Ford launched its compact and efficient all-new Transit Courier at the 2013 Birmingham CV Show. This show marks the first time that Ford will be presenting its complete line-up of four next-generation Transit commercial vehicles. The Transit Courier offers top-of-the-class loadspace, running costs and safety features. It is the smallest vehicle in Ford’s all-new Transit range and along with the Transit Connect, Transit Custom and Transit, they comprise the most comprehensive ever line-up of Transit vehicles.
The Transit Courier will start selling in spring 2014, which is when all four new Transit models will be offered in the showrooms in Europe. This lineup includes the roomy new high-roof version of the Transit Custom that is presented for the first time in Birmingham.
Other models in Ford’s reinvigorated commercial vehicle range are the new Fiesta Van and new Ranger, which received the International Pickup Award in 2013, joining the Transits on the Birmingham stand. The all-new Transit Courier is a major step upwards for the Transit range, widening the nameplate into the compact van segment for the first time.
The Transit Courier is based on Ford’s global B-segment platform and offers class-leading load volume of 2.3m3(SAE) with standard full bulkhead within an overall length of 4.16 metres. In addition, it offers the agile handling and manoeuvrability of a compact car. The Transit Courier will be offered with very efficient diesel and petrol engines that aim for the best-in-class fuel economy and provide Auto-Start-Stop on all of its units. Buyers can select either the Dagenham-made 1.5-litre 75PS or the 1.6-litre 95PS Duratorq TDCi diesel engine.
They can also get the 1.0-litre 100PS EcoBoost petrol engine, which was named the “International Engine of the Year” in 2012. The Transit Courier offers a look that’s stylish and professional. It exhibits the dynamic nature of Ford’s global design language with its bold rising shoulder line, slender headlamps and high-mounted signature trapezoidal grille.
It comes with rugged bumpers and bodyside mouldings that offer extra protection and lessen repair costs. The cabin provides the perfect mobile-office environment, with neat stowage such as a “mega-centre” console that can store A4 documents and small laptops; overhead stowage; and a storage drawer found under the driver’s seat. There’s a device dock in the centre of the instrument panel that permits occupants to store, mount and charge mobile devices like phones and satnavs.