Ford has claimed its new two-tonne Transit will achieve far higher residual values than the outgoing model.
The new Transit 350 L3 H3 125HP RWD, which could well be the most popular derivative, according to UK boss Mark Ovenden, is projected to be worth £11,925 after three years/60,000 miles – a jump of £2575 compared to the current 350L high-roof equivalent. Ford claims its chief rival, the new Mercedes Sprinter, will achieve a more modest rise over its predecessor of £250 during the same period to £12,375.
The new Transit, priced from £20,795 to £33,145, excluding VAT, is offered with front-, rear- or all-wheel drive and uses the same three 2.2-litre diesel powertrains as the smaller Transit Custom – these come with outputs of 110, 125 and 155hp.
Ford has also added two Euro 6-compliant engines, which it says require AdBlue top-ups for approximately every 20-tanks of fuel used. Branded HDT6, they have outputs of 125hp and 155hp.
The short-wheelbase L1 iteration is only available as a chassis cab and Ford is only offering the chassis bodystyle in Base trim, claiming there is no demand in this sector for the more luxurious Trend specification.
Panel vans are up for grabs in three lengths: L2, L3, L4 and two heights; H2, H3.
UK deliveries of panel vans and chassis cabs will start at the end of March, followed by Minibus and Jumbo models at the end of April.
Double cab vans, chassis crew cabs, both of which have space for up to seven occupants with a four person bench seat in the rear, and the extra-long L5 chassis cabs will not arrive until October.