Ford gives its Transit Custom a facelift for 2018

Five years after being launched, the Ford Transit Custom is getting a mid-life refresh. The updates are mainly cosmetic, but the engine line-up gains another member too.

Externally, the most obvious changes are at the front. A large single three-bar grille replaces the previous split arrangement, plus the headlights and bumper have been restyled. All of those elements combine to create a bolder, less fussy look than before.

Ford Transit Custom Panel Van (2018) Front

An enhanced interior promises higher comfort levels. New seats are claimed to provide better support, the upholstery fabrics are more durable and the completely redesigned dashboard majors on practicality and storage.

As a minimum, all variants feature the MyFord Dock that mounts and recharges smartphones, MP3 players and other devices. Also available is Sync 3, a touchscreen-controlled infotainment system which is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Additional in-cab technologies are intended to help drivers stay legal and avoid accidents. For example, the Intelligent Speed Limiter uses traffic sign recognition, while the Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert improves situational awareness.

Power comes from the familiar 2.0 litre EcoBlue diesel unit that'll be offered in 103 bhp (77 kW / 105 PS), 128 bhp (95 kW / 130 PS) and 167 bhp (125 kW / 170 PS) guises.

However, the big drivetrain news is the arrival of a short-wheelbase ECOnetic version. This takes a specially-tuned 103 bhp engine and adds low rolling resistance tyres, a stop-start system, Acceleration Control and a 62 mph (100 km/h) speed limiter. The results are 49.6 mpg (5.7 l/100km) and carbon dioxide emissions of 148 g/km.

Deliveries of the revised Transit Custom are due to commence during the early part of 2018.

Ford Transit Custom Panel Van (2018) Rear SideFord Transit Custom Panel Van (2018) Interior

Ford Transit Custom Panel Van (2018) DashboardFord Transit Custom Panel Van (2018) Front Side

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