Ford Transit Luton
promises an impressive drive if you are looking for medium-size removals. This classic-shaped vehicle was originally designed to accommodate a high volume of lighter goods. However, it can now cater to a wide range of transportation jobs.
The Ford Transit Luton Van is a long-wheelbase vehicle that comes with hydraulic tail lifts that are incredibly helpful while planning to shift bulky objects. Such as large kitchen appliances, furniture, and other household/industrial items. It is a perfect mover for heavy loads as well.
Owing to its uniform boxed shape, it is easier to stack and maneuver items and maximize the space without having to bother about the wheel arches. Despite not having a side door, access to this Luton van is relatively trouble-free. Although it cannot harbor the same payload as any other standard transit vehicle, it still can carry a load of 600kg seamlessly. Which is no minor undertaking. Official Ford Website
Designed for secure loads or dry freight, this Luton van has a market-leading payload. It can fit a wide range of chassis brands and is designed for EN12642XL and EN12640. Designed and tested as per the latest European standards, the Ford Transit Luton is fitted with an array of features. It can be easily adapted to include a tail-lift.
Its transit range is vast. There are drop-side trucks, chassis cabs, panel vans, and mini buses. The vans have a gross vehicle weight ranging from 2.9 to 5.0 tons in transit. The makers have also worked to boost the usability of the load area too. Tiny features like bright LED lighting and the sturdy plastic load floor covers make exceptional additions.
The load space is uniformly shaped which makes it easier to place larger items inside the vehicle. The doors open wide enough for you to comfortably load the van. You will also find handy catch inside the rear doors that compels them to fully open by 180 degree for enabling easy loading. You can also request a sliding loading door if it fits your requirement.
Safety and reliability
Ford Transit Luton is subjected to rigorous testing that included 680,000 miles of driving in a full range of conditions. Of that 310,000 miles were undertaken in the hands of actual transit customers who used the vehicle day to day and reported any issues. After enduring rigorous testing, Ford Transit Luton has certainly proven that is indeed made to deliver performance under challenging conditions. It certainly is durable and delivers long-term performance to the buyers.
The vehicle is safe too as Ford has fitted one of the most advanced ESC stability control systems to this vehicle that any van has ever seen. Also, a multitude of add-on features is offered that are specifically designed for commercial vehicles. The Side Wind stabilization feature helps deal with crosswinds. The Curve Control technology can brake individual wheels to keep the vehicle under control if it detects the driver entering a corner too fast.
The Load Adaptive Roll Stability Control feature negates the heavy load that can destabilize the vehicle. The Trailer Sway Control keeps a wayward trailer in check. The Blind Spot Information system features an extended zone to cover trailers up to 10m. You can also opt for the Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Traffic Sign Recognition as well as a suite of cameras and hands-free parking assistance aids.
What is more impressive is the inclusion of Ford’s Pre-Collision Assist with pedestrian detection. Available from the options list, it can detect and warn the driver of any impending collision. You can prepare the braking system in advance. This ensures brake application automatically if no action is taken by the driver.
Apart from high-tech safety features, the Ford Transit Luton van also gets front, side, and curtain airbags. Safety features also include a neat reversing camera, cornering headlights, lane-keeping assist, and tire pressure monitoring.
Driving and performance
There are three engine power options
The 2.0-liter EcoBlue common-rail diesel engine is the basis for all three of the engine power options available. The buyers have the option to choose from front, rear, or all-wheel drive. With 415Nm of torque available at just 1,750 rpm, the top-of-the-line 182bhp variant offers exceptional performance and flexibility.
This engine may be the best option if you frequently exceed your van’s payload capacity, but even if you don’t, its versatility and exceptional refinement make it a highly desired alternative. However, even the 168bhp version runs flawlessly in the ‘Jumbo’ H4 L3 configuration, and the Transit can readily maintain traffic flow when equipped with this engine. The fact that this component was installed on the Transit before Ford’s passenger cars says a lot.
The 128bhp Transit engine, which generates a maximum torque of 385Nm at 1,500 rpm, is the most popular model. While shifting a lightly laden Transit requires more effort and increases engine noise as a result, it should still be more than sufficient for the majority of customers.
The Ford Transit Luton is nevertheless pleasingly smooth and vibration-free inside the cab even with the last power choice, which delivers 104 horsepower and 360 Nm of torque but is slightly noisier once more (because of the additional revs necessary). Although it might have a little trouble with heavier loads on the open road, this engine will be at its best in confined spaces.
MPG, CO2, and running costs
Every business wants to use as little fuel as possible given the current fuel prices, and the Ford Transit Luton is more than capable of handling the job. Ford’s cutting-edge 2.0-liter EcoBlue engines, which provide a 13% increase in fuel efficiency over the previous 2.2-liter engines and include a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system, power the most recent line of vehicles. That indicates that the Transit is brought under the Euro 6 emissions requirements using AdBlue urea injections. As a result, all Transits now have a 21-liter AdBlue tank that can travel for over 6,000 miles before needing to be refilled.
In addition to features like Ford’s Auto-Start-Stop, regenerative braking, and a gear shift indicator, the newest 2.0-liter EcoBlue diesel engine present in all Transit models also contributes to this efficiency performance. The four-cylinder engine has a sophisticated combustion system with common-rail injectors that can deliver up to six fuel injections into the cylinder every cycle while operating at a pressure of 2,000 bar.
Additionally, Ford’s well-known EcoBoost gasoline engines’ low inertia turbocharging technology, lower internal friction, and an integrated exhaust gas recirculation system are included.
Ford claims that the smallest front-wheel drive versions may achieve the best number of 43.5 mpg thanks to the most recent modifications, which have further improved economy. You may anticipate an average mpg improvement of about 3% if you choose the mild-hybrid 128bhp engine choice with its 48V starter/generator, though that benefit may increase to as much as 8% under specific driving circumstances where energy regeneration is maximized.
The best-combined statistics for mild hybrids on the combined cycle vary from 44.8 to 47.1 mpg, which might make a significant difference over larger mileages.
The effort to reduce operating expenses in this Transit extends beyond the engine compartment. The multi-piece rear bumper, all-around body protection, and high-mounted lighting were created to reduce the likelihood of damage and lower the cost of repairs if an accident does take place. Operators will welcome service intervals of two years or 36,000 miles, as well as a reduction in the amount of time required for maintenance during the first 93,000 miles to just 4.2 hours.
The Ford Transit Luton van, which has a market-leading payload and can fit a variety of chassis manufacturers, is designed for EN12642 XL and EN12640 and is intended for dry freight or secure goods. This van is the ideal complement to your Ford Transit chassis because it was created and tested to the most recent European standards, is equipped with a wide range of amenities as standard, and is readily modified to allow for the addition of a tail-lift.