Van fan: Ford has finally added an automatic transmission option to its range of Transits.
Facelifted Ford Transit gains EcoBlue diesel and automatic transmission
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20 April 2017
By TIM ROBSON
FORD Australia has added an automatic transmission option to its Transit
commercial van line, along with new engines and more equipment across the
The new 2.0-litre EcoBlue turbo-diesel engine for the Transit and Transit
Custom is also Euro 6 compliant, and brings improvements in power, torque and
fuel economy, according to Ford Australia.
“The all-new EcoBlue engine in the Transit and Transit Custom offer better
performance and better fuel economy, and coupled with the automatic
transmission, combine to provide customers a technology-packed option in the
van segment,” said president and CEO of Ford Australia, Graeme Whickman.
The new 2.0-litre turbo engine is said to be between 10 and 15kg lighter than
the 2.2-litre DuroTorq motor that it replaces in the smaller Transit Custom,
but continues on in the larger Transit.
Ford’s new EcoBlue unit uses a compact turbocharger, an offset crankshaft and
an integrated inlet manifold to improve economy and reduce levels of noise,
vibration and harshness (NVH).
In fact, Ford claims the engine is the first within the company to achieve
passenger car NVH levels.
It will come in two states of tune; a 96kW/385Nm version (up 4kW and 35Nm and
down 0.8L/100km in manual guise to 6.4L/100km over the old 2.2-litre engine),
for the Transit Custom, and a more potent 125kW/405Nm tune for the larger
version of the Transit that is up 11kW and 20Nm over the existing version.
Fuel figures for the higher output engine have yet to be confirmed.
Service intervals have also doubled to 30,000km.
Mr Whickman also added that the automatic transmission option would open up the
Transit to a much wider segment of the medium van market.
The six-speed automatic also sees service in the United States in passenger
models such as the Taurus and Explorer, and is fitted with a fluid coupling
clutch, rather than a mechanical version.
It will compete with vehicles like the Toyota HiAce and Hyundai iLoad, both of
which offer automatic transmissions within their respective ranges.
Prices have risen on some Transit variants, while the automatic transmission
will cost $2750.
The base Transit Custom 290S front-wheel-drive van gets the 96kW version of the
new engine, along with a new crosswind stability program, a larger rearview
camera display that moves from the mirror to a new 4.0-inch multimedia screen,
full hubcaps and a new chrome grille insert.
It goes up $1700 to $39,690 before on-road costs in manual guise, while the
automatic option adds another $2750.
The larger Custom 340L gets the option of a $2100 City Nav Pack, which adds
Ford’s Sync3 system to the Transit. It includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto,
swipe-and-pinch touchscreen control and satellite navigation.
The 340L also jumps $1700 in price in the manual version to $41,690 before on
roads, or to $44,440 with the automatic transmission.
The even larger Transit 350L maintains the 2.2-litre engine in rear-wheel-drive
manual form for $47,680 before on road costs, and can be optioned with the
higher-spec 125kW 2.0-litre engine and front-wheel-drive automatic combo for
The rest of the range, including the Transit 35E and 470E, as well as the
single- and double-cab chassis 470E, maintain the same specification and
pricing as before.
More than 100 colours can be optioned across the range, according to Ford.
So far this year, the Transit/Transit Custom pairing sits fifth in the
2.5-3.5-tonne van category to the end of March, with 284 units sold (of which
eight are Transits).
It is behind the Renault Trafic (392), Volkswagen’s Transporter (386), the
iLoad (1593) and the HiAce (1689).