Ford has revealed prices of its Transit Custom PHEV line-up, which it is displaying at the CV Show, before the models arrive in dealerships in September.
Prices, all listed exclude VAT, start at £39,145 for the entry-level Leader (the name has replaced Base in Ford’s nomenclature), rise to £40,595 for Trend and peak at £42,950 for the top of the range Limited trim.
With increasing regulatory pressure to cut pollution and improve local air quality and with the latest European Union standards requiring CO2 emissions from LCVs to be 31% lower in 2030 than in 2021, Ford is stepping up its use of plug-in technology and has announced it will launch an all-electric Transit van in 2021.
Ford is not about to abandon the internal combustion engine just yet, however, and sharing space on its stand at the NEC are a trio of Transit Sport vans, which are available to order now and in showrooms during the summer. The Custom Sport features a new 185hp version of the 2.0-litre Ecoblue engine, a 9% power increase on the current powertrain and is priced from £32,270.
New to the line-up is the Transit Connect Sport, revealed at the IAA in Hanover last September, which features a 120hp 1.5-litre Ecoblue engine and costs from £20,405.
The smallest member of the family is the Transit Courier Sport, it gets a 100hp 1.5 TDCI engine and costs from £14,745.
Ford has also announced its revised Transit, which is expected to go on sale in July, will offer an increase in payload of 80kg on rear-wheel drive derivatives and 48kg on front-wheel vans thanks to the introduction of weight-saving features such as an aluminium bonnet and a lightweight, high-strength composite bulkhead.
Ford claims the Transit is now 7% more fuel efficient due to upgrades to its 2.0-litre Ecoblue diesel engine.
The manufacturer also revealed at the NEC that it now has 35 approved converters in its Qualified Vehicle Modifier Programme, having added 20 conversion specialists since last year’s CV Show.