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The New Euro Ford Transit Custom Van Can Swallow A Huge Load

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What you spy here is the still-not-quite-for-Americans cargo twin of the Ford Tourneo Custom shown earlier this year in Geneva. It's for moving stuff. Lots of stuff. Why do you have so much stuff? You must be a hoarder.

Anyone else thinks it looks kind of nautical? Like one of those tiny creatures that live in coral reefs, kill larger fish, and then hide in their bodies waiting for another fish to come up and mate with it. Is that just us?

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As we keep mentioning, the U.S. version of the Transit won't look like this. They're going to apparently Americanize the truck out of it (or, rather, the truck into it). Our van should share the same global van platform and replace the beloved but old world E-Series van.

This European version will come in a short wheelbase version and a my-my-the-girls-must-love-you 17-and-a-half long wheelbase configuration. Properly configured you can squeeze 211 square-feet into the back of the van. Let's just say it'll consume 8x4 foot boards like I consume chicken wings (easily and with an almost murderous zeal).

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Technologies such as SYNC and rear-view cameras will be offered, as well as lane alert and other stuff someone driving a ginormous van might possibly want.

Illustration for article titled The New Euro Ford Transit Custom Van Can Swallow A Huge Load
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There's no use in discussing powertrains. Just close your eyes, imagne a too-tough grille on it, and just think of all the mayhem you could get into with that extra space.

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Jeff DelPapa

Does engineering the truck out of it include a 0lb towing limit? I can live with not towing Mr B (a siege engine that we compete with, weighs 4 tons) but one ton would be quite helpful. The current US edition transit didn't allow anything in tow, nor did the Scion xb, or the Mazda5. Did DOT add some new rule that caused the manufacturers to implement a towing ban?

Do wish more had the flat face, drivers seat ahead of the front axle that would let short wheelbase machines swallow 4x8 sheets. My 84 toyota van (the original space cadet machine) could actually fit full sized sheet goods inside the body. You had to tilt it to slide it in, and the front of the sheet had to be up on the engine hump (no sheetrock without something underneath to keep it from bowing).