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