Ford beat all the other automakers to the punch with the Ford Tourneo Custom, the first passenger van in the segment to boast a range-extender PHEV. Debuted in Amsterdam, it punches up an electric motor and 13.6kWh lithium-ion battery pack with a 1.0-liter EcoBoost gasoline engine as a generator.
In an unexpected twist, the combustion engine extends the range by charging the battery. It’s the electric motor that powers just the front wheels and exclusively drives in all-electric mode up to 31 miles. Then the combustion engine kicks in for the extra 279 miles. That’s a nice range of 310 miles.
Although the Tourneo hasn’t been tested in the field yet, Ford projects average fuel consumption that translates to 85.6 mpg in the UK and an environmentally friendly CO2 emissions of 75 g/km. The US projections will probably be pretty close to those numbers. We’ll get the skinny if the Tourneo hits US showrooms.
The Tourneo Custom isn’t your soccer mom and dad’s people mover either. With its sleek exterior design and comfy interior, the kids will be proud to pull up in this wagon. Also, a modular seating arrangement allows passengers face-to-face interaction, conducive to conversations without the neck strain.
And parents will dig the advanced technology that makes driving safer and more convenient. Features include new Stop & Go Assist, Speed Sign Recognition, Lane-Centering and Active Park Assist 2 to help get into those tight parking spots, and a nicely sized 12.3-inch LCD “true color” instrument panel. You’ll be all wired up with the FordPass Connect embedded modem, wireless charging pad, and 12.3-inch LCD “true-colour” instrument display.
As first contestants to hit the stage in the people mover segment, Ford offers an inviting entry with the Tourneo Custom.