The Ford 2021 Transit will be updated with a new parcel delivery package to support growth of the segment in the industry, as well as feature a recreational vehicle option package.
The new Parcel Delivery Package includes a number of design refinements standard for the 2021 Transit that provide improved access to the cargo compartment, according to Ford. The manual parking brake on the floor by the driver’s seat has been replaced in all Transit vans up to 9,500 pounds GVWR by an electronic parking brake, creating a 50% wider clear aisle between the front seats.
Also, an optional center console with right-side shifter further improves walkthrough and offers more than seven inches of additional driver legroom, Ford announced. The overhead shelf is now optional, providing more clearance when standing. The Parcel Delivery Package also adds 50/50 hinged rear doors featuring a wide 253-degree opening and full interior lighting to facilitate early morning and late evening deliveries. The armrests have been eliminated from both the driver and passenger seats to further improve cargo access.
Also, a Livery Package serves the premium transportation market with a ready-made configuration focused on comfort and style. Available for Transit passenger van XLT, the Livery Package includes 10-way power seats finished in ebony leather seating surfaces for all passengers, power sliding side door, HID headlamps, full privacy glass and 16-inch silver wheels.
The new recreation option packages include an updated Transit Motorhome Prep Package for cutaway, the new RV Prep Package for cargo van and a new Adventure Prep Package for cargo or crew van.
“With many Americans working from home and practicing social distancing during the pandemic, the popularity of recreational vehicles has soared at the same time package delivery has seen incredible growth,” says Tiffany Chang, Ford fleet brand strategy manager. “Our new 2021 Transit options help people design the recreational vehicles of their dreams and help enable our commercial customers to more efficiently deliver goods and services across the country.”
The Motorhome Prep Package now includes Adaptive Cruise Control. Customers can also choose an available new economy-rated version of the popular 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine designed to support high frontal area conversions like larger motorhomes.
The RV Prep Package includes driver-assist features including a side-sensing system and Adaptive Cruise Control, as well as a heavy-duty trailer tow offering. Exterior enhancements include front fog lamps, and, Inside, four-way manual swivel driver and passenger seats are standard, as is an eight-speaker sound system.
The Adventure Prep Package bundles together camper van options including all-wheel drive, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, 3.73:1 limited-slip differential rear axle, heavy-duty front axle and privacy glass. Driver-assist features include Adaptive Cruise Control, reverse and side-sensing systems, and Blind Spot Information System. Additional standard technology includes an 8-inch color touch screen with SYNC 3 and dual USB ports, power point and dual absorbent glass mat batteries.
A honeycomb mesh grille is standard on all 2021 Transit models. Production begins this fall at Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri.