Pretoria - Ford’s one-tonne Transit Custom Panel Van, Kombi Van and Torneo Custom (bus) line-up has been given a makeover for 2019, the new model reaching South Africa with a fresh exterior look that echos Ford’s latest design language, and an improved cabin.
The big changes, as they almost always are with facelifts, occur upfront where we see a new three-bar trapezoidal grille and slim headlights, while top models receive a new daytime running light signature.
As before there’s also a Sport model that provides some visual excitement that’s missing in this segment. Available only as a short wheelbase panel van, the Sport’s exterior body kit and dual bonnet stripes have been redesigned. Also setting it apart are a set of black 18-inch alloys, while the cabin features a partial leather seat upholstery combo with new embossed fabric inserts.
The cabin carries over largely as before, but the atmosphere is perked up by numerous new trim materials and comfort levels are improved by redesigned seats with revised foam padding.
The wide range of configurations includes three body styles - Panel Van (three-seat), Kombi Van (six-seat) and Tourneo Custom (six-seat) - available in two wheelbase lengths and (depending on the body style) three trim levels: Ambiente, Trend and Sport. Payloads in the case of the van vary from 1155kg to 1505kg.