10 October 2023

New generation of Ford's Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom

Ford has regenerated its Transit Custom van and the Tourneo passenger version with updated styling and new powertrain options, writes Brian Byrne.

The vehicles are on a new and lighter platform which allows better load carrying and more powertrains. The wheelbase can be up to 200mm longer than the previous generation, depending on version chosen. 

There's also a strong emphasis on making the driver more comfortable and efficient. There's a more car-like driving position, while the flat cabin floor along with the electronic handbrake and 'squircle'-shaped steering wheel help cross-cab access. There's a column-mounted gear shifter on models with automatic transmission.

Powertrains will include the latest generation of Ford EcoBlue diesel engines from 110hp-170hp power outputs. The new Plug-In Hybrid offers a combined power output of 232hp, with pure-electric driving range of up to 56km. It is similar to that used by the Ford Kuga Plug-In Hybrid. An all-electric version will be available to order soon for summer 2024 delivery.

A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, with the option of a new high-efficiency eight-speed automatic gearbox. A new all-wheel drive system can be specified on Transit Custom for the first time. 

The Tourneo Custom variant now offers up to nine seats.