Ford Transit - 1986–1991 & 1991–1994 Minor Facelift (VE6 & VE64 After Facelift)

1986–1991 & 1991–1994 Minor Facelift (VE6 & VE64 After Facelift)

Fourth generation

Ford Transit
Production 1986-1994
Model years 1987-1994
Assembly Genk, Belgium
Southampton, UK (1972−present)
Amsterdam, Netherlands (1975–1981)
Kocaeli, Turkey (Ford Otosan, 1976−present)
Body style 3/4-door van
2-door pickup
4-door minibus
4-door crew cab
2-door chassis cab
Layout FR layout
Engine 2.9L V6
3.0L V6
UK "Mark 3" and "Mark 4" after facelift; Germany "Fourth generation"

The second generation Transit platform appeared in January 1986 and was notable for its all-new bodyshell which was of "one-box" design (i.e. the windscreen and bonnet are at the same angle), and the front suspension was changed to a fully independent configuration on SWB versions. The engine range was carried over largely unchanged from the last of the 1978-85 generation models, although in 1989 the high-performance 3.0 V6 petrol was replaced by the Cologne 2.9 EFI V6. A subtle facelift in 1992 saw the fully independent front suspension adopted across the range, whilst a redesigned floor plan allowed the use of single, rather than paired, rear wheels on the LWB derivative, further increasing payload—these models are identifiable by the slightly more rounded front headlamps.

This generation of Transit was used by Jeremy Clarkson in Top Gear's Man With Van Challenge, finishing second (vs a tiny Suzuki Super Carry and huge LDV Convoy). This involved buying a van for under £1000, and several tests representing (stereo)typical van use: a quarter-mile drag race (cross-city speed); loading, carrying, and disgorging a load of furniture (space, access); tailgating (visibility, control); replacing a "damaged" door (maintenance); a police chase (handling), etc. The Transit upheld its reputation for agility by performing particularly well in the final chase, "resisting arrest" much longer than the slow LDV and unstable Suzuki, which overturned at the first curve.

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... Fourth generation Ford Transit Production 1986–1994 Model years 1987–1994 Assembly Genk, Belgium Southampton, UK (1972−present) Amsterdam, Netherlands (1975–1981) Kocaeli, Turkey (Ford Otosan, 1976−present) Body style 3/4-door van 2-door pickup 4-door minibus 4-door crew cab 2-door chassis cab Layout FR layout Engine 2.9L V6 3.0L V6 UK "Mark 3" and "Mark 4" after facelift Germany "Fourth generation" The second generation Transit platform appeared in January 1986 and was notable for its all-new bodyshell which was of "one-box" design (i.e ... the windscreen and bonnet are at the same angle), and the front suspension was changed to a fully independent configuration on SWB versions ...

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