Those planning to buy a new Transit cargo van have to make up their mind: purchase the van now or wait a little and go for the new 2016 model.
Ford just announced the changes for the 2016 Transit cargo vans:
- The all-new Ford SYNC 3 infotainment system is a complete upgrade from the SYNC 2 system, with better menu browsing, voice recognition, a smartphone-like main menu and easier-to-understand graphical interface.
- More standard equipment includes a backup camera for easier parking and trailer hitch assist technology that automatically kicks in when the vehicle is shifted into reverse. The screen helps drivers to line up the hitch with the trailer.
- Dual sliding side cargo doors will be available on Ford Transit medium- and high-roof vans.
- Four new paint colors are introduced: Shadow Black, Caribou, Magnetic and Race Red.
- Heavy-duty alternators are optional on wagons.
- The USB jack moves above the cupholder in the center console.
- Optional auxiliary fuse panels.
- An AGM battery is optional on all gas engines. For drivers that need to power more equipment.
- Standard front dome lamps with map lights and theater dimming.
No major improvements, except the move to the SYNC3 information system. Next year’s model may have a better resale value, if you plan to hold the vehicle only for a few years, but likely at a cost, though retail prices haven’t been set yet.
The on-line configurator will be available starting August 11th, 2015 and the 2016 Ford Transit cargo vans will arrive at the dealership in September 2015.