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Ford E-Transit Courier 2023: small van rivals Volkswagen Caddy with 100kW electric motor or ICE option


The new, second-generation Ford Transit Courier is coming to Europe, with combustion-engined vans to arrive before the end of 2023 

Ford has its sights set on the small commercial van space and will launch both an electric and ICE-powered next-gen Transit Courier from 2024. 

Pitched as an alternative to the likes of the Renault Kangoo and Volkswagen Caddy, the Transit Courier will debut at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham, UK, on April 18th. 

Ford has not yet revealed the battery size or range for its new small van, however it has said the van, in electric guise, will use a single electric motor that produces 100kW of power. Battery range is estimated to be between 300km and 350km. 

2023 Ford E Transit Courier side profile static
The second-gen Ford Transit Courier will have both electric and ICE powertrains

The new Transit Courier will be built in Romania by local factory Ford Otosan alongside the larger Transit Custom and E-Transit models. 

The Ford Transit Courier has not yet been confirmed by Ford Australia to be coming down under, however it could be in the brand’s future plans following on from the launch of the E-Transit and E-Transit Custom. 

Ford’s decision to go it alone on the Transit Courier and E-Transit Courier stands in contrast to the brand’s van and ute partnership with traditional rival Volkswagen, which has spawned the new Amarok/Ranger, plus the Tourneo Connect.

2023 Ford E Transit Courier interior wide steering wheel
Dual 12.0-inch screens are the feature piece of the interior

Key facts and figures about Ford’s next van

The new Ford Transit Courier will be able to fit two euro-size pallets inside with a total cargo bay width of 1220mm. 

Ford says the total cargo volume is 2.9 cubic metres, slightly larger than the 2.5 cubic metres of space provided in the upcoming Renault Kangoo E-Tech. 

2023 Ford E Transit Courier ladder pass-through hatch
Pass-through hatch for long ladders is a cool feature!

Standard equipment includes a ‘digiboard’ screen setup which incorporates a 12.0-inch digital instrument cluster with a 12.0-inch centre touchscreen and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. 

Optional features include a safety bundle that includes adaptive cruise control, blind spot information, cross traffic alert and reverse brake assistance.