The Courier is the smallest van in the Ford Transit series, it can be classified under the Transit Connect. Although it will first be available with combustion engines from autumn, under the full name E-Transit Courier next year it will be the first to offer a fully electric powertrain.
Unlike the electric Explorer, which borrows Volkswagen’s MEB platform, the E-Transit Courier rides on Ford’s own architecture — the same architecture Ford will use for the upcoming Puma electric crossover. Both models will be produced in the same factory in Romania.
What the little E-Transit has in common with the explorer, however, is its boxy shape and angular, SUV-like front end. But it’s not just the Courier’s boxier shape that makes it look bigger than the outgoing Ford Courier. It is bigger in every way.
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The overall length increased by 118 mm to 4278 m, but more importantly, the cargo area increased. The length of the cargo area at floor level now measures 1803mm instead of 1621mm, and you can extend it to 2661mm by specifying the optional cargo bulkhead.
The width between the wheel arches has been increased by 200 mm thanks to relocated shock absorbers, which now allows two standard Euro pallets to fit in the cargo area at the same time.
The electric car can carry 700 kg. The petrol and diesel models offer a standard payload of up to 678kg and the optional High Payload trim which increases the maximum payload to 850kg. Customers can also order a Kombi model with a three-seater rear bench and a folding partition for maximum use of cargo space and greater flexibility.
The electric variant is powered by a single 100 kW, 136 hp electric motor that drives the front wheels and is limited to 145 km/h. The on-board 11 kW AC charger charges the battery from 0-100 percent in 5.7 hours, but the maximum DC rate is 100 kW, so a 10-80 percent charge requires around 35 minutes. The power of 100 kW is supposed to add 87 km of range in 10 minutes.
The E-Transit’s powertrain can be configured for one-pedal driving, and users can also schedule battery charging and preparation via the smart 12-inch Sync 4 infotainment touchscreen, which Ford reserved for electric versions of the novelty.
As for the combustion variant, there will be a choice of a 1.0-liter petrol three-cylinder in 100 hp and 125 hp variants, an alternative is a 1.5-liter diesel four-cylinder with a power of 100 hp; a six-speed manual gearbox is standard, while the 125bhp petrol engine is also available with a new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
Ford has not yet published the prices of the new product.
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