The absoloute bare bones; the irreducible minimum; the most essential components: is what Ford is offering with its most popular commercial Transit van. And that concept of offering less, in this instance benefits fleet managers more.
Yes, I’m aware offering the most basic elements or parts, sounds like a negative: after all, a literal example of bare bones, a skeleton means no muscles, organs, or skin, only the frame of a being. But with Ford Transit’s skeletal chassis cab, this is a positive, because the choice of applications ranging from general delivery and distribution to removals to whatever… is up to you, the operator.
Ford just provide the bare bones of a versatile, low-height platform for a wide variety of body conversions, leaving you to decide how you need to use it. What’s more it’s available to order now.
The new skeletal Transit offers a 100mm lower chassis height than the standard front-wheel drive chassis cab model, providing easier access to the load floor. A lower step height also removes the need for a separate tail lift.
The skeletal chassis model is based on a front-wheel drive Transit platform, and features an open-backed cab design that supports easy walk-through from the cab to the load space of the converted body.
With a 200kg weight reduction compared to the equivalent chassis cab, the optimised design of the skeletal chassis also provides operators with a significant payload advantage – particularly in combination with lightweight body conversions – in addition to the potential for enhanced fuel efficiency.
Customers can specify a choice of three different wheelbase lengths to suit a variety of body conversions, with an optional wide-track rear axle for the 2 shorter variants. All versions offer a gross vehicle mass of 3.5 tonnes.
The Transit skeletal chassis derivative is offered with Ford’s powerful and fuel efficient 2.0‑litre EcoBlue diesel engine in 130PS or 170PS outputs, paired with a standard six-speed manual transmission. Customers can also choose a six-speed automatic transmission, ideally suited to urban delivery applications.
Pricing starts from £27,765 (basic excluding VAT) for the shortest L2 130hp manual gearbox variant, rising to £31,765 for the longest L4 170hp automatic version.
Just remember that this price is for the skeletal chassis only, and doesn’t include the cost of the rear bodywork.
James Wilson, at FCS Vehicle Solutions says: “Ford’s Transit is already legendary for its huge range of body styles, drivelines and size variants, and this new model takes our offering a significant step further.”
Visit www.fcsvehiclesolutions.co.uk or call 01235 773633