Hi, I'm new here. I just found this forum when searching for info on the Transit vans. I have spent a lot of time on the Ford site building the vans so I think I have a feel for what they are offering. What I didn't know was that it is brand new and not out yet! That explains why no dealers have them listed..
From what I learned, none of the models have a sliding passenger side door. We who come from minivan land, need them for many things, not the least of which is AIR CIRCULATION. Having that cross-ventilation is really important for cooling it down quickly in warm weather till the air can do it's job. Plus when I am shopping, I just open that door and put my bags in there without having to go to the rear or opposite side. Never really understood why full-size vans insist on NOT having that door.
As far as air circulation, the only options are windows all around in the van version with 2nd and or 4th row "tilt-out" windows. Love to see what those look like - I doubt they would do much to cool the van fast, but it may be better than nothing...They have these tilt-open windows as an option on the wagon also.
Another interesting thing I noted from the specs was that you can get a full height (5' 7.6") interior height if you get the WAGON with the LOW roof option. But if you get the VAN, you must order the MEDIUM roof option get get enough room to stand up (6'). This is the reason I want a Transit - I need something I can stand up fully in and the 5' 7.6" height is enough for me. I compared other dimensions to my Toyota Sienna Minivan and was happy to see that other than height, the external width and length are not too much more than my Sienna (which has to fit into a parking spot). The standard 130" wheelbase model is 19.9" longer than my Sienna and only 3.9" wider - just to give you an idea if you currently have a minivan.
Look forward to seeing these arrive!