The 2nd Generation Transit had its appearance totally modified.
The quality of ride and handling was improved by having an independent front suspension system (only on short wheelbase models). The accessibility and visibility were improved, while the engines stayed the same. However, the ‘fast’ Transit engine was replaced with a modern 2.9-litre fuel-injected Cologne unit.
Ford added options such as air-conditioning, central locking, airbags, electric windows, and electric mirrors to embrace the technology available at the time. With its improved spaciousness and comfort, the Transit was not just seen as a commercial vehicle, but as a handy and practical van for private use.
Nine years after its introduction a facelift was welcomed by Ford Transit. The update didn’t introduce any dramatic changes to its features (especially after 30 years of success). The main aim was to introduce more comfort into the Transit.
The lines between personal & commercial vehicles were beginning to blur.