New Ford Transit Custom adds performance and tech

Ford’s 2024 Transit Custom is headed down under, and will bring with it improved technology, connectivity, and dynamics. A pair of variants will be available from launch, with both short-wheelbase (SWB) and long-wheelbase (LWB) on offer.

The new Transit Custom has been designed from the ground up to deliver outstanding performance and load-carrying capability. Long renowned for its safety and driver assistance technology, it builds on this core product proposition for the new model.

Carrying the Trend moniker, the Transit Custom is priced from $55,990 for the SWB and $56,990 for the LWB, plus on-roads. Both will feature a 2.0-litre EcoBlue Diesel engine mated to an efficient eight-speed automatic transmission.

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Power outputs are 125kW and 390Nm, with a claimed combined fuel efficiency of 8.0-litres/100km. The Transit Custom offers four drive modes, including Normal, Eco, Slippery and Tow/Haul, that adjust drivetrain parameters to suit a wide range of driving conditions.

Ford engineers have worked hard on improving the useability of this new generation Transit Custom, with both a lower floor for improved ease of loading and unloading of cargo, along with an overall height under two metres to help access in height-restricted areas.

A new access step makes climbing up to the load compartment easier and assisting rear visibility is a rear camera with 180-degree wide viewing capability. A walk-through, flat-floor design makes cross-cab access easy.

Allowing a driver to enter and exit the vehicle easily from both sides is a column mounted shifter and electric parking brake. The front wheels and strut towers have also been moved further forward, resulting in improved foot space and footrests for occupants.

More technology is fitted as standard than before too, with a new 13-inch central touchscreen alongside a 12-inch partial digital instrument cluster. Sat-nav is standard, along with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Wireless phone charging and a 5G embedded modem are fitted for improved connectivity. Standard driver assistance technology includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision assist with AEB and intersection assist, and reverse brake assist.

You’ll also find exit warning, blind spot assist and rear cross traffic alert. A dashboard storage space large enough to take a laptop or A4 file features.

Lighter than the previous model, and fitted with independent rear suspension, the new Transit Custom sports improved comfort and handling. It has a maximum braked towing capacity of 2,500kg for both the SWB and LWB variants.

The new Transit Custom will feature LED load space lights, with a 1,269kg payload in the SWB, and 1,223kg available for LWB models. Using the smart load-through feature under the passenger seats, the Transit LWB has a maximum load length of 3,450mm.

3,050mm is available on the SWB model, while the LWB offers 6.8 cubic metres of cargo space, compared to 5.8 cubic metres for the short wheelbase. It will be available in Frozen White, Agate Black, Magnetic and Moondust Silver.

Australian deliveries will begin in Q2, 2024 – with more information available from your local Ford dealer. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.

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