Just last month, Ford revealed its new Tourneo Custom Active, a rugged off-road focused version of the van. And now, the automaker has announced a series of updates for the regular version of the 2020 Tourneo Custom, which is a passenger van version of the Ford Transit, for the South African market. These changes include a new standard engine and transmission, as well as a complete dashboard redesign with the implementation of new standard and optional technology features.
Both the both mid-level Trend and range-topping Limited series 2020 Tourneo Custom models now come equipped for the first time with a six-speed automatic transmission. Both models are also powered by the latest generation Ford 2.0L EcoBlue four-cylinder single turbo diesel engine, which is derived from the units used in the current Ford Ranger and Everest models.
Two version of the new engine are available – in the Tourneo Custom Trend, the 2.0L engine produces 96 kW (120 horsepower) of power and 385 Nm (284 pound-feet) of torque. The Tourneo Custom Limited delivers 136 kW (182 horsepower) and 415 Nm (306 pound-feet) of torque.
Both engines utilize 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.
In addition to those drivetrain updates, the Tourneo Custom also sports an all-new dashboard and instrument panel based on Ford’s new interior design philosophy. The new dashboard has a more upscale appearance, soft-touch surfaces, and chrome and gloss black finishes. The new instrument cluster, displays, and control panels have been designed for enhanced ergonomics and ease of use.
SYNC 3 is now available in both the Tourneo Custom Limited Automatic and Trend models as well. Both feature a total of eight USB ports located throughout the cabin for charging mobile devices. An integrated 230v power socket is available as an optional item to power various other devices, such as laptop computers, while on the move.
The updated Tourneo Custom packs a slew of active driving safety features including Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with Hill Launch Assist (HLA), Roll-Over Mitigation (ROM), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA). Optional features include front and rear parking sensors, a rear parking camera, Lane Keeping Aid and Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Detection System (BLIS) with Cross Traffic Alert and trailer coverage, and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).