The Geneva Motor Show isn’t all about fancy exotics and out-of-this-world concepts. Every so often, there are also automakers that look on the practical side of life and present vehicles that cater to a more conservative clientele.
That’s why nobody should be surprised to see Ford debut the Tourneo Custom Concept. For the record, this van, or at least the production iteration of it, won’t be headed Stateside. We have the Ford Transit for that job. But even if were not getting a sniff of the Tourneo, our friends over in Europe and Asia surely will.
To that, they get a pretty cool van that offers some serious specs, including an eight-seat configuration that offers plenty of room and space. It also has a driver-centric cockpit, improved "car-like" aerodynamics (which is a pretty big deal when you’re dealing with vans), Ford’s SYNC system, a rear-view camera integrated into the mirror, and a 2.2-liter Duratorq turbo diesel engine that produces a stout 153 horsepower.
Having said all that, the concept version of the Tourneo will be on full display at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, something that should be a welcome respite for the concept car-infused auto show.
Ford’s highly successful Transit Connect and Tourneo Connect have undergone some extensive changes, making some of Europe’s most popular small vans even more attractive.
Major improvements include the introduction of Stage IV compliant 1.8-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engines, with engine power outputs of 75PS and 90PS. In addition there will be a new 110PS variant available for the first time.
Reflecting customer needs, the Transit Connect and Tourneo Connect ranges now consist exclusively (...)