Along with the new transmission Ford is also introducing a new 2.0-litre EcoBlue turbo diesel engine across the entire Transit Custom range, plus the 350L front wheel drive Transit auto.
Outputs from the new engine are rated at 125kW/405Nm in the Transit and 96kW/385Nm in the Transit Custom. The previous 2.2 litre turbo diesel of the Transit manual models also continues unchanged with outputs of 114kW and 385Nm.
Also new is Ford-developed Side Wind Stabilisation technology that helps keep the van steady in a crosswind at vehicle speeds in excess of 80 km/h.
According to Ford’s calculations the the addition of automatic models to the Transit and Transit Custom ranges expands the two vans’ coverage from just 34 percent of the medium-sized van market to a more substantial 85 percent.
"The arrival of an automatic variant for Transit and Transit Custom widens our small business opportunities and expands consideration to include large fleet and Government buyers," Ford Australia president and CEO, Graeme Whickman, said.
"We're enabling customers to make a real go of things with a broader range and even stronger offering with a vehicle that's recognised globally as the benchmark. On top of this, longer service intervals mean less time off the road, while a longer warranty brings peace of mind so owners can focus on their business success."
The new EcoBlue engine reduces fuel consumption in the Transit Custom 340L model from 7.4-litres per 100km to 6.6L/100km in a direct manual-to-manual comparison.
Ford has also extended the service intervals from 12-months/15,000km to 30,000km with the new engine for reduced operating costs.
Other changes include the adoption of Ford’s latest Sync3 infotainment system for the first time on the Transit Custom 350L automatic model. Customers that add the optional City Nav Pack also have access to Sync3, bringing a 6.0-inch touchscreen as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality to the van.
Ford also touts the availability of both the Transit and Transit Custom in more than 100 colour options, as something ideally suited to helping small businesses select a van matched to their visual identity and brand image.
"It's another thing we're doing to help consumers buy not just a van, but a vehicle that works for their brand and really stands out," Whickman said. "It's not just a van, but a part of your life, and a vehicle to actually want and desire."
Ford Transit Custom
290S FWD 2.0L EcoBlue manual - $39,690
290S FWD 2.0L EcoBlue auto - $42,440
340L FWD 2.0L EcoBlue manual - $41,690
340L FWD 2.0L EcoBlue auto - $44,440
350L RWD 2.2L diesel manual - $47,680
350L FWD 2.0L EcoBlue auto - $51,380
350E RWD 2.2L diesel manual - $51,180
470E RWD 2.2L diesel manual - $54,180
Single Cab Chassis 470E RWD 2.2L diesel manual - $49,180
Double Cab Chassis 470E RWD 2.2L diesel manual - $52,680
Bus 410L RWD 2.2L diesel manual - $57,680
Note: Manufacturer's list price excluding on-road costs
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