New Ford Transit Custom revealed ahead of show debut
Available in short and long wheelbase lengths from launch, the Transit Custom can accommodate three Euro pallets thanks to a redesigned bulkhead that also features a hatch in the bulkhead allowing lengths of up to three metres to be carried inside the vehicle. The new one-tonne platform Transit range will offer payloads from 600-1,400kg, and will go on sale in all markets later this year (excluding North America).
Power comes from the current range of Stage V 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engines, with power outputs of 98hp, 123hp and 152hp. Transit Custom models will also get Auto-Start-Stop as standard.
The outside of the Transit has been completely redesigned, and now incorporates a number of familiar Ford design elements, including the trapezoidal front grille found on the current Fiesta and Focus passenger cars. The positioning of the side indicator has also been moved to the inside of the wing mirror to protect it from damage.
On the inside, the cab has been redesigned to focus on the needs of the driver, with closer positioning of the steering wheel and gearstick, improved storage compartments, 30mm increased seat travel and, for the first time on a Transit, an adjustable steering wheel.
Ford is currently in the process of overhauling its entire commercial vehicle range by 2014, and will unveil larger and higher payload Transits, with rear-wheel-drive options, later in 2012 as part of the next phase of the replacement process.
The 19 April issue of Commercial Motor features an exclusive interview with the man behind the new Transit, Ford of Europe chief designer, Paul Campbell.