Ford to replace the Ecoline with the redesigned Transit

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 9, 2011

Ford said that when it comes to the full-sized van market, customers are looking for a lot of variety. Ford said that operators are particularly looking for taller, longer and more fuel-efficient vans. During a recent press event that took place at Ford's headquarters, more hints were given about what will replace the Econoline.

Ford's Kansas City assembly plant will start production of this vehicle in 2013. Ford had said that the redesigned Transit will replace the Econoline.

This is the van that Ford currently sells in many continents. The "Econoline" name will be replaced by the “Transit.” This is a nameplate that goes back all the way from the 1960s. It’s expected that ford will market the full-sized Transit and the compact Transit Connect, referred to as the Transit Family. Ford also said that the global vehicle platform will be flexible, indicating that Ford can make front- and rear-drive models, along with all-wheel drive.

Ford declined to say what configuration is meant for North America. However, it’s likely that rwd was chosen. The van will be available is what Ford refers to as “multiple wheelbases." Its fuel economy will go up by at least 25%. Ford has yet to unveil its powertrain information but it’s highly likely that a diesel will be offered. Lastly, three roof heights may be available in the U.S.

The all-new Transit Connect is made under “One Ford” global product strategy. Ford Transit Connect provides transport services and companies with more fuel savings. With this, transit operators also benefit from its durability and load capacity unlike any other.

Ford’s commercial van is currently being produced in Ford’s manufacturing facility located in Valencia, Spain. The development team consists of the engineers from the company’s branch in Otosan, Turkey. New models are expected to come out in the last quarter of 2013.

Transit Connect, along with the rest of the transit models coming out in 2014 are among Ford’s all-new-four-transit series. The three other models are the 2-tonne Transit, Transit Courier and the Transit Custom. It will be sold in North America and Europe and also in some selected markets around the world.

Ford’s utility vehicle is available in Limited, Trend, and Ambiente. Under its most saleable Trend model, the new Transit Connect offers load-through bulkhead and dual passenger seat features aside from the standard air-conditioning system.

With a maximum payload of 1,000kg, Ford Transit Connect will come in Kombi body style, Double-Cab-in-Van and the regular van. The very spacious load area has a total volume of up to 2.9 m3 or 3.6 m3 (for full bulkhead) and 3.7 m3 or 4.4 m3 when the front load area is included.

Barn Samardzich, Ford Europe’s VP for Product Development, said that the company has brought a strong and dependable vehicle out of the Transit Connect series. The most significant features include the new exterior’s dynamic design, the smart and spacious interior and of course fuel economy. Thus, business owners and transport service operators will surely benefit from this new level of standards.

Topics: ford, ford transit

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