The all-important Transit lineup is beginning the process of getting refreshed. The first such model to get a revamp is the Transit Custom, which is a medium-sized version of the Transit family sold in Europe. Along with extensive design changes, Ford is also going to offer a hybrid variant of the commercial van this time.
All Transit Customs remain powered by Ford’s 2.0-liter EcoBlue diesel four-cylinder engine with the same 104, 128 and 168 horsepower variants offered today. This engine was actually all-new for 2016, hence why Ford is carrying it over unchanged on the new version of the Transit Custom.
One change to the powertrain lineup will be the addition of a PHEV hybrid variant of the Transit Custom that will arrive shortly after launch. Thus far Ford is scarce on details of this version.
As with the old Custom, Ford is continuing to offer two different roof heights and wheelbases for commercial customers to select from. Either length is attached to a new front clip design that fits in line with Ford’s more recent designs.
All Transit Customs gain a new interior as well for 2018. The new interior is borrowed heavily from the all-new 2018 Ford Fiesta interior, which means a new steering wheel and a new “floating” center stack touchscreen are in tow.
Thanks to the new interior, Ford is also offering additional technology options for European buyers of the Transit Custom. Amongst the list of options is Ford SYNC 3.