Ford will offer adventure-loving camper van customers an exciting new alternative as the Transit Custom Nugget goes on sale.
Based on the Ford Transit Custom and converted by Ford’s long-term motorhome specialist partner Westfalia, the Nugget camper is already established as a popular choice of camper in Germany.
The latest Transit Custom Nugget benefits from the enhanced refinement and advanced technology of Ford’s best-selling Transit family, including Ford’s SYNC 3 connectivity and entertainment system that will help keep adventurers connected on the move. Innovative design and high-quality conversion work creates a cosy home-from-home.
The Nugget camper can sleep up to four people, with one comfortable double bed that folds out in the roof space, and a second in the living area. Customers will be able to view the Nugget camper on the Ford stand at the Motorhome and Caravan Show 2019 at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.
“More and more customers are recognising the freedom and fun that camper vans can offer, and we’re excited to be able to offer a greater number of adventure-seekers our Transit Custom Nugget, which is already much-loved in Germany,” said Hans Schep, general manager, Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe. “Transit Custom’s comfortable cabin, advanced driver assistance technologies like SYNC 3, and fuel-efficient 2.0‑litre EcoBlue engine make it the perfect platform for the Nugget camper.”
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All the comforts of home
The Transit Custom Nugget is equipped with an adjustable tilt roof, part of its innovative design, which creates a three-room layout with an L-shaped kitchenette at the rear, a spacious living and dining area in the centre and comfortable sleeping quarters in the roof.
An attractive wood-effect floor throughout the passenger compartment is practical and easy to clean, and an auxiliary heating system keeps occupants comfortable while the vehicle is parked up for the night. In addition to the bed in the upper level, a second double bed folds out in the living area when required.
A double-burner gas cooker and chrome-nickel steel sink in the kitchenette enable preparation of warm meals following active days out. Food supplies stay fresh inside a 40-litre compressor refrigerator, and both fresh and waste water is supplied from on-board tanks, each with a capacity of 42 litres. The tanks also supply an outdoor shower at the rear of the vehicle.
Up to five people can gather around the interior’s fold-out table to eat and socialise, with room for three on a forward-facing bench, while the driver and front passenger seats swivel 180 degrees to face the rear – the turning action made easier by a folding handbrake. An available fold-out table with two chairs and a retractable awning allow al fresco dining.
All vehicles feature rear privacy glass, flip-open windows for the second row and a heated window for the tailgate. Additional options include a premium sound system and racks for bikes and sports equipment.
Fewer fuel stops on the journey
The Transit Custom Nugget is powered by Ford’s state-of-the art 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine optimised for fuel-efficiency while delivering refinement and enhanced low-end torque.
Customers can specify 130PS and 185PS versions, the latter available with both six-speed manual or SelectShift automatic transmission. Standard selective catalytic reduction emissions after-treatment contributes to improved NOX reduction.
The driver and front-seat passenger are provided with class-leading stowage space while on the move, and displays and control panels have been designed for enhanced ergonomics and ease of use. Ford’s available SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system can be operated using simple voice commands or with pinch and swipe gestures on a tablet-inspired eight-inch colour touchscreen.
A range of advanced new driver assistance technologies from Ford’s latest passenger cars utilise sophisticated sensors, radars and cameras to provide information about the driving environment around the vehicle. These include Cross Traffic Alert, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, rear wide-view camera and Adaptive Cruise Control.
The Transit Custom is the top selling vehicle in the European one-tonne van segment with 131,800 vehicles sold in 2018. More than 55,000 of those sales were in the UK, alone.
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