The updated Ford Transit Custom van has a fuel-saving ECOnetic variant, which delivers 148 g/km CO2 emissions and 49.6 mpg, which is a six per cent improvement over the van's most efficient current vehicle.
This comes before 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.
Available for the 300 Series short wheelbase van, the ECOnetic variant features the 105 PS engine and Auto-Stop-Start, low rolling resistance tyres, Ford’s Acceleration Control feature, and a fixed 100 km/h (62 mph) speed limiter.
The updated Transit Custom has a new front-end design with three-bar Transit grille, a new cabin and SYNC 3 or MyFord Dock connectivity options. Further technologies introduced to commercial vehicles for the first time include Intelligent Speed Limiter.
The new Transit Custom range is powered by Ford EcoBlue diesel engine and comes in a choice of 105 PS, 130 PS and 170 PS power ratings. The advanced new engine delivers significant cost of ownership and performance benefits compared to the previous 2.2-litre diesel, with fuel-efficiency improved by up to 13 per cent and low-end torque enhanced by 20 per cent.
The new Transit Custom vehicle 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 1450 kg, and bodystyles including van, kombi and double-cab-in-van.
New Transit Custom starts production in late 2017 for customer delivery from early 2018; zero-emission capable Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) derivative to launch in 2019