Ford has chosen the shortest day of the year to unveil a new high-mounted LED downlighter for the 2-tonne Ford Transit.
It is housed on the rear of the roof to illuminate a workspace behind the vehicle, allowing tradespeople to continue working long into the night. It sure beats a headtorch or a smartphone light.
It’s activated using a switch located inside the rear door, but it will switch off automatically if the battery charge is getting low. It will also turn off if the driver pulls away without turning it off.
“Our new Transit has been designed to maximise productivity for businesses, and we listened carefully to feedback from operators about the ways we could make their lives easier. The new downlighter is an example of a simple idea that helps hard-working tradespeople get the job done for their customers,” said Michael McDonagh, Transit global chief programme engineer.
The new Ford Transit goes on sale in Europe from mid-2019 and follows sales of 284,600 in 2018.
It features a range of 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engines, with four powertrains offering up to 185hp and 306lb-ft of torque. All engines meet Euro 6.2 emissions standards, with a mild hybrid version available for greater fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions.
This makes the new Transit precisely the kind of vehicle the Mayor of London is hoping to see on the streets of the capital as part of the new van scrappage scheme.
Technology includes a blind spot information system with trailer tow and cross traffic alert, active park assist, adaptive cruise control and a high-level rear-view camera. There’s also an optional 4G wifi hotspot and the ability to send real-time traffic updates straight to the navigation system.
Needless to say, the 2019 Transit will be at top of many wish lists this Christmas.