Ford has revealed the new Transit Custom one-tonne commercial vehicle, which will be available in a new Econetic variant, delivering improved fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions of 148g/km.
The commercial vehicle also features a new front-end design with three-bar Transit grille, a new cabin that offers improved stowage, improved comfort and ergonomics, and connectivity with SYNC 3 or MyFord Dock options.
Further technologies introduced to commercial vehicles for the first time include Intelligent Speed Limiter.
The new generation Transit Custom also sets the scene for the introduction of the zero-emission capable plug-in hybrid (PHEV) derivative scheduled for 2019. The PHEV Transit Custom will begin trials with fleet customers in London later this year.
The new Transit Custom is powered by the Ford EcoBlue diesel engine, designed, engineered and built at the Dagenham Engine Plant.
It was introduced to the range during 2016 with a choice of 105PS, 130PS and 170PS power outputs, and delivers significant cost of ownership and performance benefits compared to the previous 2.2-litre diesel, with fuel-efficiency improved by up to 13% and low-end torque enhanced by 20%.
The Econetic variant, available for the 300 Series short-wheelbase van, comes with a 105PS engine with a unique calibration and auto-stop-start, low rolling resistance tyres, Ford’s acceleration control feature, and a fixed 62mph speed limiter.
The Econetic variant delivers 148g/km CO2 emissions and 49.6mpg, a further 6% improvement over the most efficient current vehicle.
The new Transit Custom line-up includes two roof heights, two wheelbase options, a gross vehicle mass range from 2.6 tonnes to 3.4 tonnes offering payloads up to 1,450kg, and bodystyles including van, kombi and double-cab-in-van.
It will be available to order later this year, and is scheduled for customer delivery in early 2018.