Available to order now, the new chassis is 200kg lighter and can be fitted with a range of body conversions – ideal, says Ford, for applications ranging from general delivery and distribution to removals.
Based on a front-wheel drive Transit platform, it features an open-backed cab design and the lower step height removes the need for a separate tail-lift.
There are three wheelbase lengths to suit a variety of body conversions, with an optional wide-track rear axle for the two shorter variants. All versions offer a gross vehicle mass of 3.5 tonnes.
The Transit skeletal chassis derivative is offered with the 2.0‑litre EcoBlue diesel engine in 130bhp or 170bhp outputs, paired with a standard six-speed manual transmission. Customers can also choose a six-speed automatic transmission, ideally suited to urban delivery applications.
“The new Transit skeletal chassis opens up exciting new opportunities for grocery delivery vehicles and other low-floor body conversions where ease of access is paramount,” says Hans Schep, general manager for commercial vehicles at Ford of Europe.