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Ford is launching two new style-pitched versions of its Transit Custom one-tonne van.

The Transit Custom Colour Edition van is available in four distinct colour schemes that feature a contrasting roof, mirror caps, skid plate and side stripes, along with bespoke black 17-inch alloy wheels.

The new model can be specified in Race Red, Deep Impact Blue and Frozen White with Jet Black contrasts, and Shadow Black with Race Red contrasts.

Colour Edition models are all to the short-wheelbase, standard roof van bodystyle, and are based on the 290 Trend series model with the 170hp 2.0-litre Ford EcoBlue diesel engine with six-speed manual transmission, and uprated chassis settings from the Sport series van.

Meanwhile the Sport series van, distinguished by its twin bonnet stripes, is now being offered in a much wider choice of bodystyles. Sport series customers can now select van and double-cab-in-van models in both short and long wheelbase versions, while the latest Tourneo Custom people mover can be specified with the same Sport package.

Sport series models gain a body kit and a fully colour-coded exterior, with body-colour bumpers, side mirrors and door handles, along with body-side mouldings and wheelarch extensions, covering 17-inch alloy wheels in a two-tone silver and black design – silver 18-inch alloy wheels are an option.

The interior includes partial leather interior trim combining Pewter seat fabric with charcoal black leather bolsters, including second or third seat rows where fitted, and the latest interior technologies such as the Ford’s Sync connectivity package.

According to Ford of Europe’s commercial vehicle manager Hans Schep, many retail customers are no longer satisfied with a standard white van. “These stunning new vehicles provide the perfect solution – the Transit Custom makes a really positive statement about their business, and looks great on the driveway at the weekend,” he says.

Ford says that demand for sporting and distinctive Transit models has built steadily since the original Sport Van was introduced in 2007. During the first 10 months of 2016, sales of the current Transit Custom Sport are up by 52 per cent in the UK compared to the same period the previous year.

Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Van Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.