September 01, 2016 @ 06:30 PM

Van-tastic Transit is here

New Ford Transit packs more safety gear into its cavernous interior.



The Ford Transit has largely gone under the radar here, even with a large van market that is steadily growing. The influx of more affordable China-made vans has put a huge dent in its sales but local Ford distributor Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC) is striving on and has just launched the new Transit with more space and better equipment.
 
Starting from the exterior, the new Transit is longer, wider, taller and offers a refreshed cabin; further building on the car-like experience of its predecessor for driver and passengers alike. The signature trapezoidal grille takes centrestage up front for a more refined appearance.


 
Under the hood sits the same proven 2.2-litre Duratorq turbo-diesel engine found in the Ranger and Everest with class-leading power of up to 153bhp and 385Nm of torque channelled through a six-speed manual.
 
The packed feature list now includes a comprehensive suite of safety-centric kit including power operated side steps that automatically extend and retract when the sliding door is opened and closed, 180-degree opening rear barn door with two steps opening of 90 and 180-degrees to ease the access and loading purpose, and an array of advanced active safety features comprising Electronic Stability Programme with Fail Boost Support, ABS and EBD, rollover mitigation, front and rear parking sensors. All 14 passengers get three-point seat belts and the second row is equipped with Isofix child seat anchors.


 
User-friendliness is high on the list and the Transit continues with its driving dynamics that resemble a passenger vehicle rather than a large commercial van. Nailing a comfortable yet safe seating position is made easier as well with the addition of a rake and reach adjustable steering wheel.
 
Passenger comfort was a priority and realised in the form of improved ride comfort and reduced noise levels in the cabin. Furthermore, a stylish instrument panel amplifies the car-like feel and incorporates a range of smart stowage solutions including a large hidden compartment under the dual front passenger seat and door storage pockets that can fit an A4 clipboard and 2.0-litre drink bottle.


 
Completing the list of kit is dual front airbags, Hill Launch Assist, quad beam halogen headlamps with follow-me-home lighting, two-tier sidemirrors, emergency release hammer and a connected radio with microphone.
 
Pricing for the new Transit is RM148,888 (OTR w/o insurance) and can be had in any colour as long as it is Frozen White.

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