Ford has updated its Transit Custom van for 2018 with new styling as well as the launch of a 148g/km Econetic version that paves the way for a plug-in hybrid model due in 2019.
On sale at the start of next year, the facelifted Transit Custom carries over the 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine, which was introduced to the range during 2016 in 105hp, 130hp and 170hp variants with a six-speed auto option, but also adds a new Econetic short wheelbase model.
The new Econetic version is based on the entry-level diesel and introduces bespoke calibration and Auto-Stop-Start, low rolling resistance tyres, Ford’s Acceleration Control feature, and a fixed 62mph speed limiter. As a result, it delivers 148g/km CO2 emissions and official 49.6mpg fuel economy, equating to a 6% improvement over the most efficient current vehicle.
Meawhile the PHEV Transit Custom will begin trials with fleet customers in London later this year, prior to going on sale in 2019.
Other changes to the Transit Custom include a new design with a revised front-end including a three-bar grille and new signature LED daytime running lights and redesigned styling for the range-topping Sport model, as well as an upgraded cabin interior, said to bring best-in-class stowage, improved comfort and ergonomics, and easy connectivity with SYNC 3 or MyFord Dock options.
New technology and driver assistance features include an Intelligent Speed Limiter – claimed as a sector first – and Ford’s Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert while Kombi M1 models introduce a rear air suspension system on.
Customers can also specify a new Upfitter Interface Module, which allows aftermarket conversions and accessories to access data from the vehicle’s electrical systems, so that they can be operated and controlled more efficiently using real-time vehicle data.
The 2018 Transit Custom will still offer two roof heights, two wheelbase options, a gross vehicle mass range from 2.6 tonnes to 3.4 tonnes offering payloads up to 1450 kg, and bodystyles including van, kombi and double-cab-in-van.
“Transit Custom has been a runaway success since it was introduced, and this new version raises the game once more,” said Hans Schep, general manager, Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe. “We have listened carefully to our customers, and delivered a one-tonne van that is even more stylish, even more productive, and packed with smart features.”