The new model will eventually feature short and long wheelbase versions with three roof heights. At launch, there will be four engines – four cylinder 1.9-litre units offering 84bhp and 147lb-ft of torque and 103bhp and 184lb-ft of torque; and five cylinder 2.5-litre units with 129bhp and 250lb-ft of torque and 173bhp and 295lb-ft of torque.
The top unit will be the most powerful van on the UK's roads at present with a top speed of 117mph. There will be no petrol engines, effectively putting paid to any hopes of alternative fuel models. Payloads will range from 1,000-1,200kgs and load volumes from 5.8-9.3 cubic metres. Gross vehicle weights will be from 2.8-3.2 tonnes.
Driver's airbag, ABS brakes and remote central locking are all standard across the range and the T5 features variable servicing intervals, depending on driving style. Options include metallic paint (£390), six CD changer (£225) and alloy wheels (£290-£800). Warranty is three years/100,000 miles.
Chassis cab and double cab versions will be available later.
A network of 85 specialist van dealers across the UK will sell the T5 and offer a variety of services such as extended opening hours, collection and delivery, loan vehicles, breakdown support and vehicle washing.
To avoid distress marketing of the old T4 model, thus affecting residual values, special versions will be available into the new year.