Ford has revealed its new Transit Courier – the next generation of its most compact van, which boasts a new electric version and range of new technologies.
Sitting below the popular Transit Custom and Transit Connect in Ford’s ‘Pro’ commercial range, the Courier is not based on a van platform, but rather one used on the Ford Puma crossover.
Growing noticeably in size, Ford is promising a much more practical van, with a far larger load area that’s longer and wider that can now carry two Euro pallets. It also offers a significantly greater payload of up to 845kg.
This electric powertrain will be shared with the upcoming electric Puma, though Ford won’t give any hints about the size of the battery or its range yet.
The Transit Courier adopts a far bolder design than its predecessor, with a highlight being the headlights integrated into the sides of the grille. Electric versions also feature a full-width light bar at the front.
Amko Leenarts, design director of Ford Europe, said: “The new E-Transit Courier is a clean-sheet design that puts Ford Pro’s cutting-edge technologies and hard-working nature into a compact, modern van. The spacious cabin is designed to declutter drivers’ days and be a connected, productive sanctuary to help them get the job done.”
The new Ford Transit Courier will make its public debut at the Commercial Vehicle Show, held at the NEC in Birmingham from April 18 to 20. Production of the petrol and diesel versions will start in Craiova, Romania, in the third quarter of 2023, though the first electric vans won’t be produced until the second half of 2024.