Ford has officially lifted the curtains on its latest offering: the Transit Custom Nugget campervan, a reinvented version of its staple passenger and cargo transport model. Among its highlights are a ceiling-mounted solar panel and an innovative plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Glimpses of a promising new campervan for the European market had surfaced in teasers, and now, Ford has presented the Transit Custom Nugget’s fresh iteration designed for the outdoor enthusiast. Crafted in collaboration with Westfalia experts, this model transforms standard minivans into ideal companions for adventurers.
Initially, the revamped Transit Custom Nugget comes in two distinct powertrains. One comprises the EcoBlue diesel engine delivering 170 horsepower, paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. While orders for this variant are already being accepted, shipments are set to roll out in spring 2024.
A first for the Nugget line-up, the campervan’s second offering is a plug-in hybrid system. It integrates a 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle petrol engine with an electric motor, which draws power from an 11.8 kWh battery, generating a combined output of 232 horsepower.
The vehicle also boasts a new independent rear suspension and an optional all-wheel-drive version. On the tech front, the campervan is armed with advanced assistance systems such as adaptive cruise control with lane centering, a reverse braking assistant, and a 360-degree camera for tight-space maneuvering.
Not stopping at that, the campervan’s retractable roof is now home to a solar panel. This serves as a power source for onboard amenities like the refrigerator, lighting, multimedia system, and even an integrated shower. Front seats swivel for versatility, while the rear bench offers heating. Rear passengers also enjoy dedicated audio speakers and USB-C ports.
Inside, the Transit Custom Nugget features a 13-inch central screen for its SYNC 4 multimedia system. Standard offerings include voice command, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto compatibility. Additionally, a 5G modem ensures internet connectivity, with wireless charging and a Bluetooth-enabled app that turns your smartphone into a remote control for various in-vehicle functions. To cap it off, passengers can relish a warm or cold shower.
As of now, Ford hasn’t disclosed the pricing details for the new model, but orders are already being taken. And as mentioned, deliveries are slated for spring 2024.