Ford has revealed the chassis cab and cutaway models of its upcoming Transit van. The Transit chassis cab features an enclosed passenger compartment and a frame that can accept aftermarket body modules. The Transit cutaway version is similar but the rear area of the passenger compartment is open, which allows it to be paired with body modules such as those for shuttles or school buses.
The Transit chassis cab and cutaway models will come in three wheelbases, including, 138, 156, or 178 inches, and gross vehicle weight ratings ranging from 9,000 lbs. to 10,360 lbs.
Ford stated the frame used in the Transit cutaway and chassis cab feature a uni-ladder structure that combines the cab with a girder frame. The fully welded platform underpins the entire cab area, according to Ford, with the frame rails reaching from the front of the vehicle to the rear bumper mounts.
The automaker added that it made extensive use of high-strength steel in the frame, and that it reinforced the cab area and uni-ladder frame rails with boron for added strength while saving weight. The company also said it used an anti-corrosion agent on the frame for added durability. In addition, Ford said it can extend the frame with support plates, giving an upfitted body more room to accommodate extra cargo.
A buyer can choose a factory-installed towing package, which includes a hitch, lighting connections, and a pre-wire package for upfitted body lighting, according to Ford.
Engine-wise, the automaker offers a 3.7L V-6, a 3.5L EcoBoost engine (the one in the F-150), and an all-new 3.2L Power Stroke diesel engine choice. The automaker also plans to offer a prep kit for the 3.7L engine that will allow it to run on compressed natural gas or liquid propane gas. The 3.7L V-6 is also engineered to run on E85, according to Ford.
You can view additional photos of the other Transit van models here.
You can also download a PDF that calls out specific features on the chassis cab and cutaway models here.
Originally posted on Automotive Fleet