Lighter weight also improves fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions, so every part of the Ford Transit team worked to a weight-saving target, while maintaining strength and durability as a priority,' McDonagh §äid.
As part of the strategy to expand connectivity across its entire commercial vehicle product line-up, Ford is offering FordPass Connect on-board modem technology for the new Transit. The available technology enables fleet operators to optimise running costs through solutions such as the new Ford Telematics and Ford Data Services products launching later this year, and the recently launched new FordPass Pro app – specifically designed to support smaller firms and owner drivers to maximise their productivity.
Further advanced connected technologies include Ford's available 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.
Aftermarket conversions and accessories can access data from the Transit's electrical systems via a new Úpfitter Interface Module.
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 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: all drivetrains feature Normal and Eco Mode. In addition, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive models benefit from Slippery Mode to aid traction on surfaces including ice and snow, and all-wheel drive variants feature Mud/Rut Mode. Rear-wheel drive models fitted with an automatic transmission offer Tow/Haul Mode for smooth power delivery when towing large trailers.
Transit's towing ability is also further improved. Úp to 7,000kg gross train mass enables up to 3,500kg towing capability for 170PS and 185 PS 350GVM rear-wheel drive derivatives, featuring a 4.1:1 final drive ratio.A comprehensive range of available advanced driving assistance technologies have also been introduced to help reduce stress and tiredness, and to help avoid or mitigate the impact of collisions, including:
•Blind Spot Information System with Trailer Tow system, featuring an extended blind spot zone that covers the vehicle plus a trailer of up to 10 metres in length
•Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control, which combines the functionality of Traffic Sign Recognition and Adaptive Cruise Control to help drivers stay within legal speed limits
•Enhanced Lane-Keeping System
•Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, now capable of detecting pedestrians at night when they are illuminated by the headlamps
New available features that can help reduce driver stress and prevent collisions when manoeuvring and parking within busy commercial and urban environments, include:
•Front and rear wide-view cameras to help drivers view oncoming traffic when edging out of a narrow parking space, on busy roads or when reversing
•High mounted rear-view camera, positioned to offer better visibility when reversing, in particular with the doors open
•Parking Aid, enhanced with additional side sensors
•Active Park Assist, which helps drivers find suitable spaces and park hands-free nose-to-tail or side-by-side with other vehicles
•Park-Out Assist, which helps drivers exit parallel parking spaces hands-free
•Cross Traffic Alert, which warns drivers reversing out of a parking space of vehicles that may soon be crossing behind them
In addition, an available powerful, high-mounted LED downlighter allows operators to work behind the Transit in reduced-visibility conditions, while a new Power Side Load Door – available from spring 2020 – provides ease of operation when loading or unloading.
Ford's available MyKey system allows fleet managers to program the key to limit the driver's maximum speed and radio volume, and to permanently switch on active safety features.Instantly recognisable exterior. Practical all-new interior
Bold, uncluttered and designed to be easy to clean, the new Ford Transit exterior features a taller, more assertive three-bar grille and a redesigned lower fascia, with front panels and bumper re-profiled for improved aerodynamics. High-series models feature powerful bi-xenon headlights and new LED daytime running lights with a distinctive Transit family signature.
In keeping with the latest Transit Custom, the new Transit has an all-new interior design, providing enhanced style, practicality and driver comfort. The instrument panel now features further practical touches for drivers who use the cabin as a mobile office, including significantly improved stowage with three open-topped bins on the top of the dashboard. A new device dock on lower series models enables drivers to mount both mobile phones and larger tablets.
Hard-wearing new seat fabrics have been subjected to Ford's toughest-ever abrasion tests, and comfort is further enhanced by new seat designs featuring revised foam padding and geometry for optimised support.
Transit customers continue to be able to select from a range of more than 450 core variants, including front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive drivelines, with a full range of bodystyles and chassis cabs, including the recently introduced low-height Skeletal chassis.
Customers can also specify a new high-specification Limited series with a body-coloured front bumper and 16-inch alloy wheels, in addition to manual air-conditioning, bi-xenon headlights, and SYNC 3 connectivity with an eight-inch touchscreen.New Transit Custom – upgraded powertrains and technology
Delivering significant upgrades shared with the larger new Ford Transit, the enhanced new Ford Transit Custom is also now available across Europe.
Improvements designed to deliver more performance and reduced cost of ownership include Ford's enhanced 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine, including the more powerful 185PS variant. Transit Custom also now offers the segment-first EcoBlue Hybrid powertrain option that delivers additional fuel efficiency improvements. Transit Custom delivers CO2 emissions from 141g/km and fuel efficiency up to 40.9mpg.Alongside new FordPass Connect on-board modem technology, available driver assistance features offered for the first time for Transit Custom owners and operators include:
•Blind Spot Information System with Trailer Tow system
•Adaptive Cruise Control with Intelligent Speed Limiter
•Active Park Assist
•Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection
In addition, at the end of 2019, the Transit Custom range will be expanded by the innovative new Plug-In Hybrid*** model, which delivers the ability to drive on zero-emission electric power in city centres, and to make longer journeys with no range anxiety.Source - Ford