Back in July 2017, Ford revealed an updated version of its Tourneo Custom, handing the people-mover the brand’s latest family face. And now that facelifted model has finally touched down in South Africa.
The Blue Oval brand claims its eight-seater Tourneo Custom has been “comprehensively re-engineered to provide superior levels of refinement and sophistication, including high-quality trim materials, along with improved comfort and noise levels”.
While the pre-facelift range comprised five derivatives, the updated line-up is limited to just two variants at launch. Both are long-wheelbase models and both use a six-speed manual gearbox.
As before, the entry-level Ambiente (R546 000) employs a 2,2-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine with 74 kW and 310 N.m, while the Trend variant (R567 300) uses the same engine, but with peak outputs hiked to 92 kW and 350 N.m.
The Tourneo Custom is rated to carry a gross payload of 915 kg, while Ford says it is able to tow a 750 kg unbraked trailer (or up to 1 400 kg in the case of a braked trailer).
Along with that fresh visage, both derivatives feature new daytime running lights along with automatic headlamps and front foglamps, plus a six-speaker audio system.
Inside, Ford says the trim – from the headliner and seats to the side panels and carpets – has been “completely revised” and “more upscale materials” selected. New seat designs feature revised foam padding and geometry, while the rear seat passengers enjoy what Ford calls a “more effective” air-conditioning system.
Standard safety items include an electronic stability programme, hill launch assist, load adaptive control, roll-over mitigation and trailer sway control (the latter activated with the fitment of an approved tow bar at a Ford dealer). Front, side and curtain airbags, as well as Isofix mounting points in the second row, are also included.
A four-year/120 000 km warranty and six-year/90 000 km service plan (the latter with intervals of 15 000 km) ship standard.
Ford Tourneo Custom 2,2 TDCi LWB Ambiente: R546 000
Ford Tourneo Custom 2,2 TDCi LWB Trend: R567 300
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