Ford has released preliminary details of its refreshed 2018 Transit Connect and Transit Courier models, at least for the European market. The company knows not to mess with success with its important commercial vans, so changes are minimal, but meaningful.
Ford has opted to keep the utilitarian sheet metal of the Transit lineup changed. Instead, it has elected to refresh the front fascia design with what it calls a “bold new design.”
Certainly, the new face is bolder than the outgoing model. It also blends the Transit lineup in with the rest of Ford’s more recent design moves with a larger hexagonal grille design and much sleeker lamps on the Connect.
The Courier continues to follow the design of its size equivalent, the Ford Fiesta. It’s new front clip looks a lot like Fiesta, with a sort of big-eyed appearance with large lamps flanking a smaller grille (proportionately) to the Connect.
In Europe, the new Connect is gaining new engines and technology as well. An all-new 1.5-liter EcoBlue diesel and 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder gas engine will now be offered.
Ford is also throwing in its latest tech features, such as a new Intelligent Speed Limiter system that allows the Transit to follow legal speed limits on its own. The company’s Active Park Assist, Side Wind Stabilization and collision alert systems have also been added.
Changes to the Transit Courier are less drastic. Its 1.5-liter TDCi diesel and 1.0-liter EcoBoost engines have been revised and mated to a new six-speed transmission. Courier models are also gaining Ford SYNC3 to keep drivers entertainment and informed on the job.
Both the 2018 Transit Connect and Transit Courier will go on sale in Europe this spring. Expect the refreshed Transit Connect to ultimately find its way to the U.S. as well.