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Ford Transit Custom Van Spotted On Alabama Highway

The Ford Transit Custom van slots between the compact Transit Connect and the full-size Transit in The Blue Oval’s European lineup. However, this model has never been sold in the U.S., although it has proved to be popular elsewhere in the world, particularly in the UK. An eagle-eyed Ford Authority reader recently spotted a Transit Custom rolling down a highway in Alabama, however, and snapped these photos.

This particular Ford Transit Custom looks to be a high roof, long-wheelbase cargo van painted in Snow White. It appears to have made the long trek from Mexico to Alabama, judging by the design of its license plates and the plate bracket itself, which looks to have come from a dealer group located in Mexico.

For the Mexican market, the Ford Transit Custom offers up to 1.3 tons of loading capacity, thanks to its 9.1 cubic meters of cargo storage space inside. Alternatively, it can fit nine passengers at once, and features removable seats to maximize space and a six-speed manual transmission for optimal fuel efficiency.


Meanwhile, later this year, customers in Europe will have the option to purchase an all-new Transit Custom as a plug-in hybrid or diesel variant. The PHEV van features a similar powertrain to the Kuga PHEV, pairing the 2.5L Atkinson cycle gas engine with an 11.8 kWh battery to deliver an electric-only driving range of up to 57 kilometers (35 miles), as well as 2.3 kW of portable power via ProPower Onboard. As for diesel engine options, customers can opt for the Ford EcoBlue with a wide range of outputs including 110 PS, 136 PS, 150 PS and 170 PS.


The next-gen Transit Custom will be built at the Ford Otosan Assembly plant in Turkey, with EcoBlue deliveries set to begin in mid-2023. Other variants are expected to become available later on in the 2023 calendar year.

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

A special thanks To FA reader Austin S. for the pictures!

Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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  1. Richard

    I think it is a huge mistake for Ford to remove the Transit Connect and not offer the Transit Custom in US. It is a proven platform around the world. It is perfect size for small businesses and other diy projects.

  2. Cesar Encina

    Hope the next new one EcoBlue for mid 2023 . DPF is not usefull for working in the City only.

  3. Ratty

    World’s ughliest van. But admit the custom is not bad looking. How small is it? Can two people fit in?


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