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New models added to Fords Transit and Tourneo range.

04.02.2015

At the end of January Ford South Africa announced that it will be adding three new models to its Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom line-ups. These new additions come in the wake of customer demands for a high-powered, more luxurious version of its popular model.

On the commercial vehicle front Ford has added a second row of seats and space for up to six people, in combination with a dedicated panel van-style load area at the rear of the Transit Custom Kombi Van. This will in no doubt benefit clients within the business and fleet services industry. The Kombi Van is available in LWB Ambiente and SWB Trend guises.

The specification of this model matches that of the existing Ambiente Panel Van, and includes a driver’s airbag as standard, along with ABS, EBD, EBA and Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) – the latter incorporating Hill Launch Assist, Load Adaptive Control and Roll-Over Mitigation. Trailer Sway Control is activated with the fitment of a Ford-approved towbar. A Bluetooth-enabled radio/CD is fitted as standard, and includes steering wheel audio controls and USB/Aux connections. The Transit Custom Kombi Van retails at R385 000.

Headlining the expanded Transit Custom line-up is the new Kombi Van Trend SWB which retails for R397 000, and uses the same engine, a 92kW and 350Nm version of the 2.2 Duratorq TDCi, along with a six-speed manual transmission. In Trend specification it closely mirrors the equivalent Tourneo Custom derivative, but runs on 16-inch steel wheels in line with its commercial orientation.

Compared to the entry-level Ambiente, it offers further functionality with the inclusion of dual side loading doors and running boards for easier access to the 3,47 cubic metre load space.

So you don’t need a panel van, you rather prefer a faster more comfortable people mover with all the bells and whistles? Well, Ford has you covered there as well. The upmarket Tourneo Custom Limited is for customers interested in a high-specification, high-powered model similar to the Transit Custom Sport van.

On the outside, the Limited can be differentiated externally by means of the full colour coding for the front and rear bumpers, door handles, mirrors and body side cladding. In the interests of driving convenience, it also gains power folding exterior mirrors, automatic headlamps with auto-dim front beams, as well as rain-sensing windscreen wipers. An electrochromatic rear view mirror with integrated camera display is included, linked to parking sensors front and rear, as well as Trailer Hitch Assist functionality.

The sophisticated interior ambience is reinforced by the fitment of leather seats as standard. The driver’s seat includes full eight-way adjustment while the front passenger seat benefits from lumbar support as well. Side rear window blinds add a further measure of privacy and comfort, bolstered by the standard rear air-conditioning system.

The new Tourneo Custom Limited, priced at R485 000, is only available in short-wheelbase and tops the expanded five-model line-up which includes the existing Ambiente and Trend versions of the Tourneo Custom – both of which are available in a choice of SWB and LWB body styles.

One of the main differentiating features of the new Tourneo Custom Limited is the more powerful version of the 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi engine. In high power form, this unit delivers 114kW of power at 3 500rpm along with 385Nm of torque at 1 600rpm.

Despite the additional performance, linked to the standard six-speed manual transmission it boasts the same fuel economy and emissions rating as the lower powered derivatives. Ford claim that in the combined cycle it this new engine will uses just 6.5 l/100km.

Article written by Autodealer
04.02.2015
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