The Ford Tourneo Custom concept previews the future of both the Tourneo passenger vans and Transit commercial vans for Europe. As seen in this concept at the Geneva Motor Show, the newest versions of the Ford Euro-haulers adopt the company's "Kinetic" design language. The front fascia and grille, for instance, are shared with the company's new Focus, Fusion, and Escape.
Styling flourishes on the concept van include 18-inch wheels and LED running lights. Inside are two-tone leather seats that look smart, but likely aren't durable (or inexpensive) enough for real-world use in shuttling passengers. The next Transit commercial vans, which are based on the same platform as the Tourneo, will have stripped-out interiors so businesses can outfit the vans with shelves, storage units, or whatever else is needed. The Transit and Tourneo vans will be sold throughout Europe.
Ford says it won’t sell this van in the U.S., but the company will bring a larger, tougher version of the Transit commercial van to our shores. The American-market Transit, which may be called the T-Series, will be produced at Ford’s Kansas City assembly Plant in Missouri, which currently builds the F-150 pickup. Don't expect our van to look anything like the Tourneo Custom concept -- the American van will probably have tougher, bolder styling that may bear a resemblance to that of the Ford F-Series truck lineup.
Details on the new Ford Transit are scarce so far. The company has announced that the new North American model will be offered with Ford’s EcoBoost twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 engine and rear-wheel drive. That powertrain is already available in the F-150 truck with a six-speed automatic, and offers 365 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque in that application. Expect the new Transit to launch in time for the 2013 model year.
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