Most Powerful Ford Transit Leads Diesel Charge

Ford has signaled that the diesel powertrain remains a major player for fleet operators with the launch of its most powerful Transit LCV to date.

Among all the recent talk of electrification, its Ford Transit Sport line is headlined by an enhanced 180bhp 2.0‑liter EcoBlue diesel engine making its debut at the UK’s CV Show 2019 in Birmingham this week. The van comes with a manual six-speed transmission, similar to the Connect Sport and Courier Sport, or alternatively a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission. It also claims to achieve 151 g/km of CO2 and 46mpg (38mpg US).Second in  the line-up is the Transit Connect Sport, powered by a 1.5-liter EcoBlue diesel, making 118bhp, and a manual six-speed transmission. Completing the range is the Courier Sport, with a 1.5-liter TDCi engine, a six-speed manual gearbox, and low emissions, at 112 g/km of CO2.

All three vans have sport styling and stripes on the body, with various options available for different customers, including van, kombi and double-cab-in-van for the Custom Sport. Finally, FordPass Connect modem technology allows the Custom Sport to act as a WiFi hotspot for up to 10 devices.

The Transit Sport range is Ford’s effort to make the ever-popular Transit van popular to a wider range of customers. “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.

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