A new 185 PS version of Ford’s enhanced 2.0‑litre EcoBlue diesel engine will make the Transit Custom Sport van the most powerful ever when it is introduced from mid-2019, heading up a range of three Transit Sport van models with their signature twin sports stripes.
In addition to a 9 per cent power increase and 415 Nm of torque for more responsive performance, Transit Custom Sport van customers will also benefit from a connectivity boost with the introduction of FordPass Connect on-board modem technology.
The new Transit Connect Sport van, revealed last year at the IAA Commercial Vehicle show in Hannover, Germany, is also now available, and features the upgraded 120 PS 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel and six-speed manual transmission. The compact Transit Courier Sport van completes the line-up.
“Not everyone is satisfied with a standard white van: Ford’s Sport series vans appeal to customers who want to make a statement, while still delivering the tough, capable character that has made the Transit family best sellers,” said Hans Schep, general manager, Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe. “As well as offering eye-catching style, the upgraded Sport vans are responsive and well-equipped with advanced driver assistance technologies.”
Transit Custom Sport sales rose by 58 per cent in 2018 compared with the previous year, with 4,402 vans sold, and sales of the Transit Courier Sport were up by 52 per cent, with 1,044 vans sold. Ford delivered its best commercial sales in 25 years in 2018, selling 380,900 commercial vehicles in its 20 European markets, equating to more than 1,000 commercial vehicle sales every single day of the year.
More power for Transit Custom Sport
Fitted as standard to the Sport van, the Transit Custom’s 185 PS 2.0-litre EcoBlue engine features enhanced high-pressure fuel injection, low-friction architecture and a revised low-inertia turbocharger design that helps deliver a broader spread of power across a wider rpm range.
Customers can choose between a six-speed manual, or the six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, with CO2 emissions from an anticipated 151 g/km, and fuel efficiency from an anticipated 6.9 l/100 km.*
Designed to turn heads, the van combines the bold twin sports stripes with a muscular body kit including body-side mouldings and wheel arch extensions and body-colour bumpers, side mirrors and door handles, alongside 17-inch or 18-inch alloy wheels. The sporting style also features partial leather interior trim in Ebony, including second or third seat rows where fitted.
Transit Custom Sport series customers are offered a wide choice of bodystyles including van, kombi and double-cab-in-van models in both short- and long-wheelbase versions. Driving dynamics are optimised with a unique chassis specification delivering enhanced steering, handling and ride, and a more responsive and agile feel.
FordPass Connect on-board modem technology joins Ford’s SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system as a standard feature for the Transit Custom Sport, turning the vehicle into a WiFi hotspot for up to 10 devices.
The Transit Custom Sport can also now be specified with an enhanced suite of advanced driver assistance technologies including Active Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Intelligent Speed Limiter, Lane-Keeping Aid, and Blind Spot Information System that now also supports trailers up to 10 metres in length.
Transit Connect Sport joins the family
The stylish new Transit Connect Sport packs a visual punch with an exterior styling kit, matte black sports stripes with silver or orange accents, and 16-inch Dark Stainless alloy wheels. The cabin features partial-leather heated driver’s and single passenger seats.
Standard specification includes Dual-Zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control and Cruise Control with Adjustable Speed Limiter. Active Park Assist, Ford’s SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system, and FordPass Connect embedded modem are also available.
Ford’s upgraded 120 PS 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel engine and six-speed manual transmission deliver CO2 emissions from 130 g/km and fuel efficiency from 5.0 l/100 km.
Transit Courier Sport makes a bold statement
The compact Transit Courier Sport makes a big statement for businesses and urban delivery services. Styling highlights include, with bold sports stripes across the bonnet and rear doors, a colour-coded body kit, 16-inch alloys wheels with Magnetic silver painted finish, and partial leather sports seats with red contrast stitching. Convenience features include SYNC 3 with a 4‑inch colour screen and rear parking sensors.
The 100 PS 1.5-litre TDCi engine combined with six-speed manual transmission delivers responsiveness performance alongside 112 g/km CO2 emissions and 4.3 l/100 km fuel efficiency. For those preferring a petrol option, Ford’s 100 PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is available with a six-speed manual transmission, delivering from 126 g/km CO2 and from 5.6 l/100 km fuel efficiency.
In addition to the three distinctive Transit Sport vans, customers requiring a stylish hatchback van can also choose the dynamic Fiesta Sport van, featuring unique front and rear styling, colour-coded rocker panels, and up to 18-inch alloy wheels. The sporting theme continues inside the cabin, with revised seats and trim materials, plus unique steering wheel, pedals and gear lever.
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*The declared Fuel/Energy Consumptions, CO2 emissions and electric range are measured according to the technical requirements and specifications of the European Regulations (EC) 715/2007 and (EC) 692/2008 as last amended. Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are specified for a vehicle variant and not for a single car. The applied standard test procedure enables comparison between different vehicle types and different manufacturers. In addition to the fuel-efficiency of a car, driving behaviour as well as other non-technical factors play a role in determining a car’s fuel/energy consumption, CO2 emissions and electric range. CO2 is the main greenhouse gas responsible for global warming.