Basically the Ford Transit is a practical van for small businesses, but the new concept unveiled at the Galpin Auto Sports shows how wrong this preconception is.
The Transit Skyliner Concept luxury van has been designed by Ford Motor Company and manufactured by Galpin Auto Sports. The concept has been created to prove the versatility, flexibility and capability of the new Transit to transform itself and offer the standards of high-end and limousines transportation services, but also reach expectations of small-business owners, shuttle providers and commercial fleets.
“Traveling in Transit Skyliner is an experience unlike any other,” says Tim Stoehr, Ford manager for commercial truck marketing.
“You step into the vehicle and are immediately immersed in the custom interior and high-tech audiovisual environment. The next thing you know, you are arriving at your destination.”
The exterior custom silver metallic paint beautifully contrasts the chrome highlights, the lower trim and the custom Forgiato wheels. The design is dynamic and modern, exactly what the automaker wants the all-new Transit to offer to its European customers.
Once inside, the Transit Skyliner can be transformed into four modes: theater, business, travel and reception.
In the theater mode the seats are oriented towards a 52-inch retractable Stewart movie screen and they can also recline for the best cinematic viewing.
The Business mode gathers the leather-trimmed seats around a motorized table which unfolds for a face-to-face conversation. The Travel mode gives passengers the possibility to adjust the retractable footrests and reclining seats for the optimum comfort. The Reception mode is for entertainment at an event or party, so the sliding doors can be opened four feet wide and the seats can be arranged according to the needs.
The concept has integrated a Creston automation system which can be controlled from the smartphone or the tablet, LED mood lighting, Focal Utopia 7.2 surround sound and speakers manufactured in France especially for the Transit Skyliner, a Kaleidescape media server which can store more than 1,000 DVDs or more than 300 Blu-ray movies and also a KVH DIRECTV satellite for HD TV.
The Transit Skyliner is fitted with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, also available for Ford Transit, and has487 cubic feetof cargo volume. The 2015 Transit, which is to hit the market this summer, will come with two wheelbases, three powertrains and three roof heights.
The Transit Skyliner will make its debut among auto shows with the New York Intenrational Auto Show next week at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
“Transit Skyliner is the ultimate expression of a custom Transit,” Stoehr added.
“We created the vehicle to highlight the potential of the Ford Transit platform for the limousine market and to showcase Transit as the next generation of modern, cool, fuel-efficient vans.”