New Ford E-Tourneo Custom EV van lets you turn its steering wheel into a table

Ford has just unveiled the new 2023 Tourneo Custom in Europe. Billed as a “multi-activity vehicle”, the all-new van will be offered in three distinct powertrain options, ranging from the regular diesel, a plug-in hybrid model (PHEV), and even a fully-electric EV van – the latter dubbed “E-Tourneo Custom”.

Ford’s press release boasts about the Tourneo’s versatility, letting you mould the car to your own lifestyles and use-cases, be it out camping in the wild, or ferrying execs in suits to the airport, thanks to its rail-mounted seats in the rear quarters.

For the former, some (or all) of the six seats at the back can be individually taken out to fit your kayaks or camping gear, and for the latter, you even get hands-free powered side doors, a panoramic glass roof, and even a 14-speaker B&O audio system to keep your passengers entertained.

Ford says that the Tourneo Custom’s new vehicle platform promises “significantly enhanced levels of comfort”, and the new interior can be optioned with premium materials to offer added refinement to the business crowd.

That’s all well and good, but to be honest, we’re actually more excited about the van’s steering wheel. That’s because the Ford Tourney Custom’s steering wheel actually comes with a tilting function for the rim, letting you use it as a table for either your laptop or tablet, or even for food, as demonstrated in their press material. How cool is that?

The front passenger airbag has also been moved into the roof, freeing up space in front to keep your laptops or other “A4 folder-sized” items in the dashboard when not in use.

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On the diesel-powered Tourneo Customs, Ford is offering a range of EcoBlue diesel engines with outputs ranging from 136 hp, 150 hp, and 170 hp. They can all be paired to either an eight-speed automatic gearbox or a six-speed manual, with all-wheel drive an option for the 136 hp and 170 hp variants (with an automatic gearbox).

The PHEV meanwhile uses a parallel hybrid system, consisting of a 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine, an electric motor, as well as aN 11.8 kWh battery pack – the latter enabling a targeted pure-electric driving range of 50 km.

The most interesting option of the bunch, however, is the E-Tourneo Custom, with an electric powertrain made up of a 160 kW (218 hp) electric motor and a 74 kWh useable battery pack, the latter the same as the Ford F-150 Lightning pick-up truck.

Ford did not publish the E-Tourneo Custom’s driving range for some reason, but it has an on-board 11 kW AC three-phase charger that allows the electric van to be fully recharged in less than eight hours. With a 125 kW DC fast charger, you’ll also be able to add 37 km of driving range in approximately five minutes.

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Even with an electric powertrain, the E-Tourneo Custom still offers a maximum towing capacity of 2,000 kg – or just 500 kg less than the diesel variants. Ford says the EV van’s “generous payload allowance” will help “adventurous owners carry friends, family and sports equipment with ease, and business operators transport customers and their luggage efficiently”.

The Tourneo Custom range will also features Ford’s latest suite of advanced driver assistance systems, including a number of features available on the model for the first time, such as Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centring, Reverse Brake Assist, as well as Fully Active Park Assist.



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