Ford Pro strengthens Transit family with all-new Courier set to deliver big productivity from a compact van

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Larger, longer, and wider, the all-new Ford Transit Courier is set to deliver higher productivity and connectivity for customers, with the first examples of the lead-in Transit model now arriving with businesses across Europe.

In moving towards a sub C-segment sized panel van, Transit Courier has been completely redesigned around a larger and more flexible cargo area that delivers 25 percent more load volume than the outgoing model, offering space for two Euro pallets and increased payload.

Sporting bold SUV-like exterior design makes Transit Courier a desirable, eye-catching billboard for operators’ businesses. Inside, the all-new cabin design include customer-led features to boost productivity and comfort while at work. A comprehensive array of driver assistance technologies has also made Transit Courier the first van to receive a platinum safety award from Euro NCAP according to their most recent testing standards.

Cargo length has been increased by 181 mm to 1,802 mm, and new rear suspension with angled shock absorbers increases the load width between the wheel arches to 1,220 mm. This means the compact van can now carry two Euro pallets. Total cargo volume is 2.9 m3, 25 per cent more than the outgoing model. This can be further increased using the new load-through bulkhead which enables customers to carry items such as planks or pipe over 2,600 mm long. Customers can now choose between a standard payload model, or a high payload version fitted with dual-rate springs to handle maximum gross payload of up to 854 kg  – an increase of over 45 per cent compared with the outgoing model. Maximum towing weight for all variants is 1,100 kg. 

All panel vans feature 180-degree opening rear cargo doors and six floor tie-down points as standard. LED loadspace lighting, rubber or wooden floor covers and half-height cargo stowage rails are available to help operators use the load area more efficiently.

Transit Courier’s high level of built-in technology is headlined by a “digiboard” instrument panel containing a digital instrument cluster and eight-inch centre touchscreen with Ford’s latest SYNC 4 connectivity system.  Subscription-based Connected Navigation  can boost productivity and reduce driver workload with updates on traffic, parking, etc. Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility is standard. 

For drivers who need regular access to their smartphone, a built-in dashboard phone mounting fin is standard on all Transit Courier vans. This removes the need for a vent or windscreen mount and keeps the phone in a safe but visible location. New in-cab storage solutions keep the paperwork, devices and cables necessary for a day’s work organised. Drivers benefit from easy-access open storage behind the digiboard and above the glovebox as well as storage for tablets or A4 pads in the centre console. The door bin inserts feature a separator and a holder large enough for 1.5-litre bottles.

All-new Transit Courier introduces a 125 PS variant  of Ford’s efficient 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, offered alongside the 100 PS version  of the same engine, which has been optimised to produce less CO2and improve fuel efficiency in comparison to previous models.  The EcoBoost powertrain is paired with a six-speed manual gearbox, or a new seven-speed dual clutch transmission to support customers who often drive in stop-start traffic. The system’s twin gearsets enable smooth, fast gearshifts with no loss of torque to improve low-speed efficiency  and the driving experience. A 100 PS 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel engine  is available for customers with higher-mileage use cases. The engine is available on the Transit Courier van and double-cab-in-van models, and teamed with a six-speed manual transmission.

Production of the all-new Transit Courier with petrol and diesel powertrains is now underway at Ford Otosan’s Craiova plant, Romania, and the Courier range will be completed by the electric E-Transit Courier model, with order books opening later this year.

“We’ve responded to customer demand with the all-new Transit Courier, delivering the capability of a larger van while keeping the footprint compact, and adding connected support including Ford Pro Telematics and uptime-boosting FORDLiive to accelerate productivity,” said Hans Schep, general manager, Ford Pro, Europe. “Ford Pro’s long-standing market leadership gives us unrivalled insight into customers’ needs and helps us squeeze even more productivity from our compact vans using innovative engineering and advanced connectivity.”

*Fleet Transport attended the inaugural press drives near Barcelona, Spain last week. Full report in the next edition of the magazine.