Ford Updates Transit Custom With Sharper Looks, More Tech And New Frugal Variant

Following the introduction of the updated Tourneo Custom, Ford has released the first information on the van version, the new Transit Custom.

The exterior revisions are the same with the ones first seen on the Tourneo Custom, meaning a new front-end design with an exclusive three-bar grille for the Transit Custom. The new headlights can now be optioned with LED DRLs and Xenon lamps in higher trim levels.

This brings it in line with Ford’s latest passenger cars, but the biggest update comes from inside, as the cabin is now completely new. The company’s latest interior philosophy, kicked off with the latest Fiesta, is applied at features like the instrument binnacle and the floating touchscreen for the infotainment system – but there’s more.

Ford says that the new interior design now offers 25 lt of interior stowage in the instrument panel alone, with three open bins on its upper surface. The materials are described as attractive and hard-wearing, which is what you want from your one-tonne commercial vehicle, while the completely redesigned door panels add more storage options and a new grab handle.

The new Ford Transit Custom will continue using the company’s state-of-the-art EcoBlue diesel unit, which is offered in 105, 130 and 170 PS versions, improving the fuel efficiency by 13 percent and low-end torque by 20 percent.

The most frugal option of the range will be the new Econetic version, which emits 148gr/km of CO2 and returns an average of 49.6mpg UK (5.7lt/100km). The uniquely calibrated 105 PS diesel unit, the Auto-Stop-Start function, a set of low-resistance tires, Ford’s Acceleration Control feature and a top speed limited to 62 mph (100 km/h) are responsible for the efficiency gains.

There is also a range of driver assistance systems, including features like Traffic Sign Recognition, Cross Traffic Alert, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Adaptive Cruise Control among others.

The range-topping 170 PS Sport series model is also getting a redesigned for the new model body kit, which includes twin bonnet stripes and an interior finished in partial leather and embossed fabric inserts.


  • rover10

    Wow! This is a brilliant update with an exterior and exterior as good a any car in the Ford range. Obviously, the Custom will from now on appeal to a greater field of customers, than just the traditional commercial ones? Though the bread and butter variants will continue to serve the ‘jobbers’ markets, there is now greater flexibility into other fringe market opportunities. The up graded Tourneo will cater for the hotel shuttle business, and could also be adopted as a prime personal family vehicle? VW have enjoyed a cross over market with the T5 series for years. Many people prefer the command seating position, plus the additional space over anything the car market can offer. Ford are onto a winner with this refresh, as it gives the exterior a more sporty stance, both front and rear. One other major gain will be the motorhome converters, who generally depend on stripe schemes to make the base vehicle look less utilitarian. From now on, the New Transit Custom will make life a lot easier for them, by offering more car like exterior and interior attributes.

    • AZCornhusker*

      You’re assessment is on point. I was thinking exactly the same thing. This is not an incremental improvement, but rather a massive one. The interior – particularly the new Ford dashboard design language – is markedly better by any metric. This will sell like hotcakes in the States and Europe.

  • Karl

    Very nice update Ford! I think Ford should bring this van to the States to go along with the Transit. Mercedes sell a similar size Metris in the U.S. Come on Ford bring it to America.

    • p00pman

      yes, in a diesel manual!!!! I would buy tomorrow. I wish Mercedes offered theirs in a manual diesel in the US too (like they do in the rest of the world)! how fun would that be with the rwd?!
      I think the US is the only place that Mercedes sells the metris/vito/v-class with a 2.0t gas, which would be fine if it liked to be tuned, but it’s a pretty weak engine…

  • Spurious Squirrel

    It still rides on leaf springs on the rear though…I hate the floaty bouncy ride this gives, which gets a bit twitchy at speed. Yes it’s more expensive but the VW Transporter is a class above in driving manners

  • Jason R.

    These vans are a blast to drive I’ve had them as rentals and now I definitely ask for them!

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