The new ford transit has been officially unveiled at the 2018 IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Germany.
So while the 2019 Transit might not be an all-new model like the recently announced VW Crafter and Mercedes Sprinter, it does present a upgrade of Ford’s bestselling light commercial vehicle. So, what’s new?

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Beyond the external updated grille and headlight arrangement, there are several important changes:

  • Increased payload
  • Better fuel economy
  • Increased power from new range-topping 185hp engine
  • New interior with increased storage space
  • Built-in 4G modem connectivity to assist fleet management
  • 10-speed automatic gearbox option (rear-wheel drive models)
Engine upgrades for 2019 Ford Transit

Hybrid system aside, the regular 2.0-litre EcoBlue engine range in the Transit has also been overhauled to produce a better mpg than its current counterparts.
Modern, more capable fuel injectors now achieve an impressive 2,200 bar, while the slick slimmer skirted steel pistons replace the preceding cast aluminium items to reduce friction.
The engines also received a boost with the new turbocharger that delivers more torque over an even broader range, which we consider an impressive claim given the 2.0-litre EcoBlue engines already out-performed the older 2.2-litre engines.
The previously established 105hp, 130hp and 170hp power ratings remain the same as before but are joined by the arrival 185hp range-topped with 415Nm of torque.

Is the 2019 Ford Transit more fuel efficient?

In addition to those engine updates, the 2019 edition of the Transit gets electric power steering. This marks the first time that Ford have replaced the old hydraulic steering in its model’s history.
Ford has also announced ‘an extensive programme of weight-saving’, which coupled with the new power steering, should mean that your fuel goes further.

Any new technology for the 2019 Ford Transit?

In a single word. Tons.
That new screen features the most up-to-date Ford Sync infotainment system which comes with voice control. In addition to this the new FordPass Connect system introduces a 4G Wi-Fi modem that connects to telematics services which Ford also plans to launch in 2019.
Another first for the Ford Transit is the ability to select driving modes, which are the following:

  • Eco Mode
  • Slippery Mode
  • Mud/Rut Mode (on four-wheel drive variants)
  • Tow/Haul Mode (smooths out power delivery when towing trailers that weight more than the Transit itself)

Meanwhile, the electric power steering we covered above, enables automatic parking and an enhanced lane keeping aid.

When does the 2019 Ford Transit go on sale and how much does it cost?

The Transit is scheduled for a mid-2019 release, so it’s a little early for a confirmation of pricing at this stage. Given the amount of innovations and tweaks, we’d anticipate a slight increase in cost

So, there it is. Does the 2019 Ford transit make your list of must haves for next year or will you look for an alternative? Be sure to keep an eye on this blog as we hope to have a hands-on review closer to the time. In the meantime, please look at our fleet for all the latest vans for hire and rental.