Ford is introducing enhancements across its North American van lineup for the 2017 model year, including a 3.7-liter engine that will now be standard on dual-rear wheel van and wagon models, lowering the base price and providing a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) option. Altogether, it will offer a choice of 64 configurations, up from 58 in the previous model year.
2017 Ford Transit updates include a low-profile center console option on all Transit variants for delivery drivers and others who want easier access to walk from the cab into the back of the vehicle. The feature also makes it easier for fleets to install computer equipment in the center console area.
“Walk-through center consoles are just one enhancement we are adding in response to real-world driver input,” says Yaro Hetman, brand manager, Ford Transit, Transit Connect and E-Series. “Fleet customers tell us they love Transit, and we are making it even better for the 2017 model year.”
Ordering for the 2017 Transit Connect cargo van and Transit Connect Wagon begins online March 14, with vehicles available at Ford dealerships in September.
A new engine is also offered for E-Series stripped chassis and cutaway, frequently modified into ambulances, delivery vans and motorhomes. The 6.2-liter V8 engine proven in Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks will be available midyear for 2017 E-Series cutaway. Customers can choose from the new 6.2-liter V8 or the standard 6.8-liter V10. A CNG/propane gaseous engine prep package is available for conversion to CNG.
An E-Series cutaway with the CNG/propane package can be upgraded with aftermarket upfits to bi-fuel capability – enabling it to run on either unleaded gasoline or natural gas.