March 19th, 2012 by Steve Cypher

European Tourneo Custom highlights styling cues for next generation Transit Connect and E Series van replacement

Only in Europe

Earlier today, Ford Motor Company released images of the production version of the Torneo Custom people mover unveiled earlier this month at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

Marking the first step in what the company promises will be a complete refresh of its commercial vehicle lineup by 2014, the official unveiling will take place at the upcoming 2012 Birmingham Commercial Vehicle Show in April.

So why make such a big deal out of a vehicle that will only be sold in Europe? Glad you asked.

Transit replacement

The fact is, the boxy-looking current generation Tourneo has been running around Europe since the early 1990s. The newest Tourneo, however, rides on an all-new global platform that will not only underpin a new Transit Connect van but also the replacement for Ford’s aging E-Series cargo vans here in the U.S. of A.

“The bold new Tourneo Custom signals the start of a revolution in Ford’s commercial vehicle range,” said Stephen Odell, chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe.  “It’s a fantastic-looking people mover – inside and out – and offers outstanding day-to-day, real world practicality as well as being great to drive.”

Indeed according to Ford, that means that the basic styling cues of the “Kinetic-inspired” Tourneo Custom will carry over, in some form, to both the next-generation Transit Connect as well as the Ford Econoline Wagon replacement.

Just how much different the new rear-wheel-drive versions will be remains to be seen, but this much we do know from a press release issued today:

“The Tourneo Custom and other all-new Ford Commercial Vehicles will be revealed in 2012, starting at the Birmingham CV Show in April.

Ford will also be presenting larger and higher payload Transits later in 2012.  These models will be extensively sold on a global basis, including North America, and will also feature rear-wheel-drive.”

Stay tuned.

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