DON’T miss the Ford stand at the CV Show (Apr 24-26), where you will be able to see firsthand the upgrades to the updated Ford Transit Custom.
These centre around a freshened appearance, a more integrated interior, a better MPG engine, but nothing to affect the van’s brilliant carrying capacity.
So what’s going on with the Ford Transit Custom? For a start the UK’s best-selling panel van gets a new nose, similar to the Ford Fiesta, while its new cabin features harder wearing materials.
There’s also 25-litres of stowage space in the dashboard, and two-litre bottle holders for drivers and passengers to keep hydrated.
Other changes include Ford’s Sync 3 connectivity system including wi-fi.
There’s also a new Econetic variant to the range, powered by a 2.0-litre Ecoblue engine built at the Ford’s Dagenham plant. The new model produces 104bhp and 148g/km of CO2 emissions, and comes with auto stop-start, low rolling resistance tyres and a 62mph speed limiter.
Fuel economy is 49.6mpg on the combined cycle, a 6% improvement over the most efficient version of the current model.
Click the link to read our review of the new Ford Transit Custom.
New engine for Transit Connect
The Ford stand is not just about the Customer.
The Ford Transit Connect benefits from the latest Ford engine technology, too.
It’s not a 2.0-litre diesel this time, but a new 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel engine that meets latest Euro 6 emission standards, as well as offering reduced fuel consumption.
Transit Connect is also available with an updated version of the 1.0-litre petrol EcoBoost engine, including cylinder deactivation for further reductions in emissions and running costs. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard with an eight-speed automatic available as an option.
Ford Transit Courier gets engine upgrades
Not to be forgotten, the Transit Courier also benefits from the latest Ford engine tech.
It can be specified with a 1.5-litre TDCi diesel or 1.0-litre petrol EcoBoost engine. Both can be ordered with a six-speed manual transmission as standard.
Diesel models are also specified as standard with an efficiency pack which features optimised aerodynamics.
Available in van and combi bodystyles, the Transit Courier has a payload ranging from 500 to 590kg and load volumes of up to 2.4 cubic metres.