Ford reveals the new 2013 Transit minibus

The new Tourneo hints at the design for a new Ford Transit for 2013, but the Tourneo isn’t strictly a van.

The Tourneo is a new eight-seat minibus version of the large van. It uses a new, more car-like design and even takes cues from the Ford C-Max people carrier, according to the manufacturer.

Inside the Tourneo its driver-orientated leather cockpit sits alongside an extensive range of technological equipment, including Ford’s acclaimed voice-activated SYNC system.

Ford SYNC includes voice control features of musical devices, mobile phone and many other in-car functions.

Other useful technology features of the Touran include a rear-view camera to help when reversing, emergency assistance with access to emergency services in case of an accident, and a lane departure warning system.

Ford’s frugal Econetic engines will feature on the Touran with the use of a 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engine with three different power outputs: 99hp, 123hp and 153hp.

Ford has said that it aims to achieve best-in-class fuel economy with the new Tourneo, so stop & start technology is offered as standard.

The Ford Tourneo will also be available with a wide choice of body styles and two different wheel bases, SWB and LWB, giving it better versatility when handling luggage on the road.

Stephen Odell, chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe, said: “One look at the Tourneo Custom Concept is enough to tell you that it will inject an exciting new spirit into the personal use segment.

“Our forthcoming new range gives us the opportunity to appeal to new customers with a fresh new direction, and we have seized that opportunity with both hands.”

Ford vehicles are available from Perrys Ford dealerships in Aylesbury and High Wycombe.