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Whether you are a one-man-band painter and decorator looking for a small van to get you from job to job or your courier business requires a fleet of reliable large vans, Ford has a van model to suit you. The two most significant and impressive Ford models that are seen across the UK are the Ford Courier van and the Ford Connect Courier.
As a part of the Ford European product revolution, changes to the Connect and Courier van lineup have made these vans crucial members of the latest four-model Transit family. With Ford now being Europe’s No. 1-selling commercial vehicle brand, both the Transit Connect and Transit Courier are the best-selling commercial vehicles in their respective segments.
But which of these two commercial van superstars is best suited for you and your business? With both featuring stylish new designs, improved powertrains that increase fuel efficiency and a collection of advanced new driver assistance technologies, how can you tell them apart and what benefits does each bring? Read on to learn the difference between the Ford Connect Courier and the Ford Courier van.
Ford Courier Van
The Ford Transit Connect Courier is the smallest member of the successful Ford’s Transit family and is small enough for tricky city driving and getting into tight spaces with ease. This commercial van sits on the same mechanical parts as the Fiesta Van, but it offers a much higher payload.
The new Courier model brings a refreshed and modernised front-end appearance that incorporates a reshaped grille and a revised design for the lower fascia. The Ford Connect Courier has received Fiesta-inspired faces which truly utilise Ford’s latest design language. Step inside and the cabin feels open and comfortable. The interior features a redesigned centre console including a new, larger six-inch colour touchscreen with Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system which is positioned closer to the driver for improved visibility and ease of use.
Under the hood, the updated engine range meets the latest Euro 6.2 emissions standards. The updated powertrain line-up offers drivers the choice of fuel-efficient 1.5-litre TDCi diesel and 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engines. The diesel Transit Courier produces either 74 or 99bhp, delivering a claimed 65.6mpg and the petrol EcoBoost engine delivers 53.2mpg.
All Ford Courier vehicles feature Ford’s all-new six-speed manual transmission in place of the outgoing model’s five-speed gearbox. For the ultimate in low running costs, a new fuel-efficiency package is offered as standard on diesel models. To achieve this, Ford has integrated optimised aerodynamics with an Active Grille Shutter to improve warm-up times and reduce aero drag.
The Ford Courier van offers urban van operators a payload capacity ranging from 500-590 kg, and load volumes up to 2.4 cubic metres. The drivers of this Transit can pick through a range of van and kombi body styles such as a new Limited variant, providing customers with an alternative to the dynamic Sport model at the top of the range.
“We’ve given our two smaller Transits a complete overhaul that makes them even more affordable to run, more stylish to look at, and ready to tackle every job our customers throw at them.”Hans Schep, Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe.
Ford Connect Van
The new Transit Connect introduces an updated, smart new front-end facelift that adopts the latest Ford design DNA. The van’s face features an imposing three-bar Transit grille and slimmer yet more powerful HID Xenon lamps. High series models feature impressive LED daytime running lights which, combined with a more aerodynamic lower fascia and front spoiler, deliver a fresh, all-new look.
Inside the Ford Connect van, an upgraded cabin features a revised instrument panel with a new central control area that incorporates a floating six-inch colour touchscreen, featuring Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system.
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Inside the Transit Connect, an upgraded cabin features stylish trim materials that provide a clean and hard-wearing working environment for long working days in the cab. The interior also features a revised instrument panel with a new central control area which seamlessly incorporates a very futuristic, tablet-inspired six-inch colour touchscreen.
Two new engines will feature in the commercial Transit Connect van, a 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol with cylinder deactivation and a powerful 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel. The 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel available in three states of tune: 74, 99 and 118bhp, with the claimed economies for this engine range coming in at 60.1mpg and ending at 56.4mpg for the most powerful unit.
An upgraded six-speed manual transmission is now fitted to all engines as standard and the state-of-the-art new powertrain line-up provides enhanced fuel efficiency, while achieving Euro 6.2 emissions standards.
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