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Ford Transit 2021: 12-seater bus packs automatic as standard


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. 

Ford Transit Bus 2021 front and back
Ford has added a 12-seater bus variant to the Transit line up

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.

In line with updates made to the Mercedes-Benz Vito and Volkswagen T6.1, Ford has added new features from its passenger car range to make the Transit Bus a nicer and safer vehicle to drive every day.

Ford Transit Bus 2021 driving
Ford also offers a high roof model with overhead storage for an additional $2,500

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.

Ford Transit 2021: prices in Australia

All prices listed are before on-road costs.

  • Transit Van 350L long wheelbase RWD (auto): $53,590
  • Transit Van 350L long wheelbase RWD (manual): $51,090
  • Transit Van 350L long wheelbase FWD (auto): $54,090
  • Transit Van 350E Jumbo RWD (auto): $57,590
  • Transit Van 350E Jumbo RWD (manual): $54,590
  • Transit Van 430E Jumbo RWD (auto): $60,590
  • Transit Van 470E Jumbo RWD (manual): $57,590
  • Transit Cab Chassis 470E RWD (manual): $51,890
  • Transit Cab Chassis 430E RWD (auto): $55,090
  • Transit Dual-Cab Chassis 470E RWD (manual): $55,590
  • Transit Bus 410L RWD (auto): $63,690

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