Ford Philippines enters the commercial vehicle segment with the launch of the all-new Ford Transit. Since it first went on sale in Europe in 1965, Ford has sold 7 million Transit vans all over the world across six generations. While this is the first time that the Ford Transit has been offered in the Philippines, Ford Philippines is no stranger to vans. The iconic Ford E-150, otherwise known as the Chateau Wagon, was also offered in our market with a powerful but gas-guzzling V8. As times and consumer preferences change, so do the vehicles, and the Ford Transit offers businesses a compelling way to boost their productivity.
Vans are not necessarily known to be stylish, but Ford has done a good job in giving the Transit some fashion sense. The front fascia is fitted with a large hexagonal grille, halogen reflector headlights with daytime running lights, fog lamps, black bumpers with the rear featuring an integrated step. One cool feature about the Transit is its intelligent electronic step board, which slides out automatically when the sliding door is opened. If it detects an obstacle, such as a high sidewalk curb, it will retract automatically.
Measuring at 5,981 mm long, 2,474 mm wide, and 2,517 mm tall, the Ford Transit offers an abundance of space. It is able to provide 15 seats, each with three-point seatbelts, along with 21 storage bins, 12 cup holders, and multiple power sockets. There is also a glass hatch that doubles as a small sunroof and as an emergency exit hatch. For added convenience, the rear cargo doors open sidewards at up to 180 degrees.
Under the hood of the Ford Transit is a familiar engine–a 2.2-liter inline-4 Duratorq turbo diesel engine from the Ranger and Everest. It produces 135 hp and 385 Nm of torque, sending power to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission.
As for driver safety and convenience features, the Ford Transit is fitted with ISOFIX child seat anchor points in the second row, dual SRS airbags, ABS with EBD, Fading Brake Support, Hill Start Assist, tire pressure monitor, reverse camera, and power-folding mirrors.
The Ford Transit is now on sale across all Ford dealers with a price of P2,300,000. All Ford Transits will be easy for businesses to own thanks to a once a year maintenance plan. Moreover, Ford is covering all your maintenance expenses for the next five years.
Photos by Tom Huang