Sync 3 now standard, AEB optional for facelifted van
Local pricing and specifications for the 2018.5 Ford Transit Custom range have been revealed this week, with the updated van available now from $40,990 before on-road costs.
Key visual changes include a refreshed exterior with new bonnet, headlights, daytime-running lights, grille and front bumper, along with the redesigned cabin.
Meanwhile, equipment changes for the 'MY18.5' upgrade include the availability of a new Technology Pack ($1600) which adds a suite of driver-assistance systems like autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning and auto high-beam.
Also new is the standard inclusion of Ford's Sync 3 infotainment system across the range, revolving around an 8.0-inch touchscreen complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with DAB+ digital radio. Satellite navigation is also available for $600 – though Ford is currently including native mapping at no extra cost for a limited time across all buyer types.
Buyers can opt for a High Roof in both short-wheelbase and long-wheelbase for the first time in Australia ($1500), further increasing the van's load capacity. Factory-fitted windows for single and dual side door models are now available as an option, too.
The Transit Custom is available in "more than 100 exterior colours", and the updated range brings a new option for 16-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, the cockpit has been redesigned for a more car-like feel, headlined by the floating tablet-style Sync 3 display and a reduction in the amount of physical buttons and dials on the dashboard. Additionally, there's up to 25L of storage in the instrument panel, including three open bins on the upper surface.
Ford says the glovebox is large enough to store hanging A4 files in the lower closed compartment, while the fold-out cup holder underneath the gear lever is new – adding to the cup holders and 2.0L bottle holders on each side of the instrument panel.
The door panels have also been redesigned, featuring a new grab handle and three large stowage areas for increased practicality.
New seat designs feature revised padding and geometry for "optimised support", while the cabin materials have been "completely renewed" for an improved level of quality, durability and appearance.
Power comes from the 2.0-litre 'EcoBlue' four-cylinder turbo-diesel, which claims outputs of 96kW at 3500rpm and 385Nm at 1500-2000rom.
All versions are fitted as standard with a six-speed manual transmission, though a six-speed automatic can be specified for $2800.
The range is also covered by Ford's new five-year unlimited kilometre warranty, in addition to capped-price servicing and MapCare updates for the navigation system.
Note: Overseas model shown
2018.5 Ford Transit Custom pricing
|300S SWB||$40,990/$43,790 (6MT/6AT)|
|300S SWB High Roof (NEW)||$42,490/$45,290 (6MT/6AT)|
|340L LWB||$42,990/$45,790 (6MT/6AT)|
|340L LWB High Roof (NEW)||$44,490/$47,290 (6MT/6AT)|
- Prestige paint – $600
- SVO paint – $1250
- Technology Pack (NEW) – $1600
- AEB with pedestrian detection
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Adaptive cruise control
- Lane departure warning
- Driver alert
- Auto high-beam
- Auto headlights and wipers
- 4.2-inch driver instrument display
- Heated windscreen
- Tyre pressure monitoring
- Satellite navigation – $600 (Free on all MY2018.5 launch models)
- Rear cargo door liftgate – $550
- Rear side window – $350
- Dual side load doors – $1000
- Dual side load doors with windows – $1700
- 16-inch alloy wheels (NEW) – $1000