Luxury people-mover

The luxury people-mover market segment gains a new player with the addition of the Limited version of the Ford Torneo Custom, avaialable only in short wheelbase format.

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“It is easy to see why the Tourneo Custom is one of the top-selling people-movers in Europe, as it offers exceptional flexibility with outstanding levels of space and comfort for a wide range of applications,” says Doreen Mashinini, General Manager, Marketing at FMCSA.

“The Tourneo Custom Limited adds a luxurious dimension to this model range, making it ideal as a practical and spacious vehicle for active families, or to serve as an upmarket shuttle providing first-class travel.”

 The Limited features a five-bar trapezoidal chrome-finish grille, accompanied by slim headlamps that are styled to seamlessly flow into the crease lines of the bodywork, these headlamps incorporating daytime running lights, automatic headlight activation and manual headlamp levelling.

Rectangular front fog lamps, housed in a chromed bezel, are positioned on the outer edges of the front bumper.

Full colour-coding sets the Limited model apart from the rest of the range, incorporating body colour finishes for the side mouldings. The polished look is complemented by 16-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels.

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Inside, ‘Salerno’ partial leather trim unique to the Limited model is used for the front seats and well as the second and third-row seats. Both front seats benefit from a heating function for cold days, manual lumber adjustment for the front passenger seat, while the driver seat offers 10-way power adjustment.

The Tourneo Custom Limited benefits from the wide range of interior refinements that were introduced with the new range in 2018, including improved trim throughout – from the headliner to the side panels and carpets.

The Limited has a 2 933 mm wheelbase and 4 972 mm overall length – 367 mm less in both cases compared to the long-wheelbase Ambiente and Trend variants – which makes it easier to manoeuvre in everyday driving situations. Common to the Trend and Limited derivatives is a rearview camera, while front and rear parking sensors are provided across the range to assist with positioning the vehicle in tight spaces.

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The Tourneo Custom range incorporates an extensive range of advanced driver assistance features as standard, including anti-lock brakes, Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) with Hill Launch Assist (HLA), Load Adaptive Control (LAC) and Roll-Over Mitigation (ROM).

In Limited guise a towbar is fitted as standard, which incorporates Trailer Hitch Assist as well as Trailer Sway Control that mitigates against a loss of control when towing.

In the event of a collision, occupants are protected by dual front, side and full-length curtain crash bags. Additionally, ISOFIX child seat mounting points are provided in the centre of the second and third-row seats, as well as on the driver’s side in the middle row.

All models are equipped with a six-speaker audio system incorporating Bluetooth, USB and Aux connectivity and steering wheel-mounted controls. Electronic cruise control is standard across the range.

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 The Tourneo Custom Limited is powered by a 2,2-litre four-cylinder Duratorq TDCi turbo-diesel engine paired with a six-speed manual gearbox and offers 114 kW at 3 500 r/min, upping the ante compared to the 74 kW and 92 kW units that power the Ambiente and Trend models respectively. The maximum torque output is 385 Nm from just 1 600 r/min versus the 310 Nm and 350 Nm outputs of the lower-spec models.

It is approved to tow a 1 600 kg braked trailer or 750 kg for unbraked trailers.

Ford Tourneo Custom:

2.2 TDCi LWB Ambiente 74kW 6MT                         R568 700

2.2 TDCi LWB Trend 92kW 6MT                              R591 300

2.2 TDCi SWB Limited 114kW 6MT                        R637 200

All models come standard with Ford Protect, comprising a 4-year/120 000 km comprehensive warranty, 3-year/unlimited distance roadside assistance and 5-year/unlimited km corrosion warranty. A 6-year/90 000 km service plan is included, with 15 000 km service intervals.

 

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Author: Colin Windell

Colin Windell is an apprentice retiree, petrolhead, rock music addict, lover of fine food and has been writing about cars for more than 40 years.

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