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Ford reveals new Transit Custom editions

New eye-catching variants of the Ford Transit Custom van have been unveiled.

Providing 'stylish and functional' transportation for independent businesses as well as those who want to stand out from the crowd, the new Transit Custom Colour Edition van offers four colour schemes that feature contrasting roof, mirror caps, skid plate and side stripes, along with unique black 17‑inch alloy wheels.

Available for delivery in spring 2017, the Custom Colour Edition is limited to just 400 units for the UK. Inspired by the bold contrasting colours of Ford’s passenger cars like the Fiesta and Focus Red and Black Editions, the new model can be specified in Race Red, Deep Impact Blue and Frozen White with Jet Black contrasts, and Shadow Black with Race Red contrasts.

All of the Custom Colour Editions have a short-wheelbase, standard roof van bodystyle, and are based on the 290 Trend series model which is powered by an all-new 170PS 2.0-litre Ford EcoBlue diesel engine with 6-speed manual transmission. It also features the enhanced chassis settings borrowed from the Sport series van.

The Transit Custom Sport series van with its signature twin bonnet stripes is now available in a much wider choice of bodystyles, with Ford responding to customer demand for a wider choice of body and seating options. It's now available in six different variants.

As before, the range-topping Sport series features a muscular body kit and a fully colour-coded exterior, with body-colour bumpers, side mirrors and door handles, along with body-side mouldings - and wheelarch extensions that have been redesigned for the latest model. The bold appearance is finished off with new 17-inch alloy wheels in a two-tone silver and black design – with optional silver 18-inch alloy wheels – and twin bonnet stripes in a contrasting colour.

The sporting style also features partial leather interior trim combining 'Pewter' seat fabric with charcoal black leather bolsters, including second or third seat rows where fitted, and the latest interior technologies such as the Ford SYNC connectivity package.

The standard powertrain combines the 170PS Ford EcoBlue diesel engine with a 6-speed manual, but customers can also specify the new 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission option on three of the Sport series variants.

All Sport models are based on the 290 series Transit Custom, with driving dynamics further optimised, says Ford with a 'unique chassis specification delivering enhanced steering, handling and ride, and a more responsive and agile feel'.

Compared to a standard vehicle, roll control is improved by a thicker front anti-roll bar and the addition of a rear anti-roll bar. On the van model, this is combined with softer rear springs for increased comfort when lightly laden, along with unique damper tuning, with firmer settings on the rear. The expanded Transit Custom Sport series is available to order at the end of the year for customer delivery in spring 2017.

Ford has also made the Tourneo Custom people mover available with a Sport series option for the first time, providing a more dynamic exterior appearance and a 'stylish sports interior'. The Sport variant is based on the Tourneo Custom Titanium model, and can be specified as an 8-seat vehicle in either short or long wheelbase form with the 170PS Ford EcoBlue diesel engine.

The latest Tourneo Custom has also received new features and technologies including a new 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, a 'unique-to-segment' rear air suspension system and new 17-inch alloy wheel option.

New driver assistance technologies for both the Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom include: Pre-Collision Assist emergency braking system – the first in the segment to feature Pedestrian Detection technology and an upgraded Electronic Stability Control system that provides an enhanced suite of functions to improve vehicle stability in extreme driving situations including Side Wind Stabilisation.

“Many of our retail customers are no longer satisfied with a standard white van, and these stunning new vehicles provide the perfect solution,” said Hans Schep, general manager, Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe. “The new Transit Custom makes a really positive statement about their business, and looks great on the driveway at the weekend.”