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Load lugging Ford Transit Custom goes under the knife


A week after unveiling the passenger focused Tourneo Custom, Ford has taken the covers off the facelifted Transit Connect van due to go on sale in Europe next year.

To be offered in a choice of two wheelbase and roof configurations, the Transit takes after its MPV sibling aesthetically with styling borrowed the new Fiesta, made up of a model exclusive three bar grille, redesigned headlights and a bespoke bodykit with twin racing stripes in the case of the range topping Sport.

Like the Tourneo, the biggest changes are reserved for the interior, again inspired by that of the Fiesta, with a completely redesigned dashboard, new steering wheel, freestanding eight-inch touchscreen display with SYNC 3 connectivity on high spec models incorporating satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, fold-out cupholders, USB and Aux inputs, upgraded materials, deeper door pockets and up to 25-litres more storage space than before.

Depending on the model, new driver assistance tech consists of Traffic Sign Recognition, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Assist, Automated Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Side Wind Stabilisation, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keeping Assist.

Up front, the Transit will follow the Tourneo in dropping the current 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi engine for the new 2.0-litre EcoBlue unit with outputs of 77 kW, 96 kW and 125 kW in the case of the Sport.

The former will also spawn an efficient ECOnetic model earmarked for European markets only, with differences consisting of automatic start/stop, low rolling resistance tyres, a limited top speed of 100 km/h and Acceleration Control Ford claims drops the combined fuel consumption by six percent to a mere 5.6 L/100 km. A plug-in hybrid will meanwhile became available in 2019.

Transmissions will comprise of a six-speed manual as standard fitment across the range, or an optional six-speed SelectShift automatic on some models.

Ford South Africa is yet to confirm local availability and pricing.

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