New drivetrain and infotainment system finally make it into Ford Tourneo Custom

Ford has kept the 2.2 TDCi engine, but opted to pair the new six-speed self-shifter with the 2.0-litre EcoBlue oil-burner.

Having benefitted from a specification upgrade last year, Ford has now not only expanded, but finally included an automatic gearbox to the Tourneo Custom range.

Coinciding with the ‘box, the local line-up also ditches the smartphone keypad inspired dashboard of the previous generation Fiesta, for the same layout plus touchscreen infotainment system that debuted on the European model three years ago.

Offered on the Trend and flagship Limited, the system comes with Ford’s SYNC 3 software as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and measures four-inches on the former and eight on the latter, with both model coming with no less than eight USB ports, an optional 230-volt power outlet, a new instrument cluster and steering wheel, plus gloss black inlays and more seat padding.

Although no changes have taken place externally, the Tourneo can now be had with Adaptive Cruise Control as well as improved LED headlights and automatic model exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels. Both trim grades benefit from a tyre pressure monitoring system with the rest of the standard specification sheet continuing unchanged.

Up front, Ford has kept the 2.2 TDCi engine for manual models, but like in European, opted to pair the new six-speed self-shifter with the 2.0-litre EcoBlue oil-burner that comes with an auxiliary 21-litre tank containing the AdBlue urea solution that is sprayed into the exhaust system in order to reduce NOx levels.

European model’s interior depicted

Essentially the same engine that does duty in the Ranger, but without the AdBlue system, the single turbo powerunit produces 96kW/385Nm in the Trend and 136kW/415Nm in the Limited, with the box featuring a manual override as well as a Sport mode. Like the manual, drive is send to the front wheels.

Available in a choice of eight colours; Frozen White, Blazer Blue, Race Red, Blue Metallic, Diffused Silver Metallic, Magnetic Grey Metallic, Moondust Silver Metallic and Orange Glow Metallic, the Tourneo Custom range comes standard with a four year/120 000 km warranty as well as a six year/90 000 km service plan.

PRICING

Tourneo Custom 2.2 TDCi Ambiente – R621 500

Tourneo Custom 2.2 TDCi Trend – R646 000

Tourneo Custom 2.2 TDCi Limited – R695 600

Tourneo Custom 2.0 SiT Trend AT – R700 200

Tourneo Custom 2.0 SiT Limited AT – R740 900

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