Ford Australia locks in new diesel, electrical van vary

Ford Australia has confirmed the next-generation diesel-powered Transit Customized will arrive Down Underneath in 2024.

Which means it’ll arrive throughout the identical 12 months as the brand new E-Transit Customized electrical van, and finish the 10-year run of the present, first-generation mannequin.

In Europe, the brand new Transit Customized is obtainable with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel in 4 totally different tunes. Of best relevance to Australia are the 2 tunes obtainable with an eight-speed computerized transmission: one with 100kW, the opposite with 125kW.

The brand new Transit Customized positive factors the choice of an all-wheel drive system, whereas most towing capability has been elevated to 2500kg.

In some markets like Europe, a plug-in hybrid will proceed to be supplied. This includes a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and an 11.8kWh battery, with a claimed 56km of electrical vary.

The brand new Transit Customized continues to be supplied as a panel van or a double cab van. As earlier than, there’s additionally a people-carrying model known as the Tourneo Customized, which is unlikely to return right here.

Underneath the pores and skin, the Transit Customized is constructed on a brand new platform additionally anticipated to underpin the next-generation T7 Volkswagen Transporter.

Ford says the Transit Customized’s “all-new automobile structure” has allowed it to decrease the ground peak, and to maintain the automobile under 2.0 metres tall.

It has an unbiased rear suspension, and might be supplied in 4 guises: short-wheelbase or long-wheelbase, coupled with a low or excessive roof.

Inside, the Transit Customized includes a 13-inch Sync 4 infotainment touchscreen, whereas some fashions have a steering wheel that folds to behave as a desk.

Topping the Transit Customized vary is the E-Transit Customized, which makes use of a 74kWh battery pack and a 160kW/415Nm electrical motor.

Utilizing the 11kW AC three-phase charger, you’ll be capable to absolutely recharge the E-Transit Customized’s battery in a claimed 7.2 hours.

It additionally helps DC quick charging at as much as 125kW, with a 15-80 per cent recharge taking a claimed 41 minutes. Vary on the stricter WLTP cycle is as much as 380km.

The battery is built-in into the load flooring above the sill flange, which Ford says eliminates the necessity for separate crash constructions, whereas the motor is fitted to the automobile’s rear flooring and rotated 90 levels to maximise cargo area.

The E-Transit Customized is considered one of 5 electrical autos Ford Australia is launching by the top of 2024. The bigger E-Transit is already out, the Mustang Mach-E is arriving this 12 months, and the Puma EV and one other, as-yet unspecified EV are due in 2024.

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