A new cabin, an efficient Econetic version and revised design mark out the major changes for Ford’s big-selling Transit Custom, which arrives on UK roads early next year.
The Econetic version of the 2.0-litre diesel engine takes emissions down to 148g/km compared to the previous best of 163g/km thanks to engine tweaks, low rolling resistance tyres, an acceleration control feature and a standard 62mph speed limiter. The Econetic will be offered in 300 series short wheelbase form, coming with the 105hp engine.
The cabin is claimed to be all-new and influenced by smart phones and tablets, and high spec models will feature Ford’s Sync3 eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
Ford claims class-leading interior storage space totalling 25 litres, including three bins on the upper surface suitable for clipboards or mobile devices.
The Transit Custom is also claimed to be the first commercial vehicle to offer an intelligent speed limiter, which uses traffic sign recognition to spot speed limits and can automatically adjust vehicle speed to stay legal, while the revised Ford will also be available with a blind spot information system including cross traffic alert, which warns the driver of vehicles coming past when reversing out of a parking space, for example.
Higher-spec vans will feature LED daytime running lights, while the new front-end brings the Custom more in line with the latest Ford passenger car look.
The engine range remains the same, with the 2.0-litre diesels of 105hp, 130hp and 170hp introduced last year, and with two roof heights, two wheelbase options, payloads of up to 1,450kg and van, kombi and double-cab-in-van alternatives.
The top-spec Sport 170hp model gets redesigned twin bonnet stripes, including new two-tone option of black with orange or silver accents, bodykit and new embossed fabric inserts and leather bolsters on the partial leather Ebony interior trim.