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Next Gen Ford Transit Custom Spotted Testing In U.S. For First Time

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. Now, Ford Authority spies have obtained exclusive photos of a next-generation Ford Transit Custom testing in the U.S. for the very first time, too.

This is the first time a next-gen Transit Custom prototype has been spotted in the states, a fact confirmed by the “TU33” number plate on the back of the van, which is the designation for the new model’s program. As is the case with the previously-spied prototype, this van – which slots in between the compact Transit Connect and the full-size Ford Transit in The Blue Oval’s lineup – is wearing heavy camo as well.

Notable design features include slim headlights – just like the E-Transit Custom – as well as a large front upper grille with a smaller grille beneath it, though in this case, the van is equipped with a set of black split six-spoke wheels instead of the steelie-style units present on the European prototype. A set of thin, modern-looking taillights rounds out the obvious updates when compared to the current-gen model.

Ford has greatly expanded its Transit Custom range over the last couple of years, adding 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.

We’ll have more on the next-gen Transit Custom soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Transit news and 24/7 Ford news coverage.

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Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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Comments

  1. JJ

    Bring the plug in hybrid custom to the states and I’ll trade in my 2018 transit connect!

    Reply
  2. Doug B

    How can we get this sold in USA, EV and PEV, AWD, please

    Reply

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