Ford reveals 2018 updates for Transit Connect and Transit Courier

Ford has previewed the 2018 versions of the Transit Connect and Transit Courier panel vans. On sale in spring 2018, the vans should be cheaper to run and cleaner with lower emissions, thanks to an all-new 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel engine. 

The 2018 Transit Connect (pictured above) gets some styling updates, with a new three-bar grille, slimmer headlights and a redesigned bonnet. High spec models will also get xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights, along with a more aerodynamic lower fascia and front spoiler. Like the outgoing model, buyers will get the choice of short and long wheelbases and payload capacities will range from 520-890kg, which is slightly down than the outgoing van that will carry up to 993kg.

The 1.5 TDCI engine has now been updated and rebranded as a 1.5-litre 'EcoBlue' diesel. Ford hasn't released any details on fuel economy, but is promising lower running costs and Euro 6.2 emission standards, which should result in lower CO2 and NOx tailpipe gases. 

As before, there will be a petrol option, in the form of the three-cylinder 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine. The turbocharged petrol has been redesigned to feature cylinder deactivation technology to enable the engine to run on two cylinders under low loads, to improve fuel-efficiency. Both the petrol and diesel engines will be linked to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, while a new eight-speed automatic will be available as an option. 

Transit Courier Is The Smallest Member Of Fords Transit Family

The smaller Transit Courier (pictured above) will also get the option of a 1.5 EcoBlue diesel or 1.0 EcoBoost petrol, along with exterior updates that will mirror the larger Transit Connect. To improve fuel costs further, diesel versions of the Courier will get an active grille shutter system to increase airflow to the engine and reduce aero-drag by opening vents within the front grille. 

The Transit Courier offers a payload capacity ranging from 500-590kg, which again is slightly down on the outgoing van's maximum of 660kg. A single side sliding side door will be fitted as standard, while Kombi versions will feature a row of three seats in the back and glazed side doors.

Both 2018 vans will get updated interiors, with the most-notable change being the optional six-inch colour touchscreen with Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment and navigation. A raft of active safety tech - as seen in the 2018 Transit Custom - should also make its way into the updated vans, with autonomous cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist and automatic emergency city braking.

Order books for the updated Transit Connect and Transit Courier will open in March 2018, with deliveries starting in June.