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2019 Ford Transit Custom gets more power, torque and variants

Following its refresh in 2017, the 2019 Ford Transit Custom has been refreshed again with more power and torque, standard active safety, improved towing and a new sporty variant.

The 2019 Ford Transit Custom Sport will join a refreshed Transit Custom line-up in Australia offering even more power and torque than the rest of the range which has also received a power and torque bump. But the major news, beyond the arrival of the Transit Custom Sport is the fact that active safety, once a $1600 Technology Pack, is now standard across the Transit Custom range.

There are three new models joining the line-up with the Custom 340S replacing the 300S, the name change is due to the fact the 340S has a higher GVM and a greater towing capacity (up from 1800kg to 2150kg). But it’s the arrival of the Custom Sport that Ford’s touting.

In making the announcement, Kay Hart, Ford Australia and New Zealand President and CEO said, “The Transit Custom is going from strength to strength, and we know that Australian buyers are looking for even greater versatility and more choice when it comes to their work van.

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“With AEB as standard on every model, and the new Transit Custom Sport available in both Van and Double Cab- in-Van body styles, we’ve covered practicality and personality for customers looking for capability and character.”

The Transit’s engine had already been beefed up in the last refreshment in 2017, but for 2019 the engineers have squeezed out more power and torque, with the Transit’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel making 125kW and 390Nm of torque. The engine meets Euro6.2 emissions standards.

2019 Ford Transit Custom

And the Transit Custom 320S Sport gets even more, with the same engine being turned up to 11, offering 136kW and 405Nm of torque. To a more-power engine it adds 17-inch alloys, racing-style stripes (just like the Mustang), body kit with new front and rear skirts, gloss black grille and static bending lights and LED daytime running lights. It’s available exclusively in two new colours, Blue Metallic and Orange Glow.

2019 Ford Transit Custom

On the inside of the 320S Sport there’s 10-way adjust for the driver’s seat, partial leather for the front three seats, gloss black trims on the dashboard and in the back, there’s new LED lighting, side wall trim board and load floor protection.

The other new addition to the Transit line-up is the double-cab-in-van which offers seating for six as well as load carrying capability (up to 4.4 cubic metres). It too gets the upgraded engine and active safety as standard. It can also be had as the 320L Sport which gets the more-power engine, five seats instead of six and the same cabin and exterior treatment as the 320S Sport.

The updated Transit range will arrive in dealerships from September this year.


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Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.