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by Matt Campbell

Pricing and details for the all-new Ford Transit Custom van range have been revealed.

The new Ford van – which competes with the likes of the Hyundai iLoad and Toyota HiAce – will be offered in two sizes: a short-wheelbase version known as the 290S which is priced at $37,490, and a long-wheelbase version called the 330L priced at $39,490.

Powered by a 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine producing 92kW of power and 350Nm of torque, the front-wheel-drive Transit Custom is only available with a six-speed manual transmission. Fuel use for the 290S is claimed at 7.1 litres per 100 kilometres, while the 330L has a claimed usage of 7.3L/100km.

The van features dual front, front-side and curtain airbags, and scored the maximum five-star EuroNCAP crash test rating when it was tested in passenger-carrying guise in 2012. It comes with three seats across the front row, the middle of which can be folded flat to create a desk-like workspace when not in use.

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At the business end, the Transit Custom 290S boasts a load space of 5.95 cubic metres with a maximum load length of 2555mm, and the 330L has a 6.83 cubic-metre space capable of carrying objects up to 2922mm in length. The rear features twin barn-style doors, and there’s a single sliding door on the kerb side.

Standard equipment for the Transit Custom range includes hill-hold assist, cruise control with speed limiting, stability control, trailer sway control, torque vectoring control, integrated roof-racks which fold away when not in use, and Ford’s Sync infotainment system with Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming and voice control.

An optional City Pack will be available at a $1500 premium, which adds front and rear parking sensors, a rear camera with trailer hitch assist that uses an electrochromatic auto-dimming rear-view mirror as its display, and front fog lamps.

The new Transit Custom 290S goes on sale in February, while the 330L arrives in June. Both will be offered with a five-year/200,000km warranty as part of a launch promotion – two years and 100,000km more than the standard Ford offering.




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