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New Transit Custom Launched

Ford have revealed the new look of the best-selling Transit Custom – due on our roads early in 2018 if ordered at the end of this year.

The interior of the van gets some significant changes, whilst the technology improves safety and Econetic versions sees reduced emissions. Expect to see a PHEV version as soon as 2019.

This is big news – Total European sales of the Transit Custom for 2016 were at 118,000 units – a further 15% up on the previous year’s record – with more than 50,000 of those sales in the UK alone.

The new front-end design has a three-bar Transit grille and shares the same design DNA as Ford’s latest passenger cars. The latest lighting technologies are available, with high series models featuring distinctive new LED daytime running lights and HID Xenon headlamps.

No changes to the engine lineup introduced in 2016 with a choice of 105PS, 130PS and 170PS outputs.  There is now an ECOnetic variant of the 300 Series short-wheelbase van, which comes with a 105PS engine with Auto-Stop-Start, low rolling resistance tyres, Ford’s innovative Acceleration Control feature, and a fixed 62 mph speed limiter. The ECOnetic variant delivers 148 g/km CO2 emissions and 49.6 mpg, a further six per cent improvement over the most efficient current vehicle.

The cabin interior is completely new, with an instrument panel based on Ford’s new interior design philosophy.  New cup holders, more storage, new door panels and driver displays with a new 8 inch screen and to improved seating, updating the whole of the interior of the van.

New driver assistance include the Intelligent Speed Limiter, which enables automatic adjustment of maximum vehicle speed to remain within legal limits, using the Traffic Sign Recognition system to detect speed limit signs.

With a 6-speed auto and a 170PS Sport version, Ford is likely to continue to top the van sales charts with the Transit Custom.

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