The Ford Transit, America’s best-selling van, is expanding for the 2016 model year, with the addition of available SYNC 3, rearview camera technology and new customization options.
“These and other updates make the 2016 Ford Transit the smartest, most flexible van ever offered by Ford,” says Yaro Hetman, Ford brand manager for Transit, Transit Connect and E-Series. “Transit replaces America’s best-selling van for 35 years, E-Series, first sold in 1961 as Ford Econoline, and we look forward to continuing our leadership in this important segment.”
Transit quickly took over the best-selling commercial van title in November 2014, having been available beginning in June at U.S. and Canadian dealerships for the first time. Ford has produced more than 100,000 Transit vans and wagons at Kansas City Assembly Plant during the 2015 model year.
SYNC 3 – Ford’s new communications and entertainment system available on Transit for 2016 – features faster performance, more conversational voice recognition, a more innovative smartphone-like touch screen and easier-to-understand graphical interface to help Ford customers connect on the road.
All 2016 Ford Transit vans and wagons will include a rearview camera and trailer hitch assist technology as standard equipment. Trailer hitch assist automatically engages when the vehicle is shifted into reverse and displays a graphical overlay on the screen that helps guide drivers to line up a hitch with a trailer.
2016 Transit cutaway and chassis cab customers will have the option to display the area behind the vehicle on the rearview mirror.
Dual sliding side cargo doors also will be available for the first time on Ford Transit medium- and high-roof vans – meaning customers can choose from 58 vehicle configurations, up from 47 in the 2015 model year. With the introduction of a dual sliding door option on the 2016 Transit van, the vehicle with the most configurations in its class just got even more flexible.
Transit fleet customers can add an available speed limitation feature that caps top speed at 70 mph – providing another option to help encourage safe driving habits and help reduce fuel costs. Speeds already can be limited to 65 mph and 75 mph on 2015 Ford Transit models.
A host of additional upgrades for the 2016 Transit are designed to increase capability for customers who upfit their vehicles. Auxiliary fuse panels are optional on all Transit variants to power custom upfit accessories or other implements. A single absorbed glass mat (AGM) battery – designed for drivers who need to power extra lights or equipment – is optional on all gas engines. Heavy-duty alternators are optional on wagons – giving customers who upfit their vehicles more power to run accessories.
Front dome lamps with map lights and theater dimming will be standard on all Transit variants. The USB jack moves above the cupholder in the center console for easy access.
Four new paint colors debut for the 2016 model year: Shadow Black, Caribou, Magnetic and Race Red.
Customers can begin customizing their 2016 Ford Transit vehicles online starting Aug. 11, with vans and wagons available at Ford dealerships beginning in September.
The Ford Transit Connect compact commercial van also will be updated for 2016.
The flexible-fuel vehicle system will be standard equipment on 2016 Transit Connect vans with 2.5-liter I-4 engines destined for non-California emissions states – giving customers more choices. Flex-fuel Transit Connect vans are engineered to run on E85 (85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline), unleaded gasoline or any blend of the two. Ethanol burns cleaner and is more renewable than conventional fuels.
Customers also can choose the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine on Transit Connect vans and Transit Connect Wagon XLT.
A perimeter alarm will be included at no additional charge when available remote start is ordered on Transit Connect, helping minimize complexity and providing value to customers. The feature – which detects security threats through impact and shock sensors and activates an alarm to help protect vehicle contents – can potentially help lower insurance costs.
2016 Transit Connect vans will be available at Ford dealerships beginning in September.