MY2012 Ford Transit range includes cab-chassis, bus and van variants.

From January 2012, the Ford Transit commercial range will feature a new 2.2 litre TDCi engine, which delivers significantly more power and torque with lower fuel consumption and tailpipe emissions than current models, at no extra cost.

It could be the steroid shot Ford’s iconic Transit needs to boost sales in a market segment dominated by Toyota (HiAce) and Hyundai (iLoad).

In October 2006, Ford split the once exclusively rear-drive Transit range into entry level front wheel drive and upper level rear wheel drive models on the arrival of the VM series.

The big drop in power for the entry models though was out of proportion with their healthy one tonne payloads; a factor that also affected the mid-2010 front drive ECOnetic model with its 1172kg rating.

Ford has now been forced to further close the gap, after six-speed manual transmissions were standardised across the range from July 2010.

Transit cab-chassis can haul payloads up to 2240kgs with new 2.2 litre TDCi in 114kW tune.

The new Duratorq 2.2 litre four cylinder turbo-diesel engine will be available in two states of tune: 92kW/330Nm for front wheel drives (an increase of 7kW and 30Nm) and 114kW/385Nm for rear wheel drives (an increase of 11kW and 10Nm).

The new high efficiency 2.2 litre engine also replaces the current 2.4-litre engine fitted to all rear wheel drive models.

Fuel economy and tailpipe emissions also achieve significant gains across the MY2012 range, with the Transit 280S model (entry level one tonne van) boasting the highest combined-cycle (ADR 81/02) fuel consumption improvement of 11 per cent to 7.2L/100km and CO2 emissions at a class leading 189g/km.

The new 280S van’s efficiency boost has resulted in fuel economy and emissions performance equal to that of the ‘green’ inspired but slow selling ECOnetic Transit van. Not surprisingly, the ECOnetic model will be axed.

“I’m certain our Transit customers will welcome the arrival of this new 2.2 TDCi engine and its many benefits,” said Ford Australia boss Bob Graziano. “The additional power and torque will make the driving more enjoyable and the increased efficiency is sure to make a difference at the bowser.” TJ


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