In Europe, the Ford Transit and electric E-Transit will receive various modifications for the 2024 model year. The van is upgraded with new hardware, the most recent software, and other enhancements that expand its capability and make it a better vehicle for commercial customers.
Ford Pro’s new Delivery Assist system automates several vehicle security processes to assist busy drivers complete deliveries faster. When the driver puts the van in park, the system activates the danger lights, stops the engine, and locks any doors the driver does not need to utilise to make the delivery.
When the driver returns to the vehicle, he deactivates the hazards and restarts the engine by pushing the brake pedal. According to Ford, the method may trim up to 20 seconds off each delivery, saving around 50 minutes over the course of a day of 150 deliveries.
The Transit’s 2024 upgrade list includes hardware changes for front-wheel-drive variants. A new eight-speed automatic gearbox option is available for the variations, as well as a new heavy-duty gross axle weight rating package. Both are intended to increase the model’s hauling capacity.
According to Ford, the new gearbox raises the van’s gross vehicle mass (GVW) to up to 9,396 pounds (4,250 kilogrammes), an increase of 1,543 pounds (700 kg). The axle pack increases the maximum weight of the front axle by 330 pounds (150 kg) to 4,409 pounds (2,000 kg).
These enhancements are paired with a new wheel hub and brake system that is approximately 60 pounds (27 kg) lighter than before. While reducing weight is always helpful, the new design also makes replacement easier. According to FoMoCo, changing all four brake discs can save technicians up to two hours.
With the creation of Ford Pro, a separate vehicle services and distribution business unit within the carmaker created to satisfy the specialized demands of commercial clients in 2021, the company placed a greater emphasis on its commercial business. Ford Pro combines the company’s vehicles, software, digital services, and service centres.
The 2024 Transit comes standard with a 12.0-inch touchscreen entertainment system with SYNC 4, while the driver sees an 8.0-inch digital instrument cluster. Next year’s van will also include Ford Pro’s Upfit Integration System, which allows drivers to control aftermarket equipment and monitor installed components like a refrigerator via the touchscreen.
The new Transit will be available in 2024 with a number of basic safety features and driver assistance packages. Adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping warning, blind spot detection, and other features are included. It boasts 5G connectivity, wireless updates via Ford Power-Up, and new 16-inch wheels.
The redesigned Ford Transit and E-Transit will be available to order in Europe this summer. The enhancements listed here are only available for the model in that region. The company told Motor1.com that the US van will be revealed in the autumn.