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New generation of utilitarian Transit arrives

By Carlos A. Pefaur
Herald Staff
Ford has introduced the new generation of its Transit commercial van, which has been developed entirely as a global platform under the “One Ford” marketing platform.

The new Transit is the vehicle’s seventh generation. In Argentina, the Transit was sold between 1996 and 2002. After an interval, it returned with the sixth generation in late 2010. This new Transit arrives imported from Turkey and will be available by mid-August.

The new Transit will be marketed in Argentina in four different versions. The Medium Box offers a volume of 10.7 m3, while the Van Long offers 12.4 m3. The Chassis version has a load capacity of 2,366 kg. Finally, for drivers whose main activity is the transportation of passengers, the minibus version has the capacity to transport 17 people plus the driver.

Engine

The Transit is equipped with a Ford Puma 2.2L TDCI engine with 16 valves that delivers 125HP in the Van and Chassis versions and 135HP version in the minibus version. It offers torque of 350 Nm in the top end version. The transmission is a six-speed manual gearbox that is synchronized and allows the driver to reach the maximum torque available.

The Transit driver will be reassured to be able to rely on a vehicle that will always start, thanks to its dual circuit. This system is composed of two separate batteries, with a battery placed exclusively to start the engine to free up the other feeds for other functions.

The front suspension is a McPherson strut that features coil springs and a stabilizer bar, while the rear axle has a stiffer system. On both axles, the new Transit has telescopic gas-pressurized dampers.

The new Ford vehicle also includes Cornering Torque Control (TVC), which acts via the brakes and torque distribution for the front wheels; as well as hill start assist (HLA).

Safety

In terms of active safety, the new Transit is equipped with Vehicle Stability Control (ESC), traction control (TCS), Emergency Braking Lights (EBL), Roll Stability Control (RSC) and Load Adaptive Control (LAC).

It also features an Antilock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), which combine to increase the effectiveness of the ventilated front and solid rear discs.

The new Transit is the only vehicle in its segment that features dual front airbags for the driver and two for each front companion as standard on all versions. It is also equipped with seat belts in the front seats with height adjustment. All seats have three-point belts and the Minibus version also includes ISOFIX units in the second row.

Comfort

The new Transit has been designed to be comfortable both for drivers and passengers, maximizing performance and functionality. Examples include grab bars to enter the cabin or the 270° opening tailgate with magnetic stops in the Van Long version for easy loading.

Its interior was designed and equipped taking into account the needs of the driver. This is evident with the door lock, the steering wheel, audio control, “One Touch” electric windows and the electrically folding mirrors.

In addition, the new Transit is equipped with a Sync Connectivity System, which includes voice control allowing the driver to interact with the sound system and all of the car’s entertainment features.

The driver can thus use their cell phone to make or receive calls, synchronize their address book or listen to music stored on an MP3 device, without taking their hands off the wheel and keeping their eyes on the road.

Among other details that contribute to its ease of use, the new Transit has headlamps with height adjustment and timers, large mirrors for optimal viewing; steering adjustable in height and depth, that is an armrest for the driver and high-capacity storage spaces.

With this new product, Ford complements its global platform and reaffirms its commitment to providing an integrated portfolio of cars by 2015.

Warranty and prices

Transit Chassis, 363,500 pesos; Transit Van Medium, 389,000 pesos; Transit Van Long, 422,000 pesos; Transit Minibus, 570,000 pesos. Two year warranty or 100,000 kilometres.

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