Since ending its manufacturing operations in Brazil a few years ago, Ford has launched a bevy of new products and services in the South American country as it aims to overhaul its business there. That list includes the all-new Ford Ranger in a multitude of trims and configurations, the Ford Territory crossover, the Ford F-150 pickup, plus its commercial business – Ford Pro – which coincided with the launch of the Ford Transit. Since then, the Ford Transit has become the fastest-growing commercial van in Brazil, quickly reaching sales milestones and prompting The Blue Oval to expand its lineup with a bevy of new variants. Now, one of those new variants – the Ford Transit Chassis Cab – is officially on sale in that country.
Ford notes that the new Transit Chassis Cab is the only model in its segment that is currently available in base form, making it a solid value that can save fleets an estimated 25 percent in terms of cost of ownership versus the competition. It’s also available in double rear wheel configuration and both 3.5-ton and 4.7-ton variants, which retail for R$260,000 ($52,776 USD) and R$273,000 ($55,415 USD), respectively.
The new Ford Transit Chassis Cab models offer customers quite a bit of flexibility in terms of upfitting, as well as maximum cargo carrying capacities of 1,401 kilograms (3,088 pounds) for the 3.5-ton model and 2,601 kilograms (5,734 pounds) for the 4.7-ton variant. Power for both models comes from the Ford 2.0L I-4 EcoBlue diesel, which generates 165 horsepower and 39.7 kgfm (287 pound-feet) of torque and is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
“Transit is the line of commercial vehicles that has grown the most in the last two years,” said Guillermo Lastra, director of Commercial Vehicles at Ford South America. “With Transit Chassis we are entering another important segment of the market, bringing to Brazil another product to meet the versatility, robustness, and durability that the commercial customer needs, with the best in technology.”