The fixation on fuel economy is not just affecting cars, but also vans too, as commercial vehicle drivers demand ever more from their work horses.
And in response, Ford is launching its new Transit Connect van-with a staggering improvement of more than a third (34 per cent) in fuel economy when comparing the outgoing Econetic model to the new model. The cleanest Transit Connect model now achieves 70.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 105g/km-when fitted with a 62mph speed limiter.
Prices for the new light commercial vehicle start from £13,921 rising to £19,130-saving seven per cent versus the equivalent old models-complemented by lower running costs thanks to improvements in fuel economy.
Order books for the new model are already open, for deliveries from late this year.
Available in Van, Double-Cab-in-Van and Kombi bodystyles with short-wheelbase (L1) and long-wheelbase (L2) versions, the Ford Transit Connect offers a practical load area with total volumes of 2.9m3 and 3.6m3 with a full bulkhead, or 3.7m3 and 4.4m3 including the front loadspace area. The new vehicle can carry payloads of up to 1,000kg matching best in class figures.
“Ford has taken the toughness and dependability of the current Transit Connect, made considerable improvements to the fuel efficiency, added smart new loadspace features, and delivered a dynamic new style,” said Barb Samardzich, vice president Product Development, Ford of Europe. “The all-new Transit Connect sets new standards for compact vans and provides the perfect partner for a wide range of businesses.”
The new model will also be the first Ford van to offer customers the highly fuel-efficient 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, twice winner of the International Engine of the Year award, delivering class-leading petrol economy of 50.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 129g/km.
Ford ECOnetic Technologies, including Auto-Start-Stop and Active Grille Shutter, help to minimise fuel consumption on selected models. The full powertrain line-up includes the highly-efficient, Dagenham-built 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engine with a choice of 75, 95 and 115PS power outputs, and the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine with 100PS power output.
Unlike many rivals which are tested like passenger cars, Ford says the all-new Transit Connect has been subjected to its stringent commercial vehicle testing and durability standards, covering the equivalent of three million miles of testing, including at least 250,000 miles in tough real-world fleet conditions.
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