Ford and local distributor Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC) today launched the new Transit window van in Malaysia, designed especially for businesses, community organisations and government departments who transport groups of people and are looking for more capability, comfort, efficiency and a comprehensive suite of safety features from a commercial van.
With a contemporary and professional design that compliments business usage, the Transit window van is available in Frozen White and priced at RM148,888 on the road without insurance in Peninsular Malaysia and RM151,888 in East Malaysia.
“Transporting passengers safely and securely is the number one mission of any passenger van and Transit offers a suite of advanced safety features in addition to a winning combination of fuel economy, power and capacity,” said David Westerman, managing director, Malaysia and Asia Pacific Emerging Markets, Ford Motor Company.
“The new Transit 14-seat van is also now longer, wider, taller and offers a refreshed cabin, giving the driver and passengers alike a more comfortable, car-like experience,” explained Westerman.
With its bold new design, car-like interior and outstanding driving dynamics, the Ford Transit window van will strike a chord with a broad range of organisations and small businesses. It is powered by a proven 2.2-litre Duratorq turbo-diesel engine, offering class-leading power of up to 155PS and 385 Nm of torque. Like its other Transit peers, the TDCi engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
A comprehensive suite of safety features in the new Ford Transit include the addition of power operated side steps that automatically extends and retracts 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 a wide array of advanced safety features including Electronic Stability Programme with Fail Boost Support, rollover mitigation, front and rear parking sensors, three-point seat belts for all passengers and second row ISOFIX child seat anchors.
“We are confident that the versatile new 14-seat Transit van will appeal to a range of customers such as schools, community groups, transport operators and government departments, who will value the flexible seating layout, extra space, and added features,” said Syed Ahmad Muzri Syed Faiz, managing director, Sime Darby Auto Connexion.
Comfort and advanced technologies
Ford engineers have tuned the vehicle to deliver driving dynamics more usually associated with a small car, with more confident, car-like handling during both urban and highway driving.
The 14-seat Transit van has a cabin that is both functional and spacious, with good visibility and a more comfortable driving position when compared with the previous model, with a steering column fully-adjustable for rake and reach.
The interior is significantly more refined, with reduced noise levels and improved ride comfort for passengers. In addition, it also features a stylish instrument panel, incorporating 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-litre drink bottle.
Advanced technologies found in the Transit will give both passengers and drivers extra peace-of-mind. These include rollover mitigation, which allows automatic brake application to selected wheels when sensors detect a risk of the vehicle rolling over, and traction control, which provides maximum traction in all road conditions by directing torque to the wheels with the most grip.
The new Ford Transit window van also comes equipped with a host of key features including:
- Driver and Front Passenger Airbags
- Hill Launch Assist
- Emergency Brake Assist and Emergency Brake Warning
- Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
- Quad Beam Halogen Headlamps with Follow Me Home Lighting
- Two-tier side mirrors
- Emergency Release Hammer on Single Side Load Door
- Connected Radio with Microphone
- 80-litre Fuel Tank
- Front and rear parking sensors
Bold and strong appearance
The new Transit features a bold new exterior which embodies the same dynamic character as Ford’s kinetic design passenger cars. Signature kinetic design features help to give the Transit window van its unique character, including the bold trapezoidal grille, strong and muscular shoulder line and prominent wheel lips.