Ford has showcased the new Transit Custom at the 2018 CV Show with a new lower emissions engine and the promise of a hybrid version next year.
Britain’s best-selling commercial vehicle has received a new design and an all-new interior.
It builds on the success of the outgoing model, which instantly became the top-selling van in its segment. More than 200,000 Transit Custom vehicles have been sold since it was launched in 2013.
Powered by Ford’s EcoBlue 2.0-litre diesel engine, Transit Custom has been re-engineered to offer new features and capabilities including a new ECOnetic van variant delivering improved fuel efficiency and 148g/km CO2 emissions.
Customers can choose from 105PS, 130PS and 170PS power ratings.
The van provides drivers with a mobile office environment, featuring a completely new cabin that offers improved stowage, comfort and ergonomics.
The new generation Transit Custom will see the introduction of the zero-emission capable Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) derivative in 2019.
The Transit Custom PHEV has a zero-emission range exceeding 30 miles, and features a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine as a range extender. The hybrid electric van will begin trials with fleet customers in London from December this year.
Two roof heights and two wheelbase options are available with a gross vehicle mass range from 2.6 tonnes to 3.4 tonnes, offering payloads up to 1450kg, and bodystyles including van, kombi and double-cab-in-van.
A range of advanced new driver assistance features share technologies found on Ford’s latest passenger cars, and utilise sophisticated sensors, radars and cameras to provide information about the driving environment around the vehicle.
New Transit Custom is the first commercial vehicle to offer Intelligent Speed Assist, a feature that could help prevent drivers from exceeding speed limits, and potentially from incurring costly speeding penalties.
The system enables automatic adjustment of maximum vehicle speed to remain within legal limits, using the Traffic Sign Recognition system to detect speed limit signs.
Blind spot monitor with Cross Traffic Alert is newly available, alongside Lane Keeping Alert, Driver Alert, Auto High Beam, Rear View Camera, Adaptive Cruise Control and Side Wind Stabilisation.