Usually, this 2006 – 2014 model is referred to as the Ford Transit Mk7. It was merely a serious update of the Transit’s third (platform) generation, as introduced in 2000. From that year onwards, Ford’s legendary light commercial vehicle has been offered with a FWD or RWD layout.
This is a FWD Transit single cab panel van with a low roof and short wheelbase (2,933 mm/115.5”). It’s powered by a common rail injected, 2.2 liter turbocharged and intercooled diesel engine. The four banger’s maximum power output is 140 DIN-hp. With its six-speed manual transmission, the very blue van is perfectly capable of going with the flow.
Setting the Ford Transit Connect aside, this was the smallest Transit van one could buy. A direct competitor would be the contemporary Volkswagen Transporter T5.
Ford rates the van at a maximum GVM of 2,600 kg (5,732 lbs), hence the number 260 in the model designation. Given its curb weight of 1,645 kg (3,627 lbs), the payload capacity is 955 kg (2,105 lbs). If necessary, it can also pull a trailer up to 2,000 kg (4,409 lbs).
A new dashboard, revised powertrains, a grille treatment and bigger, vertical headlamp units were all part of the 2006 refresh. The evolution from the Mk6 into the Mk7, in other words.
In September 2006, Ford unveiled the AWD Transit Mk7. AWD panel vans will always be a niche product…
…unlike RWD chassis-cabs. Pictured a dually. The most powerful Transit of the series had a 200 DIN-hp, 3.2 liter TDCi engine (an inline-five); quite brutal in this segment, certainly in those days.
The head honcho of the whole Mk7-range was the Ford Transit T460 Jumbo 3.2 TDCi. The Jumbo was the largest panel van, either with a single or double cab. Some dimensions: wheelbase 3,750 mm (147.6”), overall length 6,403 mm (252.1”), overall height 2,624 mm (103.3”). More pictures of this jumbo-sized van in the sales ad.
The complete lineup of the current Transits, from left to right: the small Transit Courier, the compact Transit Connect, the mid-size Transit Custom and the full-size Transit. Not all of them went through a global transition yet, but the Transit name is here to stay. All over the world, for years to come.