The Ford Transit has been subjected to seven million customer-equivalent miles of brutal testing in our labs and proving grounds, on roads and highways across America, at temperature extremes from -40 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. We used trucks driven by robots at our Michigan Proving Grounds facility to conduct tests that would be too strenuous for human drivers over an extended period of time, enabling us to compress years of daily abuse into a mere few months. Our objective: enable Transit to take on the toughest challenges of strength and dependability on your everyday jobs.
The Ford Transit is built in Kansas City, with 12 upfitters located conveniently within 30 miles of the assembly plant. This means faster delivery to the upfitter of your choice, in that your vehicle gets completed sooner and on the job faster. And Transit is designed for ease of upfitting.
Transit models feature the fuel/Diesel DEF filler door located in the cab behind the driver's door, plus multiple body mounts and a prewired harness. The in-cab fuel/Diesel DEF filler door also provides added security because the filler door can be accessed only when the driver's door is open.
The Transit does everything from hauling cargo to transporting people. The van model is available in three roof heights and three body lengths. And the wagon is available in 8-, 10-, 12- and 15-passenger models. Medium- and high-roof vans are now available with dual side sliding doors.
The Transit offers a variety of wheelbases and body lengths to match the particular requirements of your business, whether you're carrying cargo or transporting people. And with rack-and-pinion steering and MacPherson-strut front suspension, the Transit handles and maneuvers more efficiently and precisely than the previous generation of the Ford full-size van.
With the three available roof heights combined with the three body lengths, you have multiple choices in cargo volumes/payloads in the cargo van and more space in the wagon for people and their belongings.
The Transit Cargo Van and Wagon are built with lightweight yet strong unibody construction. Front, rear and side rails are welded with the floor pan, crossmembers and torque boxes to form a single body. Unibody construction, while lighter in weight than body-on-frame, yields tremendous strength and durability. It's built with high-strength steel as well as boron steel in select areas.
Different businesses have varying cargo volume and payload requirements. That's why the Ford Transit Van offers a number of configurations from its three available body lengths and three roof heights.
That alone says volumes about the innovative new design of the Transit. Cargo volumes range from 246.7 cu. ft. (regular wheelbase and low roof) to 487.3 cu. ft. (long wheelbase/extended body and high roof). The Transit Van carries big loads as well with payloads up to 4,560 lbs. And you can carry ladder racks on the roof with its capacity of up to 420 lbs.
Carrying people in comfort is the specialty of the Transit Wagon.
From light to heavy loads, no matter the requirement your job calls for, the Transit delivers the capability you need. Transit Cargo Van has a GVWR range from 8,650 lbs. (single rear wheels) to 10,360 lbs. (dual rear wheels). Payloads go from 3,060 lbs. (single rear wheels) on up to 4,560 lbs. (dual rear wheels). And you can carry ladder racks on the roof with its capacity of up to 420 lbs. Payloads go from 2,610 lbs. (single rear wheels) on up to 3,480 lbs. (dual rear wheels).
The Transit Van offers an Ambulance Prep Package available with medium or high roof. The recreational side of life is covered as well, with the RV Prep Package available on the XLT wagon.
Transit has a maximum towing capability of 7,500 lbs. and offers available features to help make towing convenient.
The available trailer brake controller (TBC) works in conjunction with the anti-lock brakes and synchronizes the vehicle and trailer brakes for seamless braking.
And there's trailer sway control (TSC) technology included in the Trailer Wirings Provisions Package. Integrated with the standard AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, TSC uses selective wheel braking and reduced engine power to help maintain trailer control, even when you're towing a very heavy load.
The standard 3.7L V6 delivers responsive performance with 275 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, along with impressive efficiency, thanks to twin independent variable cam timing (Ti-VCT) technology.
Intake and exhaust valves typically have to open and close at a fixed point, compromising performance. But Ti-VCT virtually eliminates this compromise. With its variable control of valve cam timing, Ti-VCT can optimize performance across the entire range of the power band to match the driving condition of the moment.
With the 3.7L engine, Ford offers an available CNG/Propane Gaseous Engine Prep Package for power conversion to compressed natural gas (CNG) or propane autogas.
The available EcoBoost engine is amazingly power-efficient. Displacing 3.5 liters, the EcoBoost generates 310 horsepower and has a best-in-class maximum gas torque rating of 400 lb.-ft. What makes this possible are the combined technologies of direct injection and turbocharging. Direct injection (DI) delivers a precise, fine mist of fuel directly into each cylinder, unlike conventional port fuel injection that sprays into the intake system. DI is designed to extract as much power as possible from every drop of fuel. Turbochargers kick in on demand to provide a surge of responsive power when needed. The 3.5L EcoBoost V6 uses two small turbochargers that spool up to their operating speeds quickly. The turbochargers and direct injection combine to produce impressive torque output early in the rpm range.
Severe-duty applications like courier and transport duty call for an engine to run many hours a day under constant idling and stop-and-go conditions. The answer: the available direct-injected 3.2L Power Stroke inline I-5 Turbo Diesel that puts out 185 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. This B20 biodiesel-capable Transit engine option is designed to help give you the right balance of power and efficiency, plus proven Ford diesel ruggedness and dependability.
With the available manual regen initiation feature, you don't have to drive at cruising speed to get the engine temperature high enough to initiate regeneration, the process of burning off soot from exhaust gases trapped in the diesel particulate filter (DPF). While the engine is idling, you can activate manual regen initiation to raise the exhaust gas temperature to burn off the soot. After the burn-off is completed, the exhaust temperature reverts to its normal level.
Every Transit engine gets a 6-speed SelectShift transmission designed for low-end acceleration and high-end efficiency. And SelectShift gives you two modes of operation to choose from. Progressive Range Select lets you toggle on the shift lever to reduce the range of available gears while in Drive. Or choose Full Manual function that lets you pull the shift lever into "M" for manual mode and use the same toggle switch to select the gear desired.
Compressed natural gas (CNG) and propane autogas are becoming increasingly popular choices for those looking to reduce emissions. That's why the 3.7L V6-powered Transit offers the CNG/Propane Gaseous Engine Prep Package. Included are hardened exhaust valves and valve seats for improved wear resistance and durability for gaseous fuel systems.
While the Transit exterior shows the energy-in-motion influence of the Ford kinetic design, the interior is equally dynamic with its driver-focused attitude. The driver's seat is adjustable to several positions, and the steering wheel tilts and telescopes to provide the most comfortable position for any driver. The modern, car-like instrument panel features ergonomic gauges and controls that are easy to read and reach. There's plenty of storage space as well for carrying a wide assortment of items.
A camera mounted behind the windshield watches road lane markings to determine vehicle position and detect a lane departure. The available system can operate during the day or night. Lane-keeping alert warns you through a series of steering wheel vibrations, which mimic a rumble strip, should the system detect an unintentional lane departure.
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Keep your fleet on the road instead of idling in the garage. Available Ford Telematics powered by Telogis helps track your fleet of Ford trucks and can assist you in everything from real-time vehicle maintenance alerts to routing. A GPS-enabled "black box," mounted inside your vehicle, records and processes a wealth of useful information - from current location, speed and fuel economy to airbag status and oil life remaining. This data is used to create helpful reports and real-time alerts for metrics that are important to your bottom line. The system can monitor driver safety belt usage and real-time diagnostic alerts. Other functionality includes satellite imagery, geo-fencing and account hierarchies. And this is all done while your vehicles are on the road.
It's easy to use add-on systems with four available user-defined, factory-installed upfitter switches. Four circuits can operate high-power relays for heavy-duty accessories. They're integrated into the instrument panel for fast power access and upfit operation. Clean installation is prewired and ready to go.
Transit low-roof models come with passenger-side 60/40 hinged cargo doors, while the medium- and high-roof models have a passenger-side sliding cargo door. If your job calls for working from both sides, dual sliding side cargo doors are available on medium- and high-roof vans. The rear hinged 50/50 cargo doors swing open 180 degrees on the 130-inch wheelbase model and 237 degrees on the 148-inch wheelbase model. The standard step bumper makes getting in and out of the cargo area easy. And the rear doors are fitted with high-visibility reflective strips on the door edges and at the inside edge so that they can be easily seen when the doors are open.
The Transit offers a variety of cargo side/rear door window configurations to match a specific application. A van carrying heavy furniture wall-to-wall would call for no windows or maybe just rear cargo door windows. A taxi service, on the other hand, would need windows all around to spot potential passengers. Choose the side cargo and rear window configuration that best suits your job.