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Ford reveals range of new vans

  • Ford unveils new Transit and Transit Connect
  • Wide range of options and configurations
  • New Tourneo Connect also revealed

Ford has taken the wraps off its new Transit and Transit Connect vans, as well as its Tourneo Connect people mover, at a special unveiling in Amsterdam.

The new Transit and Transit Connect commercial vehicles will come to the UK at the end of 2013.

The all-new Transit replaces the heavier two-tonne Transit derivatives. Ford says it will bring new levels of capability and versatility to the medium commercial van market.

Offering a comprehensive range of body styles and configurations, the Transit will come in front-wheel-drive, rear-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive versions. It will be powered by Ford's 2.2-litre Duratorq diesel engine. Multiple wheelbase and roof heights versions will be available.

New chassis cowl models, featuring just a bare cab and chassis, will also be offered for those who wish to outfit a vehicle to suit their specific needs.

The Transit Connect, meanwhile, will be available in short and long wheelbase versions. Ford says it will have the most flexible and functional load boxes on the market and also offer a host of innovations including driver assistance and infotainment systems, making life easier for small and large commercial enterprises.

Ford has not confirmed the engine range but it'll feature both petrol and diesel units with an emphasis on low fuel consumption and low CO2 emissions. Now with a more car-like interior, the new Transit Connect is arguably more modern looking but Ford says it hasn't compromised on functionality and practicality.

The all-new Tourneo Connect joins the recently unveiled Tourneo Custom and it will be offered as the five-seat Tourneo Connect and the seven-seat Grand Tourneo Connect. Both versions come with rear sliding doors, flexible seating and a number of stowage areas.

The Tourneo Connect is due to go on sale in the early part of 2013. The new eight/nine-seat Tourneo Custom is on sale now.

Read Parkers reviews of Ford's current van range here.