Geneva Motor Show 2012: Ford Tourneo (Transit)
Ford unveiled the Tourneo Custom Concept at the Geneva Motor Show last week. Whereas the people carrier will appeal to few, the big news here is that it previews the next generation Transit medium sized van. The Transit is the most well-known van in the UK, so for Ford to reveal a new version is big news for businesses.
The Transit itself will be the same basic shape and look as the Tourneo, with less fancy detailing on the more common versions. What we can see is that the new Transit is a much more daring design than anything before. We have had more car-like noses appearing as the versions have moved on, but they have always had a very square body to them. This new model has heavily contoured sides that curve upwards to the roof, with defined wheelarches. The front bears a strong resemblance to the Ford car range, with Fiesta-like swept back headlights and chrome-edged middle grille. At the rear there are large, long lights and a large rear door.
The interior is also a very close match to the Fiesta, with a stylish centre console featuring an infotainment system and lots of tech.
Like most panel vans the Tourneo Custom Concept is designed for different functions such as a people carrier with seating for eight, but when the seats are removed, it turns into a fully-fledged commercial van for carrying cargo. It features the company's SYNC voice-activated in-car connectivity system as well as state of the art driver assist systems and ECOnetic Technologies.
Ford plans to reveal the full production versions of the Transit before the end of this year, most likely at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover next September, where there will be a choice of two body styles: short and long-wheel-base.
A new 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engine with Auto-Stop-Start technology will power the new panel van. There will be three-power levels available that generate between 98 bhp and 152 bhp, all of which will be mated to a six-speed manual transmission. There will most likely be front and rear wheel drive versions offered as with the current Transit.
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