Ford Transit Custom previews a new generation of one-tonne commercial vehicles

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 19, 2012

Ford’s new Transit Custom cargo van will make its debut at the European market next week at the Birmingham Commercial Vehicle show in the U.K. Earlier this year, Ford had presented the Tourneo Custom passenger van. The Transit Custom will go on sale in Europe later in 2012. This van is front-wheel drive and is built on what Ford regards to be a light-duty chassis.

The new Ford Transit that will be available in the U.S. will be rear-wheel drive and will have a tougher platform. It’s also likely to have a more aggressive styling that’s reminiscent of the F-Series truck line. Ford said that it will launch more commercial vehicles in the upcoming months. In addition, it says that by 2014, the entire commercial vehicle lineup would already have been refreshed.

Around 40% of the new Transit Custom’s body is built from high-strength steels, which is a factor in making the vehicle lighter and stronger. Because of this, Ford claims that its new van is 37% stiffer than before, improving handling and lessening the interior noise. There would be two wheelbases with the overall vehicle length at either 195.7 inches or 210.2 inches.

The smart concessions to using a cargo van starts with a pass-through in the bulkhead, permitting long pipes or ladders to be partially carried in the passenger compartment. The sliding doors of the new Ford Transit are expected to be bigger than those of its rivals.

The interior room between the fenders is wider than in other cargo vans. It will also get a folding roof rack, which can be stowed easily when not in use. It also offers more convenient cargo area tie-down hooks and floor surfaces that are easy to clean. To make the driven even more comfortable, it is equipped with a seat that could be moved farther back, a telescoping and tilting steering wheel, and the Sync voice recognition software.

The new features on the Transit include a backup camera, Lane Keeping Alert, and a device that gives a warning if the driver is getting tired. It is powered by Ford’s turbocharged 2.2-liter DuraTorq diesel inline-four engine, with 98 hp, 123 hp, and 153 hp versions available. It’s highly possible that one of these versions will be offered in the U.S.-market Ford Transit. It has already been announced that the rear-wheel-drive Ford Transit will get an EcoBoost V-6 and a diesel engine. The European model will also offer the engine stop-start as standard equipment.

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