Ford Van and Wagon Models to Include CNG Options in 2017
Ford announced its 3.7L engine will now be standard on dual-rear wheel van and wagon models of the 2017 Transit Connect, lowering the base price and providing the option for CNG fuel systems. Ford is also introducing a number of enhancements across its van lineup for the 2017 model year, offering a choice of 64 configurations, up from 58 in the previous model year.
A low-profile center console option is available on all Transit variants for delivery drivers and others who want easier access to walk from the cab into the back of the vehicle. The feature also makes it easier for fleets to install computer equipment in the center console area.
“Walk-through center consoles are just one enhancement we are adding in response to real-world driver input,” says Yaro Hetman, brand manager, Ford Transit, Transit Connect and E-Series. “Fleet customers tell us they love Transit, and we are making it even better for the 2017 model year.”
Customers can begin ordering their 2017 Transit online starting April 4, with availability at Ford dealerships in September. Ordering for the 2017 Transit Connect cargo van and Transit Connect Wagon begins online March 14, with vehicles available at Ford dealerships in September.
Ford E-Series stripped chassis and cutaway get a new engine for 2017. The 6.2L V8 engine proven in Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks will be available midyear for 2017 E-Series cutaway. Customers can choose from the new 6.2L V8 or the standard 6.8L V10. A gaseous engine prep package is available for conversion to CNG, and an E-Series cutaway with the CNG package can be upgraded with aftermarket upfits to bi-fuel capability.