Revealed at the 2018 IAA Commercial Vehicle show in Hannover, Germany, the new 2tonne Transit is the smartest and most productive Transit ever.
Providing increased load-carrying capability and upgraded powertrains that optimise fuel efficiency by up to 7 per cent, the new Transit also is introduced with a segment-first new diesel mild hybrid (mHEV) powertrain option that delivers an additional fuel efficiency improvement of around 3 per cent compared with the standard diesel model, with up to 8 per cent in stop-start urban applications.
The new Transit is connected as never before, offering operators the benefits of the Ford PassConnect on-board modem technology which will help fleet professionals to improve vehicle utilisation and optimise running costs.
Ford’s advanced 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine* has been further optimised to deliver fuel efficiency improvements of up to 7 per cent according to Ford engineering data based on a real-world driving cycle.
A fuel-injection system that increases peak pressure to 2,200 bar helps achieve 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) to the 2-tonne Transit for the first time; an extensive programme of weight saving; 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 Efficient Drive Mode, which uses GPS positioning to give predictive advice on how to achieve the best fuel economy on the road ahead.
The choice of 105 PS, 130 PS and 170 PS power ratings is expanded with the addition of a new 185 PS variant, which delivers a generous 415 Nm 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.