- All new compact panel van completes four vehicle line-up
- Range of engines including 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol
- Load volume of 2.3 cubic metres and on sale in Spring 2014
Ford has unveiled the fourth and smallest member of the Transit line-up.
The all new Ford Transit Courier is a compact panel van that promises agile driving and class leading load space.
Claimed to have a load volume of 2.3 cubic metres the Courier has a load floor length of 1.62m that can be extended to 2.59m if the optional folding passenger seat and mesh bulkhead is specified. It also has a maximum payload of 660kgs.
This makes the Courier the class leader with 10% more load space than its nearest rivals.
To help maximise the use of that load space, the Courier features a 60/40 spilt rear plus sliding side doors.
Inside there are six cargo tie-down points and there is the option of bright LED interior lighting to make securing loads as easy as possible.
The Transit Courier comes as standard with a fixed steel bulkhead (either glazed or unglazed), body side mouldings to help protect the main bodywork and multiple fixing points for body racking.
There's three engines including a petrol unit and all will come with auto stop start. Diesel choice is either a 1.5-litre 74bhp or a 1.6-litre 93bhp engine while the firm will also offer the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine with 98bhp. All three engines are claimed to offer low running costs.
Inside the cabin is very car like, sharing its steering wheel with the Fiesta, and featuring a dash that includes ‘soft touch’ materials.
The emphasis is very much on the practical with the Courier. A larged tray on the passenger side is ideal for storing items as are the large door bins. There's also an area to stash and recharge mobile devices in the central dash.
A ‘mega-centre’ console which is capable of storing A4 documents, with further stowage overhead and under the driver’s seat provide a fully functional mobile office.
It'll also feature tech usually found on cars including a reversing camera, electronic stability control and Ford’s Sync system, which enables the driver to connect their mobile phone and use voice commands to control it.
The Transit Courier is the smallest panel van in Ford’s new four vehicle Transit line-up, with the Transit Connect the next size up, followed by the Transit Custom and the two-tonne Transit as the largest in the line-up.
Prices for the Transit Courier are likely to be announced in September 2013 with the compact panel van going on sale in Spring 2014. Look out for the full Ford Transit Courier review coming soon.
New Ford Transit Courier is smallest panel van in Transit range
Courier interior includes lots of storage and Ford's Sync system