There once was a time when Ford was into people movers with its Clubwagon (or E-150) full size van.
Yet the rise of SUVs and crossovers has sent this form of transport the way of the dinosaur.
Or has it?
We ask this because Ford Philippines has just unveiled the 2020 Transit.
More like a minibus than an actual full size van, the Transit is a big hit in Europe and looks to be the same in our market.
With the streets becoming more gridlocked and the Filipino families’ penchant for taking the entire barangay along for the ride, Ford Philippines figures that the 15-seater configuration would feel right at home in our country.
As mentioned, this 5,981mm long, 2,474mm wide, and 2,517mm tall rig can seat 15 people and offers loads of cargo and storage spaces inside the cabin.
There are 22 cupholders, a slew of cubbyholes and bins, and room to make life on the road more pleasant.
Passengers will also be entertained by a SYNC infotainment system with AM/FM radio and USB and Aux inputs.
Apart from these, passengers will have an easier time getting in and out thanks to a powered side step board, while the rear doors can open as wide as 180 degrees for equally easy cargo loading.
Powering the new Ford Transit is a 2.2-liter Duratorq four-cylinder diesel motor with 135hp and 385Nm of torque, sent to the rear wheels via 6-speed manual gearbox.
While it may look like a loaf of bread on wheels, Ford did spruce it up a bit with halogen headlamps, a three-bar grille, and other exterior touches.
And it put in safety kit aside from the usual ABS with EBD, which include a reverse camera, an emergerncy hatch, and ISOFIX safety points for child seats.
And for even greater peace of mind, Ford Philippines is offering a free 5-year Scheduled Service Maintenance package for those that will purchase their Transit before 2019 ends.
Those looking for a large people mover can check ot the 2020 Ford Tansit, which is priced at P2,3M.
Photos: Randolph De Leon