The updated Ford Tourneo Custom has been revealed for the European market this week, potentially hinting at a similar makeover for its commercial Transit Custom sibling.
Essentially the people mover twin of the well-known commercial van equivalent, the facelifted Tourneo Custom gets a new front grille inspired by various models in the company’s line-up, while also gaining a revised interior with a more premium focus.
Other major upgrades for the new people carrier is the option of a segment-first rear air suspension system – though it is limited to higher grades only.
Numerous driver assistance features have also been introduced with the facelift, including traffic sign recognition, an intelligent speed limiter, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, pre-collision assist, autonomous-emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian protection, lane keeping alert and adaptive cruise control.
Under the bonnet is a revised version of the company’s 2.0-litre EcoBlue turbo-diesel engine, offered in a range of tunes. Ford claims efficiency has been improved by up to 13 per cent, while low-end torque has been enhanced by 20 per cent.
In Europe, high-spec versions of the Tourneo Custom will likely go up against more premium people movers like the Mercedes-Benz V-Class.
While the Ford Tourneo Custom isn’t available locally, the changes made to this updated model could preview a forthcoming refresh for the related Transit Custom commercial van.
Ford Australia is unable to confirm any details of a Transit Custom update, though don’t be surprised if a revised model sporting the same front grille treatment and some of the new driver assistance features – namely AEB – breaks cover over the next year or so.
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