DRIVERS searching for a new cargo or passenger van that can give them the capability and versatility they need to transport people or haul a lot of cargo have a few options to choose from in the auto industry.
For those looking to get behind the wheel of one that also offers an excellent list of technology features, comfort options and safety equipment, the Ford Transit is the top pick.
Available at Dulys Motors and Croco Motor nation-wide, the single wheel six speed Manuel Transmission Chassis Cab can be converted to have a van body or drop side body through Dulys Trucks production department.
With more space, more convenience and greater practicality, the new Ford Transit clearly means business. Offering up to 15,1 cubic metres of loadspace in the new ‘Jumbo’ Van, plus room for up to five Europallets, it cuts even the biggest jobs down to size
The new Ford Transit delivers exceptional load capacity. Behind the fixed steel bulkhead, one can find up to 15,1 cubic metres of cargo space to fill. The flat load floor and near vertical side walls help one make the most of all that space, with room to carry loads of up to 4217 mm in length and up to 2025 mm in height.
Access to the load area is quick and easy too, thanks to a wide-opening sliding side door, full-height rear doors that can be opened to a full 270 degrees (standard on ‘Jumbo’) and a built-in rear bumper step.
The vehicles also has large body door mirrors with standard-width door mirrors that accommodate body sizes up to 2170 mm. Large blind-spot mirrors are incorporated for excellent visibility.
“With two frame lengths, a range of GVMs from 3,300 kg to 4,700 kg, and a choice of front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive powertrain configurations, the new Ford Transit is prepared for almost any challenge that comes its way,” reads a brochure about the vehicle obtained at Dulys.
When it comes to towing, Ford Transit’s appetite for hard work extends beyond its loadspace. The Transit Van and Transit Single Cab Chassis versions with high-rated suspension and 7 000 kg gross train mass (GTM) can pull up to a maximum 3 500 kg tonnes of braked trailer load.
The new Ford Transit feels surprisingly car-like to drive, with power-assisted steering, a class-leading 11,9 m turning circle and excellent driver visibility, courtesy of the new larger windscreen and side windows. Measured kerb-to-kerb, 11,9 m MWB; 13,3 m LWB.
It has first-class comfort in every seat and ability to remove rear seats to accommodate wheelchairs or provide extra luggage space, meaning Ford Tourneo can open up a range of new possibilities. Inertia-reel seat belts are fitted to every seat.
Putting people first, bigger, roomier and more versatile than ever, Tourneo offers a choice of body lengths and seating configurations to carry up to 17 passengers plus the driver.
Commenting on how the vehicle can Tow with confidence the brochure said: “We condensed an equivalent of over 240 000km of extreme driving into a six-month test over different road conditions, most of which was spent towing a fully-laden trailer”.
The new Transit passed with full marks. With five year perforation warranty, the new it owes its durable exterior to a thorough multi-stage painting process. From the wax-injected steel body sections to the hard-wearing top coat, new materials and application processes ensure it will retain its good looks for many years to come.
“Throughout the design process, Ford has worked closely with the bodybuilding industry to ensure that all standard body types, and most specialist conversions, can be fitted with little or no modification required,” said Dulys.
Heavy-duty headboard substantial all-steel powder-coated headboard provides protection to the cab and its occupants.
Strong construction allows ladders and heavy items to be secured with ease. Even better ride and handling Ford Transit’s renowned driving qualities have been fine-tuned with stiffer suspension mounting bushes and brackets, and a newly designed anti-roll bar.