Auto and interior are the two main enhancements to the Ford Torneo Custom Bus models with the revises available in Trend and Limited spec variations.
Two six-speed automatic derivatives powered by the latest-generation 2,0-litre Single Turbo engine join the range – both featuring Ford’s SYNC3 with an integrated eight-inch touchscreen, which provides significantly improved features and ease of use for the infotainment system and smartphone functionality.
“The Ford Tourneo Custom is a popular people-mover that provides outstanding flexibility to suit a wide variety of applications, from busy moms and dads transporting children to school and sports matches, businesses relying on it as an upmarket executive shuttle or simply as a spacious and highly adaptable vehicle for large families,” says Doreen Mashinini, General Manager Marketing at Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA).
“We’ve seen growing customer demand for an automatic version of the Tourneo Custom, and we are delighted to expand the current line-up with the two new models that feature the smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission.
“The new gearbox is paired with a new 2.0 Single Turbo engine that delivers superb performance and fuel economy, matched to low running costs, as well as extremely low emissions through the use of Ford’s AdBlue technology. This new engine delivers 96 kW in the Trend model and a punchy 136 kW on the range-topping Limited – making it ideal for both spectrums of buyer.
“The Tourneo Custom’s features set has also been ramped up significantly with the introduction of our SYNC3 infotainment system and eight-inch touchscreen on the Limited model, giving owners access to the very best audio and smartphone connectivity to seamlessly integrate into their everyday lives. This is complemented by an array of optional features such as Adaptive Cruise Control.”
The engine in the mid-level Tourneo Custom Trend produces 96 kW of power matched to 385 Nm of torque, while the top-spec Tourneo Custom Limited delivers 136 kW allied to a torque peak of 415 Nm.
Uniquely in this application – and a first for Ford in South Africa – both variations of this engine in the Tourneo
Custom use Ford’s AdBlue technology, which uses a non-toxic urea/water-based solution to convert nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions in the exhaust gas into eco-friendly nitrogen and water.
A particulate filter then reduces more than 99% of emitted solid particulates from the vehicle’s exhaust, contributing to a cleaner and healthier environment. Low-sulphur grade diesel of 50 ppm or lower is required in combination with the AdBlue system.
In both models, power is delivered to the front wheels via the six-speed automatic transmission that does duty in the current Ranger 2.2 and 3,2-litre models.
Based around horizontal design elements, the new dashboard has an upscale appearance, reinforced by soft-touch surfaces and attractive detailing with chrome and gloss black finishes. The new instrument cluster, displays and control panels have been designed for enhanced ergonomics and ease of use.
Additionally, there is a new three-spoke steering wheel is derived from the latest passenger car designs, with a simplified and improved control layout for the audio, telephony and cruise control functions.
To give customers flexibility in configuring and using the rear portion of the cabin, the Tourneo Custom offers six individual seats. The two rear rows can be configured in conference format, or in two rows of three forward-facing seats. Furthermore, the six seats can each be folded flat, tumbled, stowed in multiple positions or removed completely, enabling customers to create limousine-like space, maximise the luggage area or meet their own special business or lifestyle requirements.
Ooccupants are protected with a full array of front, curtain and side impact crash bags as standard fitment, complemented by active driving safety features including the Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) with Hill Launch Assist (HLA), Roll-Over Mitigation (ROM), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA). Additionally, Ford’s Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) is fitted on both derivatives, which alerts the driver as soon as any tyre deflation is detected.
The extensive range of optional items, available on Trend and Limited models, includes front and rear parking sensors, a rear parking camera, Lane Keeping Aid and Lane Departure Warning, as well as the Blind Spot Detection System (BLIS) with Cross Traffic Alert and trailer coverage.
In place of the standard cruise control, customers can also opt for Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which uses a radar system to automatically maintain a set distance to the vehicle ahead.
Model Range and Recommended Retail Prices:
2.2 TDCi Ambiente 6MT R621 500
2.2 TDCi Trend 6MT R646 000
2.2 TDCi Limited 6MT R695 600
2.0 SiT Trend 6AT R700 200
2.0 SiT Limited 6AT R740 900
All models come standard with Ford Protect, comprising a four-year/120 000 km comprehensive warranty, three-year/unlimited distance roadside assistance and five-year/unlimited km corrosion warranty. A six-year/90 000 km service plan is included, with 15 000 km service intervals.