At the International Exhibition of Commercial Vehicles in Hannover, Germany (IAA Hannover 2018) Ford has introduced a new two-ton version of the Transit van with the largest load-carrying capacity in the history of the model.
The Ford Transit, with a payload capacity of 2 tons, uses an electric power steering system, tires with low rolling resistance, and improved aerodynamic performance.
The load-carrying capacity of the vehicle is improved due to a program of weight saving in each element of the structure. It includes a new aluminum hood, stamped steel rims of variable thickness, a single silencer, in-body partitions made of lightweight and durable composite materials.
Ford improved the 2-liter EcoBlue diesel engine, which is claimed to be 7% more economical. The Start & Stop technology has become standard for all versions of the model.
The power lineup includes motors of 105, 130, 170 hp, as well as a new 185-hp version with 415 Nm of torque..
While the new Transit receives a standard 6-speed manual transmission, but a 10-speed automatic gearbox will join from the spring of 2020.
The new car uses innovative mHEV mild-hybrid technology for diesel engines to achieve a little additional fuel economy especially in urban conditions.
Instead of a regular alternator, a combined starter generator with a belt drive is used in it. It allows to restore and store energy in the recovery mode and charge the lithium-ion battery to 48 volts. This energy is used to support the engine under normal driving and acceleration, as well as to power auxiliary electrical appliances and car systems.
Sales of the new Ford Transit in Europe will start from mid-2019. The model will be produced at the factory in Kocaeli (Turkey).