FORD has introduced its new 5.0-tonne Transit derivative, offering customers a van or chassis cab rated to 5,000kg GVM and available at dealers from late November.
It features significant mechanical updates to provide best-ever payload and vehicle capability, while maintaining the durability, refinement and driving characteristics that have made Transit a business favourite.
The 5.0-tonne Transit strengthens Ford’s offering in the high-GVM sector of the European van market and is poised to extend the company’s market leadership in commercial vehicle sales.
The additional 300kg it delivers over the previous Transit variant will particularly appeal to customers needing a heavier-rated donor vehicle for conversions including tippers, ambulances, police vans, and minicoaches with 19 seats or more.
Hans Schep, General Manager, Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe, said: “We know payload is a key factor for businesses’ productivity, which is why Ford’s new flagship Transit is the most capable, heaviest-rated van we’ve ever built,.
“We listened to our converter partners and their customers who need this extra capability for their businesses, whether it’s a tipper, an ambulance or larger minicoach. The 5.0-tonne Transit’s durable design and flexibility make it an ideal choice whatever their speciality.”
Ford is making the 5.0-tonne option available across a broad range of Transit chassis cab variants, giving customers a choice of three wheelbases, four frame lengths, and single- or double-cabs with seating for up to seven occupants (including driver) to best suit their business’ specific requirements.
Maximum chassis cab load capacity is 2,886kg 2 for body conversion and payload, which equates to up to 2,558kg net payload 2 when equipped with a factory-fitted flatbed body.
Transit chassis cab is ideal for heavier open-body conversions such as tippers or dropsides, aerial access platforms and vehicle transporters.
The 5.0-tonne Transit is also available as Ford’s popular L4 high roof “Jumbo” van, with up to 2,383kg net payload, 2 15.1m3 load volume and enough floor space to carry five Euro pallets of cargo.