This is the new Ford Transit van
Sort of. Ford previews next gen Transit with Tourneo concept. We ready the XJ220…
You never saw that one coming, did you? There they were, three smug presenters of TopGear Australia reckoning on an easy win: them in a V8 Holden Commodore SS Ute vs the TopGear UK presenters in a shoddy old Ford Transit van.
Then some XJ220 happened, and the trusty Ford spanked the Aussies. And we're getting that 3.5-litre twin-turbo unit ready again, as the new Transit has just been revealed. Sort of.
Ford has given us the Tourneo Custom Concept van, showcasing the next generation of an "all-new family of one-tonne Ford Transit people movers and commercial vehicles". This makes us childishly excited because we're quite fond of the Transit: as much an integral part of the British landscape as Harry Potter flying over Big Ben on a broomstick.
It'll debut at next month's Geneva motor show, featuring a rather new design language for Ford's commercial vehicles, namely, that of its road cars. Doesn't it look like a pumped-up Focus?
There's more road-car goodness inside, too. There's a driver-orientated cockpit, a fully trimmed cabin with new rear seats, foldable into multiple configurations or removed completely, to make space for that 3.5-litre of course.
Speaking of engines, the Tourneo concept is powered by a 150bhp version of Ford's 2.2-litre Duratorq diesel engine, and features start/stop and regenerative charging. Production versions will come in three guises - 97bhp, 120bhp and 150bhp - as well as a six-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel-drive.
And Ford tells us the Tourneo is based on a new global platform engineered to deliver car-like dynamics: we're promised good handling, enhanced ride comfort and reduced noise levels. Wonder what Stig would make of that...
Let us know what you think of the new Transit - ahem, Tourneo - and then choose which modern engine you'd like to see stuffed in the back of this.