Ford continues its Custom of leading the way
The Ford Transit Custom has continued more than 50 years of tradition by helping the Transit range dominate the UK van market for more than 50 years.
But it’s a success story that never stands still, with the Transit Custom entering 2018 with a bold new exterior and all-new interior.
New Transit Custom is available for order now through Foray Motor Group, with our dealerships ready to inform customers about the finer details of this exciting new model.
With Ford’s EcoBlue 2.0-litre diesel engine under the bonnet, Transit Custom brings major new features. There’s also a new ECOnetic van variant offering improved fuel efficiency and 148 g/km CO2 emissions.
In common with New Transit Connect, New Transit Custom sports the three-bar Transit grille. But behind that revised front end comes the most important change, a completely new cabin with best-in-class stowage, improved comfort and ergonomics, and easy connectivity with SYNC 3 or MyFord Dock options. Intelligent Speed Assist, appearing for the first time on a commercial vehicle, will also help drivers travel more safely.
The new Transit Custom is powered by the state-of-the-art Ford EcoBlue diesel engine with a choice of 105PS, 130PS and 170PS power outputs. The new ECOnetic variant that delivers 148 g/km CO2 emissions and returns a combined 49.6mpg, a further 6 per cent improvement over the most efficient current vehicle, and a clear sign that Ford wants to help businesses run in a cleaner, greener fashion.
Available for the 300 Series short wheelbase van, the ECOnetic variant features the 105 PS engine with a unique calibration and Auto-Stop-Start, low rolling resistance tyres, Ford’s innovative Acceleration Control feature, and a fixed 62 mph speed limiter.
The line-up includes two roof heights, two wheelbase options, a gross vehicle mass range from 2.6 to 3.4 tonnes offering payloads up to 1450kg, and bodies including van, kombi and double-cab-in-van. Innovative loadspace features such as the load-through hatch in the bulkhead for extra-long items, and the integrated roof rack that can be folded away when not in use continue as options..
The interior is completely new, with instruments based on Ford’s new interior design philosophy pioneered on the all-new Fiesta. The user-centric layout is influenced by the use of smart devices and tablets. Interior stowage, with up to 25 litres of space offered in the instrument panel alone, includes three open bins on its upper surface with space for clipboards or mobile devices, and generous glove box stowage capable of storing hanging A4 files in the lower closed compartment. Further new practical features include a fold-out cup holder beneath the gear lever, adding to the cup holders and 2-litre bottle holders at each end of the instrument panel.
The eight-inch colour touchscreen with Ford’s SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system can be operated with pinch and swipe gestures. SYNC 3 enables drivers to control audio, navigation and connected smartphones using simple, conversational voice commands. By pushing a button and saying “I need fuel”, “I need a coffee”, or “find an address”, drivers can locate nearby fuel stations, cafés, or the location of their next job. The system is also compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™.
For vehicles not equipped with eight-inch or four-inch displays, the MyFord Dock in the centre of the instrument panel provides the ideal location for drivers to mount, store and charge their smartphone, MP3 player or satellite navigation system. USB and 12-volt power sockets are located in the upper stowage bin in front of the driver, and alongside the gear lever, for easy device charging.
New seat designs feature revised foam padding and geometry for optimised support, while trim materials have been completely renewed throughout the cabin, with a focus on outstanding quality, durability and appearance.
The new Transit Custom introduces a range of advanced new driver assistance features that share technologies found on Ford’s latest passenger cars, and utilise sophisticated sensors, radars and cameras to provide information about the driving environment around the vehicle.
The latest specification also introduces a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission – already chosen by 11 per cent of Transit Custom customers – and a unique-to-segment rear air suspension system on Kombi M1 models that delivers a supple, controlled and level ride across a wide range of load conditions.
The new Transit Custom range is headed by the dynamic 170PS Sport series, available in a wide choice of eight different body and seating options including van, kombi and double-cab-in-van models in both short and long wheelbase versions.
The Sport’s signature twin bonnet stripes and exterior body kit have been redesigned for the new model, including distinctive new two-tone stripes in black with orange or silver accents, and comes with 17-inch alloy wheels. The sporting style continues inside the cabin with partial leather Ebony interior trim that combines striking new embossed fabric inserts and leather bolsters.