Ford Tourneo to give customers a glimpse of next generation Transit
The Tourneo Concept will also be on display at the CV Show in April. The new Transit and Tourneo will be the based on the first global van platform produced by the company, although North American versions are expected to be focussed on the larger rear-wheel-drive model. The new Transit will replace Ford’s long-running Econoline van in North America.
The Tourneo Concept adopts Ford’s Kinetic design language from the passenger car range. It is fitted with eight seats and is designed to compete with the VW Caravelle and Mercedes-Benz Viano. The seats can be removed and offer a range of adjustment. Other features include a voice activated, in-vehicle connectivity system derived from Ford’s car range, a rear-view camera and lane departure warning system.
The concept is powered by a new 155PS variant of the Transit 2.2-litre common rail diesel, equipped with stop/start technology as standard. Other power ratings are carried over from the current Transit range at 100PS and 125PS and the model will be equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox and front wheel drive. The front drive variant is not due to be sold in North America.
Fleet World understands that the concept is very close to how the production vehicle will look. The new Transit model will go on sale at around the same time as the new Renault Trafic and Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro. Vivaro variants will be built in GM’s Luton plant.