Ford's commercial van now has autonomous emergency braking across the range, but it comes at a cost.
Advanced safety now comes standard on vehicles arguably spending more time on the road than most. The new Ford Transit Custom will automatically slam on the brakes in traffic if the driver is not paying attention.
For now, AEB is not available on the current-generation Toyota HiAce, Hyundai iLoad, and China's LDV G10. However, the next-generation Toyota HiAce, due in Australian showrooms in May, is expected to have AEB as standard on all models given Toyota has claimed it will have a five-star safety rating.
The extra kit has brought about a steeper starting price of $42,190 before on-road costs. Although that's up $1200 on the previous Transit Custom, and $3400 more than the Hyundai iLoad, Ford is touting its latest load-lugger as a safer, punchier offer than before.
As before, there are plenty of variants to choose from, starting with the 340S SWB manual, with power from a 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine making 125kW of power and 390Nm of torque. That's 29kW and 5Nm more than previously offered.
Jumping to the six-speed automatic will set you back an extra $2800, bumping the price to $44,990 before on-roads. Those who want the 320S SWB Sport and its 136kW, 405Nm EcoBlue engine will need to pay $48,490 before on-roads.
The Sport gains stripes, a set of black-machined alloy wheels, a sportier bodykit, body-coloured mirrors, and Blue Metallic or Orange Glow paint over the standard car. The cabin is outfitted with 10-way power adjustable seats, partial leather trim, and more gloss black trim around the interior.
Even in the base car, autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic headlights and rain-sensing wipers.
That's atop the car's existing six airbags, crosswind stabilisation, a full-colour rear-view camera, and parking sensors.
Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) is now 3400kg and Cross Combination Mass (GCM) is up on the SWB, allowing a 2100kg braked-towing capacity instead of the existing 1800kg for the six-speed automatic.
Jumping to the front-wheel drive 340L LWB with a six-speed manual transmission makes the price $44,190 before on-roads, while the automatic is an extra $2800.
Power comes from the same EcoBlue engine as the short-wheelbase, but there's an extra option in the long-wheelbase: a dual-cab passenger area with six seats, dubbed DCiV. It's available exclusively with the six-speed automatic transmission, priced from $49,990 before on-roads.
Topping the range is the long-wheelbase Sport, with power from the same 136kW, 405Nm take on the EcoBlue engine as the SWB Sport. It'll cost you $53,490 before on-roads.
Options are plentiful. Prestige paint ($650), satellite navigation ($600), a high roof ($1500), a lift gate for the rear cargo door ($550) and a rear side window on the sliding door ($350) are all offered, along with dual side-load doors ($1000, or $1700 with windows).
2019 Ford Transit Custom pricing
- 340S SWB MT - $42,190
- 340S SWB AT - $44,990
- 320S Sport AT - $48,490
- 340L LWB MT - $44,190
- 340L LWB AT - $46,990
- 320L LWB DCiV AT - $49,990
- 320L LWB Sport AT - $53,490
Before on-road costs.