Ford Makes Functional and Technological Improvements to Its 2017 Transit Vans
Ford hasn’t had a problem moving its Transit vans off of dealer lots lately. Sales figures for them were up by more than 50 percent for the month of January and by double digits again in February.
The new enhancements the Blue Oval is rolling out for the 2017 Transit line should make it even easier for dealers to get the vans off their lots.
They can now be ordered in 64 different configurations, including regular-wheelbase, chassis cab, and cutaway models, and with single or dual rear wheels. According to Ford, “The 3.7-liter engine will now be standard on dual-rear wheel van and wagon models, lowering the base price and providing the option of CNG or LPG capability.”
In response to fleet customer feedback, Ford has given the new Transit an optional low-profile center console, which should make work easier for delivery drivers who need to walk from the cab to the back of the vehicle. That also facilitates the addition of computer equipment for fleet companies.
Upfitting is also less of a hassle with the new Transit. Upfitter switches have been improved with pairs of increased amperage outputs, battery hot outputs, and un-switched outputs. The package comes with a heavy-duty alternator, an auxiliary fuse box, a modified vehicle wiring system, two heavy-duty batteries, and a new interface connector generates a variety of useful signals including power supply, engine start, and vehicle speed.
Other changes include a wider power passenger-side running board on Transit wagons and vans without dual sliding side doors.
The 2017 Transit Connect Wagon Titanium now comes standard with SYNC 3, a 6.5-inch touch screen, and navigation. SYNC 3 is an option on Transit Connect XLT cargo van and Transit Connect Wagon XLT. Transit Connects in the XLT and Titanium trim levels get new standard features such as reverse sensors and automatic headlamps.
The online order books for the 2017 Transit Connect cargo van and Wagon open up March 14; those vehicles will arrive in dealerships in September. Ford will begin taking online orders for the 2017 Transit April 4. Expect those to hit showroom floors in September, too.
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