Ford’s first-ever small Transit van delivers unsurpassed fuel efficiency across the diesel and petrol engines range. The 93bhp 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi, Dagenham-built engine achieves 76.3mpg and 97g/km CO2emissions.
The stylish all-new Ford Transit Courier offers 10 per cent more load volume than its direct competitors with 2.3m3 (SAE) behind the bulkhead, as well as a longer load length at floor level, and greater access width through the sliding side doors.
The compact and versatile van also brings a new level of technology and functionality to the segment with class-leading safety features, in-cab stowage space and connectivity, including Ford SYNC with Emergency Assistance.
Aimed at the urban delivery market and small businesses requiring a functional and compact van, the all-new Ford Transit Courier will generate new sales for Ford in the fast-growing small commercial vehicle segment. This adds to the momentum created by the larger products from the completely redesigned and expanded Ford Transit range.
Following the introduction of the all-new Transit, Transit Custom and Transit Connect models starting in late 2012, Ford’s CV sales have increased 10.2 per cent in the first three months of 2014 – the company’s highest for the period since 2011.
“The all-new Transit Courier is an affordable, hard-working van that offers unrivalled fuel economy and bigger load space than its closest competitors,” said Paulo Giantaglia, chief programme engineer, Transit Courier, Ford of Europe. “This is the perfect vehicle for today’s busy city streets, and will bring Transit capability to a whole new group of customers.”
Class-leading efficiency, cost-of-ownership and durability
All-new Transit Courier’s highly-efficient diesel and petrol engines contribute to class-leading cost-of-ownership. In addition to the 1.6-litre diesel, customers can specify the 74bhp 1.5-litre diesel that also betters all rivals with 103g/km CO2 and 72.4mpg. Fuel-saving Auto-Start-Stop is available as an option throughout the range.
All powertrains offer extended one-year/20,000 mile service intervals and the vehicle design has been optimised for ease of serviceability and repair. A multi-piece rear bumper, rugged body-side protection and high-mounted front and rear lights help to reduce the cost of accident damage and lead to lower insurance premiums. Expensive fuelling errors are avoided by the unique, standard-fit, Ford Easy Fuel system.
All-new Transit Courier has been engineered to deliver exceptional reliability, and prototypes have been tested over the equivalent of one million miles, or two return trips to the moon. The durability testing is designed to simulate years of extreme use, and includes more than 250,000 miles in typical customer operating conditions on public roads. The doors have been closed 250,000 times in non-stop endurance tests to ensure reliability.
Best-in-class load-carrying ability and practicality
The all-new Transit Courier has a load compartment which offers superior load-carrying features compared to its direct rivals, including:
- Longer load length at floor level of 1.62m, and easier loading of bulky items via wider sliding rear side doors (width 453mm with bulkhead)
- Full-height, full-width steel bulkhead (glazed or unglazed), fully compliant with the internationally-recognised standards for load restraints DIN and ISO
- Optional folding mesh bulkhead (DIN- and ISO-compliant) and fold-dive passenger seat for longer items up to 2.59m, and maximum load volume of 2.6m3 (SAE)
- Six cargo tie-down points (DIN- and ISO-compliant), including four rear side-mounted points to avoid obstruction of the floor area
- Multiple pre-installed bodyside fixing points to mount racking or framework
- Optional ultra-bright LED loadspace lighting for the van bodystyle
With a maximum payload capacity of 660kg, the Transit Courier can accommodate a wide variety of cargo and equipment, including a standard Euro pallet. For optimum access to the load compartment, twin asymmetric rear cargo doors with an opening angle of up to 158 degrees are standard; single or dual sliding side load doors can be specified.
Commercial Kombi versions offer room for up to five occupants withflexible 60/40 split folding rear seats with a tip/tumble mechanism for additional versatility or dual business/personal usage; a generous load volume of 1.69m3 is available with the rear seats tumbled.
The cabin becomes an ideal mobile office thanks to a class-leading range of stowage features including a large centre console capable of storing A4 documents and small laptops; a full-width overhead stowage shelf; and a drawer under the front passenger seat. Drivers can use the unique new Device Dock to store, mount and charge their mobile devices such as phones and navigation systems; other smart interior features include a Rear View Camera option.
Segment-first safety features, class-leading driving dynamics
The Transit Courier introduces new safety features to the segment, and the Commercial Kombi offers side curtain airbags, knee airbags and second-row seat beltminders as part of a comprehensive restraint system that also includes driver, passenger and side thorax airbags.
Customers can specify Ford SYNC with Emergency Assistance, the latter of which assists the occupants to call the local emergency services operator in the event of an accident, as well as Speed Limiters and a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System. The standard Electronic Stability Control system features Hill Start Assist, Traction Control and Roll-Over Mitigation.
The new vehicle’s chassis has been tuned with a unique steering ratio and innovative dual-rate rear springs that help to deliver class-leading driving dynamics under all load conditions. The springs enable the vehicle to offer a smooth and refined ride even when unladen, while maintaining the agile handling and manoeuvrability of a compact vehicle in busy city streets.