Back in February, the refreshed Ford Transit Custom debuted in China, bringing about a few updates to the first-generation model, which has been in production since 2017. Now, the automaker is celebrating the arrival of the entirely new Ford Transit T8 lineup in that same country, all via a carnival and a special event that recently took place at Qiandao Lake in Hangzhou.
The Ford Transit T8 lineup is designed to be a versatile offering that’s infinitely customizable to suit each customer’s needs, whether that be using it for anything from a fire truck to a food truck, a camper, or a mobile cafe of sorts. It’s the first model to ride on the brand new Qingtian architecture, giving it a maximum payload capacity of 5.25 metric tons, 13m³ of cargo space, and 28 different interior layouts to boot.
Powertrain options for the new Transit T8 consist of a 2.3L diesel powertrain generating 430 Nm (317 pound-feet) of torque, along with an all-electric model with a 101 kWh battery pack. In terms of tech, the Ford Transit T8 utilizes Level 2 advanced driver assistance and is capable of being upgraded in the future, and comes with 5G network capability and V2X (vehicle-to-everything) functionality, too. Inside the cabin, the Transit T8 features a 12.3-inch infotainment screen front and center, too.
The new Ford Transit T8 is available in a wide array of configurations, including what The Blue Oval calls the “cross-border camping master edition,” the “cross-border four-wheel drive off-road edition,” “business travel edition,” “four-season all-purpose edition” “enjoyment edition,” and the “five-star exclusive edition.” Pricing for the Transit T8 is slated to start out at 153,800 yuan ($21,019 USD), topping out at 298,000 yuan ($40,727 USD) in top spec.