Ford has unveiled the Transit Skyliner Concept luxury van

Article by Andrew Christian, on April 15, 2014

Ford has unveiled the Transit Skyliner Concept luxury van, which it considers as the future of ultra-premium land transportation. The Transit Skyliner boasts of a roomy cabin that can be transformed to become a mini-theater, a business meeting room, a reception booth or an ultimate comfort travel van.

Transit Skyliner builds on the heritage of custom vans, showing how Ford Transit can morph to suit fit the needs of customers. It can be transformed into four modes – theater, business, reception and travel – thanks to its movable custom-designed “throne” seats that can be repositioned automatically and can be controlled via a smartphone or tablet.

The theater mode features seats facing a 52-inch retractable Stewart movie screen, with reclining seats for optimal cinematic experience. In the business mode, the van’s motorized table unfolds while its seats are gathered around to enable face-to-face conversation. The reception mode allows to easy entertaining while the van is parked at an event, thanks to a sliding door that could open four feet wide.

In the travel mode, Transit Skyliner’s passengers can adjust their reclining seats and retractable footrests to pave way for ultimate comfort while on cruise. The van’s entire interior is integrated into a Crestron automation system that can be controlled via a smartphone or tablet.

The van’s entertainment system boasts of a Focal Utopia 7.2 surround sound with speakers specifically crafted for Transit Skyliner. It also features a KVH DIRECTV satellite for HD TV and a Kaleidescape media server with storage space enough to store an equivalent of over 300 Blu-ray movies.

Transit Skyliner also features a built-in bar as well as matching custom luggage to complement its distinct leather-trimmed seats. As for its exterior, its boasts of a custom silver metallic paint scheme accented by contrasting lower trim, chrome highlights and custom Forgiato wheels.

It is powered by the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that is already available on Ford Transit. It also boasts of 487 cu. ft. cargo volume and an interior height of 81.5 inches for the long wheelbase/extended body high-roof version. The 2015 Transit will offer two wheelbases, three roof heights and three powertrains to better suit customers’ needs without having body modifications. The Transit Skyliner will be launched this summer.

“Traveling in Transit Skyliner is an experience unlike any other” says Tim Stoehr, Ford manager for commercial truck marketing. “You step into the vehicle and are immediately immersed in the custom interior and high-tech audiovisual environment. The next thing you know, you are arriving at your destination.”

“Transit Skyliner is the ultimate expression of a custom Transit,” Stoehr says. “We created the vehicle to highlight the potential of the Ford Transit platform for the limousine market and to showcase Transit as the next generation of modern, cool, fuel-efficient vans.” [source: Ford]

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