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THE LUXURIOUS NEW FORD TOURNEO CUSTOM LIMITED
17 Dec 2019
Julian Lurie edited by Liam Mothilall
Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa has sent out a media release with the details on the new luxuriously appointed range-topping model to the Tourneo Custom line-up in South Africa, introducing a high level of exclusivity to its versatile people-mover. The new Tourneo Custom Limited is available in a short-wheelbase configuration only and joins the existing Ambiente and Trend long-wheelbase derivatives that were launched last year with fresh new styling.
Doreen Mashinini, the General Manager of Marketing at Ford South Africa MCSA says that it's easy to see why the Tourneo Custom is one of the top-selling people-movers in Europe, as it offers exceptional flexibility with outstanding levels of space and comfort for a wide range of applications. The Tourneo Custom Limited adds a luxurious dimension to this model range, making it ideal as a practical and spacious vehicle for active families, or to serve as an up-market shuttle providing first-class travel.
As with the existing Tourneo Custom range, the Limited features a classy five-bar trapezoidal chrome-finish grille, accompanied by slim headlamps that are purposefully styled to seamlessly flow into the eye-catching crease lines of the bodywork, adding dynamic flair to the overall design. The headlamps incorporate daytime running lights, automatic headlight activation and manual headlamp levelling. Rectangular front fog lamps, housed in a chromed bezel, are positioned on the outer edges of the front bumper to give the Tourneo Custom an athletic stance. Full colour-coding sets the Limited model apart from the rest of the range, incorporating body colour finishes for the side mouldings. The polished look is complemented by 16-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels.
The cabin is equally sophisticated, with high-class 'Salerno' partial leather trim unique to the Limited model and used for the front seats and as well as the second and third-row seats. Both front seats benefit from a heating function for cold days, manual lumbar adjustment for the front passenger seat, while the driver seat offers 10-way power adjustment for optimal comfort. The Tourneo Custom Limited benefits from the wide range of interior refinements that were introduced with the new range in 2018, including improved trim throughout, from the headliner to the side panels and carpets, with a greater emphasis on craftsmanship and appearance. The upscale materials reinforce the overall impression of quality and attention to detail. It also gains the enhanced sound reduction package in the rear cabin, ensuring outstanding ride comfort and overall refinement regardless of where the passengers are seated. An extremely effective air-conditioning system with vents for all three rows guarantees optimized heating or cooling for all occupants.
Tourneo Custom owners enjoy the ultimate flexibility and convenience in configuring and using the spacious cabin to suit their particular needs. Both rear seat rows can be folded flat, tumbled, stowed in multiple positions or removed completely. This allows the vehicle to be easily adapted to maximize people-moving ability or load-carrying capacity. The Limited is exclusively offered in short-wheelbase configuration, with a 2 933mm wheelbase and 4 972mm overall length, 367mm less in both cases compared to the long-wheelbase Ambiente and Trend variants which makes it easier to manoeuvre in everyday driving situations.
Common to the Trend and Limited derivatives is a rearview camera, while front and rear parking sensors are provided across the range to assist with positioning the vehicle in tight spaces. The Tourneo Custom range incorporates an extensive range of advanced driver assistance features as standard, including ABS brakes, Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) with Hill Launch Assist (HLA), Load Adaptive Control (LAC) and Roll-Over Mitigation (ROM). In Limited guise, a towbar is fitted as standard, which incorporates Trailer Hitch Assist as well as Trailer Sway Control that mitigates against a loss of control when towing. In the event of a collision, occupants are protected by dual front, side and full-length curtain airbags. Additionally, ISOFIX child seat mounting points are provided in the centre of the second and third-row seats, as well as on the driver's side in the middle row.
All models are equipped with a six-speaker audio system incorporating Bluetooth, USB and Aux connectivity, and steering wheel-mounted controls.
Electronic cruise control is standard across the range. The Tourneo Custom Limited is equipped with Ford's top-specification 2.2-litre four-cylinder Duratorq TDCi turbodiesel engine paired with a six-speed manual gearbox, which assures gutsy performance and superb fuel economy. Power is rated at 114KW at 3 500 r/min, upping the ante compared to the 74KW and 92KW units that power the Ambiente and Trend models respectively. The maximum torque output is 385NM from just 1 600 r/min versus the 310NM and 350NM outputs of the lower-spec models. This makes the Limited ideally suited to carrying a full complement of passengers, or exploiting its gross payload rating of 939kg, 24kg more than the LWB models. It is approved to tow a 1 600kg braked trailer or 750kg for unbraked trailers.
The recommended retail selling prices start at R568 700 for the 2.2 TDCi LWB Ambiente 74KW with a 6-speed manual gearbox, to R591 300 for the 2.2 TDCi LWB Trend 92 KW 6-speed manual transmission with the top-specification of the range, the 2.2 TDCi SWB Limited 114KW mated to the 6-speed manual transmission at R637 200. All models come standard with Ford Protect, comprising a four-year / 120 000 km comprehensive warranty, three-year / unlimited distance roadside assistance and five-year / unlimited km corrosion warranty. A six-year / 90 000 km service plan is included, with 15 000km service intervals.
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