The Blue Oval has been gearing its European light commercial vehicle lineup for an apparent upgrade in the previous months. Finally, the first to be released from the American automaker is the newly facelifted Tourneo Custom van. Having an interior that can accommodate up to nine passengers, the enhanced van has been given a new face, a completely improved interior and a bit of tech enhancements. The new van focuses more on the cabin features with the American automaker targeting the executive shuffle business.
With the van's exterior, the front part will now showcase a more prominent high-mounted radiator grille with a bigger company logo, sweptback headlights with fresh graphics and integrated LED daytime running lights, and a modified bumper with fresh fog lamps. The standard versions will be further fitted with base halogen lights, and the pricier models will be given Xenon illumination.
For the Tourneo Custom's interior, there are familiar features but nevertheless, it will also offer a new vibe. The swanky dashboard will now have a tablet-like screen for the infotainment system with SYNC3 connectivity and soft-touch surfaces and eye-catching detailing paired with chrome and gloss black finishes, wholly inspired by the new Ford Fiesta.
The day by day practicality of the van has been further upgraded by the inclusion of 2 lidded compartments on the upper instrument panel, and an ample stowage bin with twin cup holders that are situated in the center console. The Blue Oval proudly claimed that the refreshed Tourneo Custom is the first ever Ford vehicle in its category to be given the Intelligent Speed Limiter tech which can implement automatic adjustment of max vehicle speed to be within the allowed speed limits.
More advanced driver assistance techs include Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection Emergency Braking System, Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert, Side Wind Stabilization, Lane Keeping Alert and Adaptive Cruise Control.
The refreshed van will continually be offered with an EcoBlue diesel engine that has 3 power stages including the 105 hp (78 kW), 130 hp (97 kW) and 170 hp (127 kW). The said engine set-up can also be paired to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox with 2 clutches. Furthermore, a rear air suspension system now in place can generate a supple, controlled and level ride between a wide range of load conditions, and will also be offered with 17 inch alloy wheels.
Besides these, the American automaker will also be offering 2 brand new range-topping trim levels, the Sport and Titanium X. The Titanium X will be fitted with leather trims, SYNC 3 with satellite navigations and rear view camera, and HID Xenon headlamps as standard whereas the Sport will come with a full exterior body kit with twin bonnet stripes and one-of-a-kind 17-inch alloy wheels and sectional leather interior trim.