Stylish Ford Tourneo Custom is Perfect People-Mover for Business or Leisure
- Ford’s Tourneo Custom offer caters to business and leisure users alike
- Tourneo Custom boasts outstanding dynamics, a driver-focused cockpit and a stylish, high-quality interior design
- Shares smart comfort, driver assistance and safety technologies with Ford’s latest passenger cars, including SYNC™ voice-activated in-car connectivity system
- Tourneo Custom is available in short wheelbase or long wheelbase delivering outstanding space and functionality and low cost of ownership
PRETORIA, South Africa, 23 April, 2013 – The dynamic new Ford Tourneo Custom is a stylish people mover that offers car-like comfort and driving dynamics. With its tasteful appearance, smart technologies and outstanding fuel economy, the Ford Tourneo Custom is expected to attract families, lifestyle and executive shuttle customers.
“The Tourneo Custom offers the kind of style and performance which will have a very broad appeal, particularly to personal use customers looking for a spacious and versatile vehicle,” explains Ford Marketing Manager Gavin Golightly. “It’s a fantastic-looking people mover – inside and out – and offers outstanding day-to-day practicality while still being great to drive.”
With its advanced, streamlined appearance, the Tourneo Custom embodies the same dynamic character as Ford’s kinetic design passenger cars – generating a strong sense of movement, even when the vehicle is standing still.
“Designers set out to create a clean, modern silhouette,” continues Golightly. “With its sporty stance, bold rising shoulder line and flush glazing, the Tourneo Custom brings something fresh and exciting to this class of people mover.”
Signature kinetic design features help to give the Tourneo Custom its unique character, including the bold trapezoidal grille, strong and muscular shoulder line, prominent wheel lips and window lines with the distinctive kick at the rear.
The eight-seater Tourneo Custom is available in a 2933 mm short wheelbase version (SWB – 4.97 metres overall length), and a 3300 mm long wheelbase (LWB – 5.34 metres overall length), both of which provide generous space for people and luggage. The additional length of the LWB version translates into extra luggage space behind the third seat row.
At a height of less than two metres, the Tourneo Custom also comfortably complies with most car park height limits. This advantage is retained when the vehicle is fitted with the innovative deployable integrated roof rack system**, which is seamlessly integrated into the roof and can easily be raised or lowered when required.
Tourneo Custom models offer twin side sliding doors as standard, with running boards below the doors for improved low level step access, as well as a strong visual differentiation. A liftgate is fitted as standard at the rear.
Versatile car-like interior
The Tourneo Custom also brings car-like style and sophistication to the people-mover segment with an interior constructed from high quality materials. The stylish, sculpted driver-focussed instrument panel features technologies closely-related to those found in the Ford passenger car range. The cockpit is further enhanced by a highly adjustable driving position with the steering column modifiable for reach and rake.
The seats in the two rear rows can be easily folded into multiple configurations and removed in segments or completely – in total there are over 30 seating permutations to suit any occasion. All seating positions provide integral three-point lap and shoulder style seat belts.
Air-conditioning is a standard fitment for front seat occupants while a separate air conditioning unit for the rear compartment is available as part of an option pack.
Also available is Ford’s acclaimed SYNC™ voice-activated, in-car connectivity system** that enables mobile phones and music players to be connected to the vehicle and operated by voice control.
Customers can select from either Ambiente trim or the higher specced Trend trim based on their individual requirements. The Trend models feature, SYNC, electrically operated mirrors, cruise control, 16” alloy wheels and more as standard equipment.
Outstanding driving dynamics and refinement
The Tourneo Custom brings a new level of car-like driver appeal to its segment with dynamics and performance which have been carefully tuned to reflect the same natural and easy-to-drive character that customers appreciate in Ford’s car range.
Meticulous tuning of the suspension components and steering system has resulted in exceptional ride comfort, along with more precise and agile handling. Like the new Ford Focus, the Tourneo Custom also features the latest Electronic Stability Program technology with Torque Vectoring Control for enhanced traction and stability.
The stiff structure, together with a comprehensive effort to eliminate unwanted noise and vibrations throughout the vehicle, has resulted in a quieter environment for both the driver – with speech intelligibility improved by nine per cent within the front cabin – and the passengers travelling in the rear compartment.
Maximised occupant protection
The Tourneo Custom is the first new vehicle in its class to achieve a maximum five-star safety rating from independent vehicle safety organisation Euro NCAP.
To maximise occupant protection, the Tourneo Custom features an optimised body structure which features ultra-high-strength Boron steel for the first time on a Tourneo model. In total, over 40 per cent of the body is made from high-strength or ultra-high-strength steels, resulting in a strong and light body which is designed to offer high levels of crash protection.
It also features an enhanced restraint system which provides curtain airbags as standard for the front seat occupants, together with driver and passenger airbags and seat-mounted side thorax airbags. As on Ford’s latest passenger cars, a non-axial stroking steering column is also now fitted, to help reduce loads on the occupant’s head and chest in the event of a high speed frontal impact.
Optimal Running Costs
The Tourneo Custom is powered by Ford’s latest 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engine which combines outstanding performance and refinement with exceptional fuel efficiency.
The Tourneo Custom is available in two power ratings: 74kW on Ambiente derivatives and 92kW on Trend derivatives. Both are mated to a six-speed manual transmission delivering fuel consumption figures of 6.5 l/100 km on a combined cycle and 172 g/km CO2 emissions.*
The engine has been calibrated to suit the unique characteristics of the vehicle, minimising fuel consumption and enhancing torque output and responsiveness.
The Tourneo Custom has been engineered to deliver outstanding functionality, durability and low cost of ownership. The Tourneo Custom comes with a 4-year / 120 000km comprehensive warranty. Service intervals are every 15 000km with a Service Plan covering 5 years or 90 000km and 3 year /unlimited km Roadside Assistance plan offering added peace of mind. .
“The Tourneo Custom combines car-like levels of performance, comfort and specification with great practicality and optimised running costs,” concludes Golightly.