First look at Ford Transit Connect, Courier

More efficient engines and driver aids feature.


First details have been released of the new Ford Transit Connect and Courier models, that will be added to the range in mid 2018.

The two newcomers will be central parts of a major product offensive by Ford that will see the brand’s entire European light commercial line-up renewed in the next 18 months.

The Connect and Courier will also succeed models that both top their segments in the UK, having clocked up more than 20,000 sales between them in 2017.

Recipe for the new models will include revised styling, more fuel-efficient powertrains and an extension of driver assistance technologies, taking full advantage of systems introduced in Ford’s cars.

A bold three-bar grille and slimmer headlamps feature on the new front-end look of the Transit Connect. Front-end aerodynamics have also been improved.

Inside the cabin has been upgraded, with higher-specification models gaining a central control area with a tablet-like touchscreen offering Ford’s Sync 3 communications and entertainment system.

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Powertrains are more fuel efficient and comply with Euro 6.2 emissions standards, ranging across a 1.5-litre diesel engine and the 1-litre EcoBoost petrol unit. Six-speed manual gearboxes are standard though the diesel also offers the option of a new eight-speed auto. Service intervals have been extended too.

Driver aids added

New driver assistance technology includes an intelligent speed limiter and autonomous emergency braking, Side Wind Stabilisation, and Active Park Assist that helps to steer the van into both parallel and perpendicular parking spaces.

The Courier, Ford’s smallest Transit, also gains a new front-end treatment and a revised interior, with a larger six-inch touchscreen and Sync on the higher-spec models. The screen is also placed closer to the driver.

Like the Connect the engine choice is between the new 1.5 diesel or 1-litre petrol units, with six-speed manual gearboxes replacing the previous five-speed units.

Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Van Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars and vans for more than 20 years, and attends many new model launches each year.

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