The current, fourth-generation Ford Transit has been on sale in the U.S. since 2014 for the 2015 model year, which means that it’s getting a bit long in the tooth by automotive standards. The Ford Transit lineup has received some updates in recent years, but it appears that a full redesign isn’t in the cards, at least in the near future, according to Automotive News.
According to this report, FoMoCo is focusing all of its energy on the new 2022 Ford E-Transit, the all-electric version of the best-selling Ford Transit lineup. The electrified Transit is geared toward commercial customers, who the automaker feels can benefit greatly from its far lower operating costs and promise of significantly less downtime.
As Ford Authority reported last week, the E-Transit – which launches next spring in the U.S. – has secured 24,000 reservations to date. In the U.S., the E-Transit will be available with three roof heights and three body lengths, as well as in cargo, cutaway, and chassis cab versions. Ford is targeting a maximum payload of 3,800 pounds and up to 4,290 pounds for cutaway versions, with an electric motor delivering a targeted 266 horsepower (198 kilowatts) and 317 pound-feet of torque across all configurations.
The E-Transit offers an estimated range of 126 miles in the low-roof cargo van variant thanks to its 67 kWh battery pack and features both AC and DC fast charging with a mobile charger that can plug into both 120-volt and 240-volt outlets. Additionally, an optional Ford Connected Charge Station can fully charge the E-Transit in eight hours.
As Ford Authority reported earlier this year, the 2022 Ford Transit will receive a few updates and changes for the new model year. The automaker’s SYNC 4 software will be available on ICE-powered models, as well as in the E-Transit, in conjunction with a 12-inch infotainment screen. Additionally, Ford is dropping the 3.31 non-limited and limited-slip rear axles from the lineup for the 2022 model year.