Ford’s updated Transit Custom van has been uncovered in Europe bringing new styling, interior changes and a new variant aimed at maximising fuel economy.
Flexibility is the name of the game, as is characteristic for Euro vans, and the Transit Custom again delivers in this area.
Two roof heights, two wheelbases, three engine outputs, payloads up to 1450kg, three body-styles and gross vehicle masses (GVM) ranging from 2.6 to 3.4 tonnes are all available.
The sole powerplant is Ford’s 2.0 litre EcoBlue turbocharged diesel engine, but buyers can choose between 77, 96 or 125kW outputs. Ford says efficiency has improved by 13 percent, and torque has increased by up to 20 percent.
A new ECOnetic variant drives fuel usage as low as 5.7 l/100km in the least powerful engine, matched with a stop-start system, a speed limiter (100km/h maximum) and low rolling-resistant tyres.
Styling changes include a revised front end with new grille, new headlights with optional LED daytime running lights along with a new bonnet and bumper.
Inside, the Transit Custom’s heavily revised cabin includes 25 litres of storage in the three storage bins in the dash, along with improved door pockets and a mobile phone docking section.
An eight-inch touchscreen with SYNC 3 connectivity is available in some models, compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Safety options include pre-collision assist with pedestrian sensors, adaptive cruise control, rear cross traffic alert, side-wind assist and traffic sign recognition.
A Sport variant sits on top of the range, using the most powerful engine and adding bonnet stipes along with a partial leather interior.
Given Ford only just introduced the Transit Custom EcoBlue Automatic to Australia, local customers may have a while to wait before they see this updated version in Australian showrooms.
Even European customers won’t see it until next year, but the Europeans might be tempted to wait until 2019 when a new plug-in hybrid variant joins the range.
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