Ford has revealed some more capable versions of its Transit and Transit Custom Vans. Would you take one over a double-cab bakkie?
These rugged-looking vans feature some proper body cladding and offroad-focused mechanical upgrades. At the front, there's a bold Ford logo that looks remarkably identical to the one used on the Ranger. There's black cladding around the front and rear bumpers and there are 16-inch alloy wheels. A new limited-slip differential has been fitted and the traction control system has been reworked, so these vans can actually go further than your standard-issue Transit. The intelligent all-wheel drive setup is also available and when the going gets tough, the system sends 50% power to the front axle.
Speaking of power, a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine is on duty and you have varying power options to choose from. At the top of the range sits a potent 135 kW and 415 Nm. Inside, the leather upholstery is durable and Ford has thrown in air conditioning, a heated windscreen as well as power-folding door mirrors. “The Active and Trail models demonstrate how versatile and capable the Transit range can be," said Hans Schep, general manager for commercial vehicles at Ford of Europe. "From businesses that operate off the beaten track to families who want a vehicle as adventurous as they are, there is a Transit to suit every need."
South Africa is not really a van market, with the majority of businesses opting for the double-cab bakkie. Still, both the Transit and Transit Custom are on sale - see pricing and specifications here.