FORD has unveiled the all-new Transit Courier, a compact and all-new entry point to the Transit van range.

Sitting beneath the Transit Connect, the Courier is based on the Fiesta platform to create a van suitable for local deliveries and lighter payloads.

Its maximum cargo volume is 2.3 cubic metres, although this figure reflects the maximum volume of air rather than maximum volume or size of items that can be carried.

It is 4.16 metres long and has a full bulkhead as standard to keep the driver safe and the cargo out of sight, although it can be glazed or unglazed according to need.

The load bay is 1.62 metres long, which with an optional folding mesh bulkhead in place of the standard item can be upped to 2.59 metres.

There are six cargo tie-down points in the cargo area, with four mounted on the side walls to minimise obstructions on the floor. Also on the side are pre-installed fixing points for racking or framework.

LED lighting can be added as an option to give super-bright illumination to the load space and ensure that no tool or part is ever lost.

The Transit Courier can carry an impressive 660kg courtesy of one of three engines; 74bhp 1.4-litre and 94bhp 1.6-litre diesels, and the multi-award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost turbocharged petrol equipped with 99bhp.

Among the technology that will be available in the Courier is a voice-activated in-car connectivity system, Ford SYNC connectivity with Emergency Assistance, a rear-view camera, standard Easy Fuel misfuel-prevention system and a speed limiter.

The Transit Courier was unveiled to the world at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham. Prices are expected to be confirmed in the coming weeks.