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New Ford Transit Custom - price, specs, release date and electric version

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The new Ford Transit Custom has been revealed in electric E-Transit Custom form, ahead of the next-gen van hitting showrooms in 2023.

Playing a key part in Ford's electrification plans, the battery-powered E-Transit Custom is the first version of the new 2023 van to be revealed, but there will be new-generation diesel and hybrid variants also offered. It's the successor to Europe's biggest-selling van and the UK's current best-selling vehicle.

Ford says the new Ford E-Transit Custom is "designed to set a new benchmark in Europe's one-tonne van segment and help businesses across the region to effortlessly make the change to electrified vehicles."

The 2023 Transit Custom will also be built in Ford's Turkey plant alongside the next Volkswagen Transporter, with both models sharing key components and a platform as the two brands partner up for commercial vehicles. 

2023 Ford Transit Custom front

2023 Ford Transit Custom price and release date

Ford has so far only detailed the new, fully-electric version of the 2023 Transit Custom; the E-Transit Custom. It'll form part of what Ford claims will be the most extensive Transit Custom range ever offered in Europe, which will include a traditional diesel model along with mild and plug-in hybrids

The electric version follows on from Ford's first proper attempt at a mass-produced electric van; the bigger E-Transit, which is now on sale. By 2024 Ford plans to add further electric van variants including an E-Transit Courier, E-Tourneo Custom and E-Tourneo Courier. 

Official details at this early stage are not extensive, but we do know that the E-Transit Custom will enter production in 2023. It'll be built at Ford's main European Transit hub, a facility in Kocaeli, Turkey, with Volkswagen's next Transporter also set to be built there based on the same underpinnings. 

Prices for the new Ford E-Transit Custom have yet to be made official, but as the larger E-Transit costs from £42,695 (excluding VAT), we'd expect the E-Transit Custom to start from around £38,000 exc VAT and before the £5,000 government plug-in vehicle grant. That price would put it on a par with its closest rival, the Vauxhall Vivaro-e.

Diesel versions are likely to start from around £28,000 exc.VAT, with plug-in hybrid versions expected to command a hefty premium as they do in the current Transit Custom. 

2023 Ford Transit Custom rear

2023 Ford Transit Custom styling

Ford hasn't shown the standard 2023 Transit Custom yet, but it's expected to closely follow the E-Transit Custom shown here.

The company claims "dynamic new styling" for the new van, and from the front we can see an extensive redesign including an enlarged grille, shapely new bumper and slimline full LED headlights with a full-width running light across the top of the grille. An 'E' badge is also visible within the grille itself.

The front-end is also where the E-Transit Custom's charging port is mounted, beneath the right-hand headlight. Expect the hybrid and diesel Transit Custom to have a different grille designs and badging, but maintain a broadly similar front look. 

Moving to the side and the new E-Transit Custom's windscreen appears to be more curvy with a steeper rake, likely done to enhance the aerodynamics of such a tall vehicle. Although the profile is similar to today's version, there's a more pronounced styling line across the body and chunky indents.

At the rear, we can see the stretched vertical headlights of today's Transit Custom have been made shorter, with LED technology for a more modern look. There's also a small roof spoiler and new badging denoting its electric power. 

2023 Ford Transit Custom headlights

2023 Ford E-Transit Custom practicality and technology

Ford has yet to show off the new E-Transit Custom's interior, only revealing the exterior at this stage. But the firm has hinted at some new features and technology. 

Ford says the new van "will help take productivity to new levels using sophisticated connectivity to enable always-on relationships". Expect a variety of connected services and the very latest infotainment systems to feature. 

The E-Transit Custom will be supported by Ford Pro software, charging, service and financing solutions, said to increase up time and minimise operating costs. 

What's more, the E-Transit Custom will feature Ford's ProPower Onboard tech. First shown off on the latest F-150 and electric F-150 Lightning pickups, the system will allow the van to operate as a mobile generator to power tools, lights and other devices. It's not clear yet how much power this will provide - in the US-market F-150 it's up to 9.6kW. 

We're expecting the Ford E-Transit Custom to be offered in both standard and long-wheelbase variants. The current Transit Custom is 4.97m long in standard form and 5.34m with the long-wheelbase, and the new version is expected to mirror that. 

We also don't yet know the maximum payload of the E-Transit Custom, nor the hybrid or diesel versions. The current Transit Custom goes up to 1450kg, whereas its key rival the Vauxhall Vivaro-e has payloads between 1,226kg and 1,002kg depending on battery size. Expect to see double cab variants offering seating for five, too. 

2023 Ford E-Transit Custom

2023 Ford E-Transit Custom range and performance

Details of Ford's new Transit Custom's engines remain thin on the ground, even for the electric version.

We do know that Ford is targeting a range of up to 236 miles for the electric E-Transit Custom. That'll beat even the larger 75kWh version of the Vauxhall Vivaro-e, which only manages 205 miles on the WLTP cycle. 

Ford also specified the E-Transit Custom will give DC fast charging, although we don't yet know the maximum speeds available but "full towing capability" is also promised for the electric model. 

We also don't know if the diesel Ford Transit Custom will receive new engines. The current Dagenham-built 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesels (with outputs ranging from 105PS to 185PS) are fairly new, but they may see upgrades to boost efficiency and performance. We're expecting mild-hybrid versions to be offered, too.

It also remains to be seen if the hybrid Ford Transit Custom will use the same 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine mated to an electric motor. In the current version, the engine doesn't power the wheels, instead it operates as a generator to charge up the battery pack. 

That results in a fully electric range of 35 miles and a total range of over 300 miles with the generator in use. We've no doubt that Ford will want to increase the pure electric range of the new Transit Custom hybrid to keep it competitive in future. 

2023 Ford Transit Custom rear

Find a used Ford Transit Custom for sale

If you can't wait for the new Transit Custom to be launched, why not check out the latest deals on the current diesel and hybrid versions of the Ford Transit Custom? Or, if you must have a fully electric van, why not check out deals on the Vauxhall Vivaro-e?

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We reckon the Ford Transit Custom is probably the best medium-sized van on the market. It's dependable, good to drive and comfortable for long distance.

While the older engines are pretty dependable, the latest 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel in the Transit Custom is smoother, more refined and more economical. 

Ford has targeted an electric range of up to 126 miles in the big E-Transit. That target nearly doubles for the E-Transit Custom, though, up to 236 miles.