Ford offers the Transit truck to compete in a segment that accounts for more than 60% of sales. The American brand will sell its model in two versions, the L2H3 with a suggested price of R$ 239,900 and the L3H3 for R$ 245.900.
It is assembled in Uruguay at the Nordex plant along with the passenger version. The short version has a capacity of 10.7 cubic meters and can carry up to 1,222 kg of cargo, and the long version has a capacity of 12.4 cubic meters and a loading capacity of 1,181 kg.
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With a permissible gross weight of 3,500 kilograms, the Ford Transit Van can be driven by qualified Class B drivers.
The American brand is betting on Connect to stand out in a competitive market that includes Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Fiat Ducato, Renault Master and Iveco Daily City. In fact, only Transit Van offers a good technology package as standard.
With the FordPass app, the truck user can remotely reference the mileage, fuel level and the vehicle’s location. fur a programThe driver can still schedule services and receive monthly reports with business indicators.
Ford Transit’s onboard technology can detect more than 3,000 types of vehicle health alerts. If the detected error is serious, a Ford representative contacts proactively to inform and guide the user in resolving the problem.
In addition to connectivity, Ford is also betting on a good selection of equipment to try and seduce the buyer. Among the standard elements are electric power steering, air conditioning, electric windows, electric locks, electric rear-view mirror adjustments, a steering column with height and depth adjustment, a multifunction steering wheel, a multimedia center, among others.
In terms of safety, the Transit truck is equipped with electronic stability and traction control, cornering torque control, electronic roll control, side wind stabilization, adaptive load control and slope start assist. The list also includes a rear parking sensor and a rear camera that makes the driver’s life easier when maneuvering.
The Ford Transit Van is equipped with a 2.0-liter EcoBlue engine with 170 horsepower and 39.7 kgf/m of torque, mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The combination provides good truck performance both in overtaking and in reclaiming speed. The transmission has precise and smooth engagements. Driver life is improved with electric power steering that has the right weight for maneuvering, making it lighter and more assertive to drive.
We rode the 12.4m3 truck with a simulated payload of 400kg and on the road when we passed the truck it performed very well. Already on a closed road, we simulated emergency braking at a speed of 70 km / h, the truck stopped quickly without skidding or changing its course.
When driving, the Transit Van’s driving feel is very close to that of a car, except for the greater difficulty of access, in fact, the Ford lacked a support handle for the driver to climb into the cabin. Doors can also have a better degree of opening.
I used to drive cars, from time to time I find myself looking for the interior mirror that is not found in this type of vehicle. But large outside mirrors are a good ally for safe driving.
Warranty is 1 year or 100km by car, whichever comes first.
The Ford Transit Panel Van is a good model for this segment and is on a par with its competitors. However, the brand will have to do some work to win over the distrusting consumer.
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