Staring down the market-dominating Germans and emerging value-packed Chinese rivals, Ford has added another tool to the Transit’s arsenal.
The 2021 Ford Transit is now available in a 12-seater Bus variant that will sit alongside the van, cab-chassis and smaller Transit Custom in the range.
The Transit Bus starts at $63,690 (before on-roads) and packs a power sliding door which can be activated using the key to help passengers get in and out.
A high roof model is also available with built-in overhead storage shelves for luggage and LED reading lights as a $2,500 extra.
Ford has carried over the two-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel found in other Transit models, which makes 125kW of power and 390Nm of torque. The engine is matched exclusively to a 10-speed torque converter automatic which sends power to the rear wheels.
Sitting in the centre of the dash is an eight-inch touchscreen with wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with adaptive cruise control to make driving easier in heavy traffic. Ford also offers a voice-controlled satellite navigation system as a $600 option.
The current Ford Transit is not rated by ANCAP but still features a wide variety of safety equipment including blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors along with rear-cross traffic alert.
Businesses will appreciate the generous 30,000km/12-month service intervals, with most payments said to be no more than $399 under the Ford Service Benefits program which lasts for the first four years or up to 120,000km.
All prices listed are before on-road costs.
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