In the smaller corner of the light commercial vehicle arena, Ford’s Transit Connect and Courier vans are the best-selling models of 2017 and initial details have now been released on the new versions coming in mid-2018. We take a look at the highlights.
Ford’s latest design DNA has been injected into the new Connect, the imposing and modern grille echoing the current Fiesta, Focus and other models in the family. Slimmer headlights flank it elegantly and high trim variants will look even more eye-catching with LED daytime running lights and powerful Xenon headlights. The new Ford Courier, meanwhile, which is the smaller of the two compact vans, also boasts a similarly reshaped grille and revised fascia.
Giving the vans an ever more car-like feel, higher series models of the 2018 Ford Transit Connect and Courier will feature a floating 6-inch SYNC3 colour touchscreen infotainment system above their centre consoles. The perceived build quality and sophistication of the materials has been upped in both vehicles’ cabins. With safety at the forefront of many fleet managers’ minds, Ford is debuting Intelligent Speed Limiter on the Connect, speed automatically adjusted to keep within limits, while Pre-Collision Assist incorporates Pedestrian Detection. Side Wind Stabilisation and Active Park Assist are also available, keeping at-work drivers safer and their daily routines more comfortable.
Offered in short and long wheelbase guises, the 2018 Ford Transit Connect van enables payloads ranging from 520-890kg to be transported. The maximum possible load volume is 3.6m3 and tradespeople to fleet managers can specify kombi or double-cab bodystyles when they finalise their leasing/contract hire deals.
The new Transit Courier can carry between 500-590kg in its maximum cargo volume of 2.4m3 and is too available as a kombi, while the top of the tree includes Sport and Limited variants.
With new real-world fuel economy and emissions tests having come into effect, fleet managers can rest assured that the new for 2018 Ford Transit Connect and Courier LCVs meet Euro 6.2 emissions standards, the new 1.5-litre EcoBoost diesel unit excelling in every area, from performance to environmental friendliness. An extra gear has been added to the now 6-speed manual gearbox, while an 8-speed automatic transmission will also be offered, possibly of interest to business drivers who typically get stuck in urban traffic congestion.
The realisation is building that petrol is actually the most viable overall fuel choice for many fleets, which is where the new version of Ford’s 1-litre EcoBoost engine steps onto the stage, clever cylinder deactivation technology along with an Active Grille Shutter helping boost MPG and reduce emissions even further.
Fleet managers continuously try to keep the vehicles operating under their duty of care doing so with as little off-road downtime as possible and Ford has extended the servicing intervals on all variants of its new Transit Connect and Courier vans, 25,000 miles or two years from diesel manual variants representing best-in-class credentials.
Whether you’re a sole trader or look after a fleet of vehicles, contact us today for the most suitable business contract hire offers and deals available on Ford’s revised compact vans.