2014 FORD TRANSIT CUSTOM AUSTRALIA
Ford’s new one-tonne ‘VN’ Transit Custom - “the most stylish Transit ever” - has touched down in Australia, launching in short 290S and long 330L form.
Each version of the custom is available in one trim grade only, with the 290S priced at $37,490 and the 330L at $39,490.
The 290S is available this month, while the 330L will hit showrooms in June. Both models are sourced from Ford’s Kocaeli plant in Turkey.
Ford is also throwing a launch deal into the bargain, matching the Transit Custom with a five-year / 200,000km warranty - two years and 100,000km greater than the company’s regular warranty.
The myFord Capped Price Servicing program will also apply for the Custom, along with Vancare Roadside Assistance.
“We are signaling to customers that the all-new Transit Custom presents a very compelling reason to buy,” Ford Australia's Graeme Whickman said.
“Not only is the Transit well priced, but it has high levels of safety, practicality and driver appeal.”
The smaller Custom model arrives as "a new kind of Transit", promising a car-like interior and driving experience, but with class-competitive capacity and power.
Powertrains & Dimensions
Power in both the 290S and 330L is provided by Ford’s 92kW/350Nm 2.2 litre TDCi four-cylinder diesel engine, sending power to the front wheels.
The diesel engine’s max power is available at 3500rpm, while max torque is found between 1450-2000rpm.
Mated to a six-speed manual in both, combined-cycle fuel consumption is rated at 7.1 l/100km for the 290S and 7.3 l/100km for the 330L.
The 290S boasts a maximum rear space of 5.95m3 and a load length of 2555mm, while the longer 330L offers a more capacious 6.83m3 and 2922mm capacity.
The Custom's features include an integrated roof-rack system and a load-through hatch in the bulkhead for extra long loads.
The cabin boasts new stowage options for bottles, phones and documents, and Ford's SYNC infotainment system is also on-board.
Safety features include hill launch assist, cuise control and adjustable speed limiting.
There’s also dynamic stability control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution and emegency brake assist.
Trailer sway control is also standard, along with roll-over mitigation, load adaptive control and torque vectoring.
The Transit Custom is also the first Transit to use ultra-high strength boron steel in its construction.
Wider Transit Range
Ford's new Transit range will grow further this year, with the larger rear-wheel-drive Transit due in the second quarter.
Internationally, buyers of the bigger Transit model will get a choice of roof heights, single and double-cab options, and the availability of a 12-seater bus model.
Australian details, of course, are still to be confirmed. Stay tuned to TMR.
Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
The Transit 290S will be available from February and the 330L will be available from June, 2014.
- 290S Custom - FWD manual - 2.2-litre TDCi - $37,490
- 330L Custom - FWD manual - 2.2-litre TDCi - $39,490