The year 2020 hasn’t been the greatest in many regards, but some things are enjoying a boom in popularity. That includes both the van and recreational vehicle market, as customers are ordering more goods online and having them delivered, while more and more people look to get outside and enjoy nature. To help better equip those folks for these endeavors, the 2021 Ford Transit features a host of new and updated option packages.
July RV shipments were the highest in 40 years at 43,035 units, and 46 million Americans say they plan to take an RV trip in the next 12 months, according to the RV Industry Association. Meanwhile, more than half of all motorhomes sold in the United States are built on a Ford chassis.
To help capture more of that market, Ford is introducing three new and improved option packages include the updated Transit Motorhome Prep Package for cutaway, the new RV Prep Package for cargo van, and a new Adventure Prep Package for cargo or crew van.
The Motorhome Prep Package now includes Adaptive Cruise Control and offers an available new economy-rated version of Ford’s 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine designed to support high frontal area conversions like larger motorhomes.
The RV Prep Package includes driver-assist features including a side-sensing system and Adaptive Cruise Control, as well as a heavy-duty trailer tow offering. Exterior enhancements include front fog lamps, while four-way manual swivel driver and passenger seats are standard, as is an eight-speaker sound system.
The Adventure Prep Package bundles together popular camper van options including all-wheel drive, Ford’s 3.5L EcoBoost V6, 3.73:1 limited-slip differential rear axle, heavy-duty front axle, and privacy glass. Driver-assist features include Adaptive Cruise Control, reverse and side-sensing systems, and Blind Spot Information System. Standard technology features include an 8 inch color touch screen with SYNC 3 and dual USB ports, and power point and dual absorbent glass mat batteries.
Meanwhile, a new Parcel Delivery Package focuses on the needs of an industry seeing incredible growth. It starts with a number of design refinements standard for the 2021 Ford Transit that provide improved access to the cargo compartment. The manual parking brake on the floor by the driver’s seat has been replaced in all Transit vans up to 9,500 pounds GVWR by an electronic parking brake, creating a 50 percent wider clear aisle between the front seats.
An optional center console with right-side shifter further improves walkthrough and offers more than 7 inches of additional driver legroom. The overhead shelf is now optional, providing more clearance when standing. The Parcel Delivery Package adds 50/50 hinged rear doors featuring a wide 253 degree opening and full interior lighting to facilitate early morning and late evening deliveries. The armrests have been eliminated from both the driver and passenger seats to further improve cargo access.
The new Livery Package serves the premium transportation market with a ready-made configuration focused on comfort and style. Available for the Ford Transit XLT passenger van, the Livery Package includes 10 way power seats finished in ebony leather seating surfaces for all passengers, power sliding side door, HID headlamps, full privacy glass, and 16 inch silver wheels. A honeycomb mesh grille is standard on all 2021 Transit models.
2021 Ford Transit production begins this fall at the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri.