Ford Transit Set For Electrification, GM Commercial Vans Looks Archaic In Comparison10
GM commercial vans are well on there way to being 20 years old since their last refresh in 2003, and Ford Transit series remains the top-selling commercial vans in the U.S. Ford will once again freshen the lineup this week and add electrification to further distance its lead over GM.
Ford Authority reported Wednesday a production version of the Ford Transit Connect PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) will bow at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Germany this week. The Transit Connect PHEV will bring electrification to the commercial fleet for the first time in production form.
Unlike GM commercial vans, the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana, Ford ported the European design to the United States when it discontinued the E-Series commercial vans years ago. The Transit lineup’s PHEV variant will offer 31 miles of electric range and a 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder engine sits onboard as a range extender. In total, the powertrain returns more than 310 miles of range.
Aside from the Transit PHEV, the regular Transit line will also see updates. A segment-first 48-volt mild-hybrid system will be included for vans equipped with a manual transmission and will launch in mid-2019. In general, the entire Transit line will receive a new front-end design, reworked interior and greater stowing capacity.
To underscore just how old the GM commercial vans are in comparison, the current Express and Savana were introduced in 1995. The vans underwent a refresh in 2003 with minimal updates since then. Most recently, GM replaced the 6.6-liter Duramax LGH engine with the much newer 2.8L Duramax LWN diesel engine. Sourced have also told GM Authority the current vans could live on until 2023, or perhaps 2025 if deemed necessary.
Despite their old bones, the Express and Savana still manage to sell. Last year, GM sold nearly 100,000 commercial vans. In comparison, Ford sold nearly 130,000 Transit vans in 2017.
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The GM commercial vans still sell.
As usual, they lag behind their competitors…
Some Chevy design engineers are stuck in the 1980s while some have to guts to take the design of a CUV forward, Chevrolet should give the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana to the designer or design team who worked on the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer CUV and one could expect magic.
Honestly, just refresh the front/rear to match the current Chevy “faces” and also new engines it should do fine.
I agree an updated headlight and taillight design plus a new dash and they’re good to go.
Gm’s Full size BEV Van will come.
They are mostly work vans, so nobody cares what they look like, it’s about being well built and economical. Can’t beat electrified for economy. Period. Transits suffer on quality so opportunity knocks.
BEV Electric Drivetrain and Hydrogen fuel Drivetrains.
Capacity, utility and reliability sells these vans. The main buyers don’t care what they look like.
They should just slap a new front end on them a new tail lights. New drivetrain and dash like they have been doing and call it good. who cares about the sides