Transit: greener, but costs £350 more
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THE NEW version of Ford's Transit will be larger and more fuel efficient, but will cost more when it is launched in the spring.
Specifications in the 2-tonne Transit models have been significantly improved, and Ford estimates a £1,000 improvement in whole life costs over 80,000 miles compared with the outgoing model. But new models, which are available to order now, will carry an increased price of £20,795 for a 100PS 290 SWB low-roof panel van — a £1,350 rise over a similar outgoing model.
However, buyers will benefit from increased fuel economy from the new Euro-6-compliant engine, with the best performing Econetic models returning a best-in-class 44.1mpg combined fuel figure — equivalent to 169g/km of 002. Power for the new range comes from a 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi available with nominal power ratings of 100hp, 125hp and 155hp.
The greatest changes to the new model occur in the body, where the new Transit increases maximum load volume by as much as 11%. Popular 3.5-tonne medium-wheelbase and medium-roof models will see load volume increase from 9.1m3 to 10.m3
thanks to significant increases in maximum length and height. Internal load
dimensions will now measure 3,083mm x 1,784mm x 1,886mm (length, width, height). Deliveries will begin on the Continent in the spring.