Ford has launched a new skeletal chassis cab derivative of its Transit.

Based on a front-wheel drive Transit platform, Ford says the new model provides a versatile, low-height platform for a wide variety of body conversions, suited to applications ranging from general delivery and distribution to removals.

The skeletal Transit offers a 100mm lower chassis height than the standard front-wheel drive chassis cab model, providing easier access to the load floor.

A lower step height also means there is no need for a separate tail lift.

With a 200kg weight reduction compared to the equivalent chassis cab, the design of the skeletal chassis also provides a significant payload advantage, in addition to the potential for improved fuel efficiency.

It features an open-backed cab design that supports easy walk-through from the cab to the load space of the converted body.

There is a choice of three different wheelbase lengths to suit a variety of body conversions, with a wide-track rear axle for the longest variant and an optional wide-track rear axle for the two shorter variants.

All versions offer a gross vehicle mass of 3.5 tonnes.

Power comes from a 2.0-litre diesel engine with either 130hp or 170hp, paired with a standard six-speed manual gearbox or optional six-speed automatic.

The skeletal Transit is available to order now from Ford’s Transit Centre network.