UNWRAPPED: Ford has taken the wraps off its new 2-tonne
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Transit, set to go on sale in April. The van sports distinctive new styling, to reflect its target market, and comes with a host of features aimed at reducing fuel consumption and running costs. The Transit covers the weight range from 2.9-tonne to 4.7-tonne GVW. As before, front-, rearand all-wheel drive options are available, while the loadbox area has been squared off, producing a 10% increase in volume, which maxes out at 15.1m3in the Jumbo van. A range of chassis cabs, with a 5.23m frame length option, are available, as is the obligatory minibus option. Power comes from the 2.2-litre Duratorq diesel motor with a choice of 100hp, 125hp and 155hp rating, driven through a manual 6-speed transmission; there will not be an automatic option for Europe. The environmentally friendly ECOnetic versions combine a host of fuel-efficiency aids, which Ford claimed will result in 6% fuel savings over its predecessor. The van will be built and sold in North America for the first time.