Ford has revealed a new generation of its most compact commercial vehicle, the Transit Courier. This new model improves its practicality with a larger cargo area and will also get an electric version. In contrast to its bigger brothers, Transit Connect and Transit Custom, this model was not built in collaboration with Volkswagen.
The new Ford Transit Courier is still very recognizable as a Ford but no longer bears a resemblance to the Fiesta, which is ending its career anyway. Instead, the more boxy shape and vertical headlights remind us of the first-gen Tourneo Connect from 2002.
More cargo, even for the electric version
But make no mistake; this Courier is all-new. It was designed to offer more practicality thanks to a longer, wider, and slightly higher cargo area, which now measures 2,9 m³ compared to the outgoing model’s 2,3 m³. That means there’s now space for two Euro pallets. Payload has also increased, with 678 to 845 kg, depending on the model version.
But the significant change is found underneath the skin, with the Courier getting an electric E-Transit version. It’s powered by a 100 kW (136 hp) electric motor, but Ford is not confirming a battery size yet.
However, we can estimate a capacity of around 60 kWh, given the charge time of 10-100% in 5,7 hours at an 11 kW AC charger. That would imply a range of over 300 km.
DC fast charging is available up to 100 kW, allowing a quick charge to 80% in 35 minutes. The E-Transit Courier manages a 700 kg payload and a towing capacity of 750 kg.
Conventional ICE-based models will still be available, with a 1.0 EcoBoost gas engine with 100 or 125 hp or a 1.5 liter EcoBlue diesel engine with 100 hp.
The 125 hp EcoBoost is the only model available with an automatic gearbox. The maximum trailer weight for the gas models is 1 000 kg; the diesel manages up to 1 100 kg.
On board, the Transit Courier switches to the newest generation of Ford interiors, with a large panel comprising the driver’s display and the big central infotainment screen. Driving aids such as adaptive cruise control, a blind spot detector, and brake assist systems are also available.
This new operating system for the infotainment also allows for connected services, along with the full suite of Ford Pro Telematics and other services. Fleet owners can even remotely stop the vehicle from starting if it is stolen.
The new Ford Transit Courier is launching this summer, with the first deliveries scheduled before the end of the year. The E-Transit Courier is coming later in 2024.
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