Fresh off ending 2021 as the UK’s best-selling vehicle, Ford Authority spies spotted a next-gen Ford Transit Custom high-roof prototype driving around Europe this past May. This sighting confirmed that the ICE-powered Ford Transit Custom will indeed live on for a new generation, which was unclear following the debut of the all-electric E-Transit Custom earlier this year. Ford Authority spies obtained exclusive photos of a next-generation Ford Transit Custom testing in the U.S. for the very first time just last week, and now, those same spies have come across the new van completely uncovered in Germany.
This new Ford Transit Custom prototype isn’t wearing any camo, giving us our best look yet at the next-gen version of that model. Up front, that includes a look at a sleek, modern new front end design with slim headlights, an oval-shaped grille, and some distinctive lines carved into the front bumper.
Moving down the side, we get a good look at this van’s restyled flanks, which are complemented by fender flares and black split six-spoke wheels that give it a sporty look. There’s also a magnetic Ford sign attached to the side, a common sight on commercial vehicles these days.
Out back, this van is oddly missing its rear bumper, but otherwise, we can clearly see the new taillight design that – like the headlights – is slimmer than the current-gen model, with a pair of red elements flanked by clear lenses.
This prototype shares quite a few styling cues with the all-electric E-Transit Custom, which isn’t a huge surprise given the fact that the regular E-Transit also looks quite a bit like its ICE-powered brethren. Regardless, the next-gen van presents a pretty big update in terms of styling compared to the outgoing model.
Ford has greatly expanded its Transit Custom range over the last couple of years, adding the more off-road capable Trail and Active variants, as well as the same rugged trims for the Transit Custom Nugget camper. As Ford Authority reported last March, the E-Transit Custom has been confirmed for production in the second half of 2023 and will be built alongside all other variants by Ford Otosan – Ford’s joint venture with Koç Holding – at the Otosan Assembly plant in Turkey.