Ford LCV range gets sportier

2.0-litre diesel unit joins existing range of engines

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Ford has bolstered the engine range for its Transit Custom Sport model with a new, more powerful 2.0-litre diesel unit, while new Transit Connect Sport and Courier Sport models have also joined the family.

The new models and engine are making their UK debuts at this week’s Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC in Birmingham

The 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel unit in the Transit Custom Sport produces 185hp and 415Nm of torque, making it the most powerful Sport van ever.

Customers are able to choose from either a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic, the former of which can deliver up to 43.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 155g/km, while the latter can achieve up to 41.5mpg while emitting 163g/km of CO2.

The exterior of the van features a full sports bodykit, with body-side mouldings and wheel arch extensions helping to give it a little more presence. It’s also available with either 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, and comes with body-coloured bumpers, side mirrors and door handles.

Inside you’ll find partial leather upholstery applied to all seats – including second or third rows when fitted.

The Custom Sport series can be specified in a variety of different bodystyles to suit different functions, with van, kombi and double cab models available in both short- and long-wheelbase layouts.

Ford’s Connect on-board system has also been fitted, which can turn the van into a WiFi hotspot for up to 10 devices. In addition, the van gets Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system, which includes media functions, smartphone connectivity and satellite navigation.

It’s priced from £32,270.

The Transit Connect Sport and Courier Sport also both offer the same distinctive exterior and interior design seen in the larger Transit Custom Sport. Neither are available with the 2.0-litre, 185hp diesel unit fitted to the Custom Sport, however.

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Stuart Masson
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Stuart is the Editorial Director of The Van Expert, which came about after the success of sister site The Car Expert. Originally from Australia, Stuart has had a passion for cars and the automotive industry for over thirty years. He spent a decade in automotive retail, and now works tirelessly to help vehicle buyers by providing independent and impartial advice.

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