Ford of Europe has brought some Ranger Raptor design flare to the front end of a new series of Transit vans – but, unfortunately, these models are unlikely for Australia even though they are made in same factory in Turkey where we source our vehicles.
The new "lifestyle" versions of Ford's delivery van are the Transit Custom Active, Transit Custom Trail and Transit Trail.
The Transit Custom Active styling pack is similar in concept to the Focus Active, a high-riding faux off-roader version of the Focus hatch.
While it may lack the off-road capability of the Trail models, the Active is at least dressed for adventure.
The Transit Custom Active (pictured above) comes with standard roof rails, new black cladding for the body sides and wheel arches, redesigned 17-inch alloy wheels and a mesh grille. Inside there’s a partial leather trimmed interior, though Ford hasn’t supplied interior images.
Ford’s Transit Custom-based Torneo Custom people mover, which isn’t sold in Australia, also scores the Active treatment. Both cars can be optioned with a mechanical limited-slip differential, to aid traction in slippery conditions, when equipped with a manual transmission.
The Transit Custom Trail (pictured above) adds the LSD as standard, as well as the bold Ranger Raptor and F-150 Raptor-inspired grille and black body side mouldings. Side steps are optional. The Transit Custom Trail comes with 16-inch wheels affording it more tyre sidewall when the going gets rough.
Stepping up to the larger Transit Trail (pictured below) means a choice of rear-wheel drive fitted with an LSD developed in partnership with drivetrain specialists Quaife, or intelligent all-wheel drive.
As with the Transit Custom Trail there’s beefed up styling with lower body cladding and a Raptor-style grille. The Transit Trail AWD also adds selectable Slippery and mud/rut driving modes and a lockable torque split to divide torque 50:50 front to rear.
Trail models add features including a Quickclear heated windscreen, power folding mirrors and full leather seating for easy wipedown cleaning.
Ford’s Euro van range features a line-up of 2.0-litre EcoBlue turbo diesel engine rated at 96kW, 110kW and 136kW which differs slightly from the 125kW and 136kW Transit Custom and Transit engine range in Australia. Manual 96kW variants are also available with a 48-volt mild hybrid system not available locally.
Ford’s local range includes the Transit and Transit Custom in regular workhorse guise, along with the flagship Transit Custom Sport which brings some sport-style flair to the LCV segment.
As for the chances of the above models being added to the Transit range locally, a spokesperson said:
“We’re pleased with how Australian customers have embraced Transit for all their needs, from the capable Transit to the versatile Transit Custom Sport, including new double cab in van options.”
However, the company said, “we have no news to share about any future plans.”
Sometimes this means a particular new model is coming but the company can't say, and sometimes it means it's not coming at all.
CarAdvice understands these Transit variants are not planned for Australia.
If that's the case, can we at least get the grille for the Transit Custom Sport please Ford Australia?
The smaller Ford Transit Connect is also in line to receive the Active treatment later this year, but no variants of the Kangoo-rivalling Transit Connect are available in Australia.