Last March, Ford announced that it would be adding seven new all-electric vehicles to its European assortment by 2024 as it aims to go 100 percent EV in its passenger vehicle lineup there by 2030. Those additions consist of two crossovers built on Volkswagen’s MEB platform – one of them being the newly revealed Ford Explorer EV – a Puma EV, and a number of Transit-based models including the E-Transit, E-Transit Custom, and the E-Transit Courier – the all-electric version of the next-gen Ford Transit Courier. Now, the brand new Transit Courier family has been officially revealed for Europe, a market where vans play a vital role in Ford’s business and the economy as a whole.
The new E-Transit Courier features a 25 percent larger cargo area than the outgoing ICE variant and offers up a max payload rating of 700 kilograms (1,543 pounds), while towing tops out at 750 kilograms (1,653 pounds). Aside from new styling on the outside, the EV van also features a “squircle” steering wheel inside to improve leg room and visibility, a “digiboard” instrument panel consisting of a 12-inch digital instrument cluster and a 12-inch touchscreen running Sync 4, a feature called Office Pack – which includes a foldaway flat work surface and lighting, and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability.
The all-new Ford E-Transit Courier is powered by a single 100 kW electric motor, though the automaker won’t share performance and range data until we get closer to the van’s launch. However, it’s targeting an 11 kW AC charging speed that can top it off at home in 5.7 hours, along with DC fast charge capability of up to 100 kW. Ford expects the system to add 87 kilometers (54 miles) of range in 10 minutes, and charge from 10-80 percent in less than 35 minutes. As is the case with other Transit models, the E-Transit Courier is also available with a full suite of Ford Pro connected vehicle services.
As for the ICE-powered Ford Transit Courier variants, FoMoCo didn’t share too much information, other than the fact that they will offer “a range of fuel-efficient petrol and diesel engines,” with a choice of van and double-cab-in-van bodystyles, as well as multiple trim levels including Limited and Active series.
Production of gas- and diesel-powered Ford Transit Courier models is scheduled to begin at the Ford Otosan Assembly plant in Turkey later this year, with deliveries expected to begin before the end of 2023. Meanwhile, the E-Transit Courier will be built alongside its ICE counterparts starting later in 2024.
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Doubtful as the compact van market is no more once this year ends. All manufacturers have discontinued their small vans.
Definitely a no.
Anybody know what led to this segment going away in North America? My dealership could never seem to stock enough, especially over the last two years. We were hopeful they would build the Transit Connects in Canada or Mexico, but it never came to be. Still, the full size Transit 150, with low roof, short wheelbase (130″ vs long ‘Connect at 121″) and decent engine might fill the gap for some time.
Maverick can also fill the gap for some buyers as well.
Ford decided to not replace the Transit Connect because it is phasing out ICE vehicles in Europe, it’s largest market. So, the next gen (to be based off the C2 platform like Maverick and Escape, etc) was canned.
Add to that, the Bronco Sport and Maverick are proving popular enough that there isn’t any room at that factory for a third vehicle.