After closing its factories and halting internal production, Ford has based its restructuring process on two pillars: premium cars and commercial vehicles.
From this second group a division led by Transit was born, which returned to the country at the end of 2021 with the Minibus version. The second part of the offensive in the van segment now appears with the Van version, whose goal is the same as the passenger configuration: stealing sales from the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.
The freight configuration is available in two versions. The L2H3 costs R $ 239,900 and has a volumetric capacity of 10.7 m3, as well as supporting a load of 1,222 kg. The L3H3 version, on the other hand, has a slightly larger volume surface (12.4 m3), but has a lower load capacity: 1,181 kg. He is asking for R $ 245,900.
Access to the rear compartment can be made via the sliding door on the right or via the rear doors, which open up to 270 degrees. Inside there are 10 hooks for securing the load.
From Uruguay to here
The Transit is manufactured in Uruguay with the CKD system, in which the parts are disassembled so that the vehicle can be assembled there by Nordex. The company even built a factory just to produce the van.
The two versions of the Transit Van are equipped with the same 2.0 turbodiesel engine. There are 170hp and maximum torque of 39.7kgfm, paired with a six-speed manual gearbox.
This is the same set that drives the passenger transport version. An important point is the fact that the van can be driven by anyone with a type B license (the same required to drive a passenger car), as its total gross weight (or GWP) does not exceed 3.5 tons.
Ford has invested in security to try and steal sales from rivals Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Renault Master. That’s why Transit offers the AdvanceTrac package, which includes features such as stability and traction controls, hill start assistant, cornering torque control, cross wind stabilization system, electronic rollover control and hazard warning lights in the event of sudden braking. .
Both versions have features such as air conditioning, electric power steering, electric windows, central locking of the doors, acoustic signaling of lights on, steering column with height and depth adjustment, multifunctional steering wheel, 2.3-inch TFT screen on the instrument panel.
The only one in its class to have the start-stop system, Transit also offers the Sync Move multimedia center, equipped with an eight-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, Bluetooth connection, two USB inputs and two 12-volt sockets and a app store.
The biggest highlight, however, goes to connectivity. The van leaves the factory with an on-board modem for integration with electronic systems. Thus, the owner (of the vehicle or fleet) can access a variety of vehicle data via the FordPass application.
Among the available information are monthly reports with indicators for fleet owners, average consumption (monthly and general), Arla 32 level, distances traveled each month and vehicle position in real time.
You can also schedule maintenance services online and view vehicle health alerts. According to Ford, the system covers up to 3,000 fault warnings and, in severe cases, a service center can contact the owner directly to notify him and schedule repairs.
Ford offers a one-year or 100,000-kilometer warranty. The revisions are scheduled for intervals of 20 thousand kilometers.