I worked with the Ford Marketing Group for nearly a year back in 2016 trying to get the Crew Van package brought over from the Econoline series where you could get the 3 passenger full width behind the front passenger area in the cargo van. They even let a upfitter offer one that used some cheap aftermarket seats but nothing like the original Crew Van package that Ford previously offered using matching seat material.
All along there have been Transit forum members make their own version of the Crew Van package by adding a 2 or 3 passenger seat from the Transit wagon (passenger van) that has the matching seat material in most cases. By installing the floor rails from the wagon, you can have a removable seat that can be used when needed and placed in any position you desire. I have sold seats for every setup from a single Transit seat to the more common 2 passenger 36" seat. Then some have went with the 31" seat from the 12 passenger wagon to have more aisle room. Going with the 3 passenger seat, you have the option to go with the 54" seat or the full width 62" seat that covers the whole width of the van.
One I have heard of but not seen in person is the 4 seating made from the rear seating of the 12 passenger van that uses the 2 31" seats to make another full width seat across the width of the van. Another one I saw pictures of had 2 of the 31" seats mounted back to back on the driver's side so they could install canoes on the right hand side and have seating for 6 total passengers.
So many combinations you can do with the Transit seats in a cargo van. But it is on YOU to do it, and Ford will not do any seats in the Transit without the upper roof air bags. That was their FINAL WORD to me once I kept going to them for making a Crew Van package. As a alternative to the Crew Van package, I got Ford for the 2019 model to do the 'delete seat' packages where they will delete some seats in the passenger van.
NOW....you can get the 5 passenger seating in the 130" WB (SWB) and 8 passenger seating in the 148" WB (LWB) passenger van. Another option that was made is the 14 seat passenger van where the second row seating is changed from a 3 passenger seat to a 2 passenger seat so you can stand inside the van and put a child seat in the end seat without having to stand partly outside of the van.
Those are about ALL of the situations you can do for adding seats in the Transit. Ford will do them as long as they have ROOF AIR BAGS in the seating areas, and that is done in the passenger van configuration. Going with the cargo van, it is on your own to add the seats how you want them. Some forum members and Ford have made the issue of your bodily injury insurance being in question when you add the seats in the cargo van and that may be something you discuss with your insurance carrier.
Last edited by CrewVanMan; 11-06-2018 at 08:51:AM.