North America’s best-selling commercial van offers 58 vehicle configurations with the introduction of a dual sliding door option for 2016.
And that enables owners to customize their vehicles almost beyond showfloor recognition.
The manufacturer has encouraged owners to submit pictures of how they have modified their vans and have received some examples of some very clever customizations.
For example, So-Gnar’s Creative Hub is a shred-ready Ford Transit and is modified with a custom boot dryer, snowboard rack, tuning bench and portable DJ booth to make snowboarding even more fun for its riders. “It’s an absolute dream of a creative hub that we can do anything out of,” says So-Gnar CEO Pat Milbery. (Check out the video: http://bit.ly/1LOZT38)
Chicago-based Windy City Limousine’s Ford Transit was converted by Battisti Customs of Elkhart, Indiana, to carry 13 passengers in luxury and style – with a wood floor, black leather couch-style seating and two flat-screen televisions.
Shultz’s Guest House uses its Ford Transit to transport orphaned dogs – sometimes from several states away – to a private 200-acre farm in Dedham, Massachusetts, where they are safe from being euthanized until permanent homes are found for them.
Still on the dog theme, Wag’n Tails Mobile Conversions in Granger, Indiana, converts Ford Transit vans into fully self-contained mobile pet grooming studios, complete with full-size tubs, hydro-massage shampoo systems, grooming tables, blow dryers, vacuums and fridges.
“The looks scream European but its fits right at home here in Canada.”
Driving down the road you see quite a variety of work vehicles, cube vans, flat decks, service trucks and pickups to name but a few.
The days of the traditional van have gone except for a few that have seen more than a little action in their lives! Consumers looking for a work van now want more headroom in the back to carry out products to the job site or perhaps use as a portable office or shop. Enter the European vans. The Sprinter van is a classic example. It started with just a few driving our streets and now it’s the template for what other vans to aspire to be. The 2015 Ford Transit is new to us but has been around for many years in Europe; a big success there and it will likely prove to be a huge success here.
The looks scream European but its fits right at home here in Canada. The headlights and front grille look just like most Ford products and in fact I found myself doing a double take when I first came across one.
In the cab I found plenty of room and could see myself working in this all day, jumping out to make deliveries and working very comfortably. The Transit Van is available in three body lengths, 320 cm (126”), 363 cm (143.7”), 436 cm (172.2”), and three roof heights 211 (83.2”), 255 cm (100.7”), and 279 cm (110”).
There is an available Crew Chief option that helps you track your fleet. A GPS enabled black box is mounted in the vehicle and records detail information like, location, speed, and fuel economy. It can also tell if the driver seat belt is in use.
The available engines are 3.7L Ti-VCT V6 with 275 hp, 3.5L EcoBoost V6 with 310 hp and a 3.2L I5 Diesel with 185 hp all mated to a 6 speed automatic transmission
Safety is important and a work van should be a safe place to work. The Transit van offers driver and passenger airbags, side curtain and front thorax side airbags, anti-lock brakes, and 3 point seat belts. If the SYNC option is chosen a distress call is made for you when the air bag goes off.
The power rack and pinion steering set up helps this van drive like a dream. Turning is very easy and backing into loading bays is a piece of cake. The optional backup camera helps to dial in the proximity of the rear bumper and a wall. I thought a van of this height would be more problematic on the highway with the cross winds but a trip across the new Port Mann being passed by a large semi I felt very comfortable. It is very much like driving a minivan.
Bumper to bumper 3 year/ 60,000 km
Powertrain 5 years/ 100,000 km
Corrosion 5 years/ 100,000 km
16.9/ 12.5 L/100 km (city/highway)
Starting at $30,052