One of the favourites of the ‘white van man’, the Ford Transit is due to receive a facelift, as shown by this set of spy images. Changes to the exterior are subtle, and are limited to a revised grille with new slats, and is joined by fog lights along the lower edges of the front.

The meat of the updates are expected under the skin – our spy photographers have it from their sources that the facelifted Transit could include a version of the 3.5 litre EcoBoost V6 petrol turbo engine, and mated to a 10-speed automatic for the 2019 model year. In the Raptor F-150, the powerplant produces 450 hp and 691 Nm of torque.

Thus specified, the EcoBoost mill would also either succeed or complement the current 3.7 litre Ti-VCT V6 in the US-market 2017 Ford Transit, in which the engine produces 275 hp and 353 Nm of torque, sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.

Closer to home, the Ford Transit that arrived in Malaysia in 2016 is powered by the proven 2.2 litre Duratorq diesel engine which produces 155 PS and 385 Nm of torque, sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. A utilitarian model such as the Transit will have a variety of powertrain options, though exact details have yet to be confirmed; it could carry over the existing 3.2 litre five-cylinder diesel as well.

Equipment-wise, the revised Ford Transit has yet to have a confirmed list, though it should build upon the preceding model’s dual front airbags, ABS, ESP, hill launch assist, emergency brake assist, rollover mitigation, front and rear parking sensors, three-point seatbelts for all seats and Isofix child seat anchors. Models in other markets also gain curtain airbags.

GALLERY: 2016 Ford Transit window van