TTAC has learned that the Ford has delayed the new full-size Transit van until Model Year 2015. This leaves Ford without a next generation full-size van to compete against the updated Sprinter and the Fiat-based Ram Promaster.
Supplier issues were blamed for the delay, according to our source. Also affected is the upcoming Transit Connect Wagon, though the timeline for the launch is unclear. The big Transit was originally slated for a late 2013 launch, but the revised schedule dictates that production will start in March, 2014 at the earliest. Our source suggested it may be launched within a few months of the big Transit. The timing for the delay will leave Ford with a number of launches in the 2015 model year, among them the next generation F-150, Mustang, Edge and possibly the Lincoln version of the Ford Escape.
Update: Ford’s Mike Levine now says that Transit Connect will go on sale later this year while the big Transit will go on sale in Summer of 2014, while the model year hasn’t been finalized. In addition, the E-Series vans will remain on sale through 2014.