Ford Tourneo Custom Van Production Model Unveiled, Not Heading to America

Ford Tourneo Custom Van Production Model Unveiled, Not Heading to America

The Ford Tourneo Custom Concept debuted at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, and it didn’t take long for the American automaker to commit to a production model for the European market.

Ford’s all-new Tourneo Custom Van spearheads the company’s commitment to refresh its commercial vehicle lineup by 2014 and will go on sale in Europe and other global markets starting this year. The production model will make its official debut at the Birmingham Commercial Vehicle Show next month.

The Tourneo Custom will be available in eight- or nine-seat configurations along with short or long wheelbase variants. The short wheelbase version measures in at 195.7 inches, while the long wheelbase is 210.2 inches.

Powering the Tourneo Custom is Ford’s 2.2-liter Duratorq four-cylinder with three different power configurations, 99, 123, and 153-hp. The 2.2-liter is mated to a six-speed manual transmission and has auto start/stop to help it deliver around 34-mpg on the U.S. cycle.

“The bold new Tourneo Custom signals the start of a revolution in Ford’s commercial vehicle range,” said Stephen Odell, chairman and CEO of Ford of Europe. “It’s a fantastic-looking people mover – inside and out – and offers outstanding day-to-day, real world practicality as well as being great to drive.”

The Tourneo Custom is built on a new Ford global platform, blending car-like handling dynamics with enhanced ride comfort and reduced noise levels while remaining a functional package.

Ford of Europe did not announce any pricing. Despite the announcement that the Tourneo Custom won’t be heading to the U.S., there’s still a chance the company may employ some of those changes in North American commercial vehicles in the future.

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