Ford takes covers off new Transit
Ford has unveiled the latest Transit – the Custom – which will come with a plug-in hybrid model.
With a fresh design that includes Ford's sharper styling ethos that was first seen on the new Fiesta, the Transit Custom is said to set 'a new standard for the one-tonne van segment'.
This new version also comes with an updated interior design, an improved range of Ford's EcoBlue diesel engines and a new variant of the ECOnetic diesel engine, which comes with improved fuel efficiency and emissions as low as 148 g/km CO2.
A plug-in hybrid model is also due to come out in 2019, with Ford starting industrial testing in London towards the end of this year.
Originally introduced in 2012, the Custom is part of the Transit's six-vehicle line-up and is the first to be redesigned to fit in with Ford's new design guidelines.
Hans Schep, Ford of Europe's general manager for commercial vehicles, said: "Transit Custom has been a runaway success since it was introduced, and this new version raises the game once more.
"We have listened carefully to our customers, and delivered a one-tonne van that is even more stylish, even more productive and packed with smart features."
The updated model also comes with a new range of driver assistance systems including traffic sign recognition, blind spot information system with cross traffic alert, and intelligent speed limiter – a first for commercial vehicles.
The Custom range will be topped by a 167bhp Sport Series model and will be available in all eight body styles that come under the Transit Custom umbrella. It will have twin bonnet sports stripes and an exterior body kit, as well as a more premium interior.
This new version of the Transit Custom is due to begin production in late 2017, with the first models being delivered in early 2018.