Ford’s new two-tonne Transit van will be priced from £20,795 when it goes on sale next spring.

Order books are open now for the model, which the manufacturer claimed will deliver best-in-class cost of ownership and load carrying ability. The Transit Econetic has official fuel consumption of 44.1mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of 169g/km when fitted with a 62mph fixed speed limiter, a 6% improvement over the current model. Ford said load volume had increased by 11% compared to the outgoing van. For example the L2 van’s volume capacity has risen from 10.3m3 to 11.2m3, enabling it to swallow four Europallets and carry 3.0m lengths along the floor with a full bulkhead. It has a payload capacity of 1453kg.The largest Jumbo van accommodate 15.1m3 of cargo and has a payload of 1113kg

“Ford’s flagship Transit model is once again setting the standard in its class by cutting running costs, shifting bigger loads and pioneering valuable new technologies,” said Paul Randle, vehicle line director, Global Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe.

Powered by Ford’s Dagenham-built 2.2-litre 125hp Duratorq TDCi diesel engine the Econetic is available in six versions up to 3.5 tonnes. It is equipped with auto start/stop and acceleration control to boost fuel economy.

Across the line-up the 2.2-litre powertrain is offered with outputs of 100, 125 and 155hp wedded to six-speed manual transmission.

Customers can also opt for HDT6 engines, which meet Euro6 emission standards.

The large van comes with a choice of front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive derivatives and carries extended two-year/30,000 mile service intervals. Ford said it has cut the time required for a scheduled service from 5.4 to 4.2 hours.

The new Transit range is available in three lengths and two roof heights. Variants include double cab, chassis cab and double chassis cab versions. A staggered launch will see chassis cab L5 and double chassis cab models coming to market in the final quarter of next year.

The new Transit’s cabin features steering adjustable for rake and reach while storage facilities include a full-length overhead shelf and a hidden compartment underneath the dual passenger seat. A 230V power socket can be used to charge tools or laptops.

Like the Transit Custom, the larger van offers the Ford SYNC voice-activated, in-car connectivity system and Emergency Assistance, which helps occupants call the emergency services in the event of an accident.

Other features include adaptive cruise control with forward alert, lane keeping alert and driver alert, rear view camera with trailer hitch assist, static  cornering lights and tyre pressure monitoring.

ESC is standard and offers Ford-developed Curve Control, designed to reduce speed in a safe and stable manner when the van enters a bend, such as a motorway exit ramp, too quickly. Load adaptive control, roll stability control, trailer sway control and hill start assist also aid safety.

Prices excluding VAT range from £20,795 for the entry-level Base model to £26,895 for the Trend 350 L2 H2 van.