Ford develops new grocery delivery vehicle

Aimed at grocery delivery and other markets, Ford has announced plans to sell a Transit skeletal chassis cab that has a low-height platform. The chassis height is 100mm lower than the standard FWD cab model, and is 200kg lighter.

“The new Transit skeletal chassis opens up exciting new opportunities for grocery delivery vehicles and other low-floor body conversions where ease of access is paramount,” said Hans Schep, general manager, commercial vehicles at Ford of Europe.

The new Ford chassis is based on a front wheel drive Transit chassis and has an open backed cab design supporting easy walk through from cab to load space at the rear.

Customers can specify a choice of three different wheelbase lengths. It uses Ford’s 2.0‑litre EcoBlue diesel engine in 130 PS or 170 PS outputs. There is a standard six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission for urban delivery applications.