Ford Transit vans will now get Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection autonomous emergency braking as well as a Lane-Keeping system on all Ford Transit Trend, Limited and Trail models from spring next year.
That will mean that 60% of all Transit vans sold across Europe will now get the systems.
Transit Trend trim level vans will also now get Ford’s Quickclear heated windscreen along with auto headlights and rain-sensing windscreen wipers.
Top of the range Limited trim Transit vans will also get new additional standard features, and will include the updated SYNC 4 infotainment system. The 12in touchscreen is a significant upgrade to the current SYNC 3 system with Limited vans also getting a high-mounted rear-view camera with LED downlighter. Limited vans will also get a keyless start system, Ford Power, which the company says will help customers with frequent-stop itineraries.
Additional driver assistance systems will also be added to the range with a new Reverse Brake Assist as well as a 360-degree camera option.
SYNC 4 will enable vans to have Ford Power-Up software updates which remotely upgrades software systems, keeping the van’s technology up-to-date wirelessly and without any involvement needed by the driver.
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Other features of SYNC 4 include cloud-connected live traffic, weather and parking updates, wireless Android Auto or Apple Carplay with two mobile devices connected simultaneously and Advanced Speech Recognition with Conversational Language Commands.
All new Transits now get the FordPass Connect modem fitted as standard which improves vehicle productivity by providing real-time vehicle health data through FORDLiive to keep dealers up to date with the health status of the van. This ensures that any scheduled or unscheduled work can be carried out quickly, reducing the amount of time the van spends off the road.
All upgrades to the Transit range will begin for orders in Q4 of this year.