Ford Transit Tourneo Custom Concept unveiled ahead of Geneva debut image

This is the Ford Transit Tourneo concept ‘people mover’ which will be unveiled next month at the Geneva show.

Developed for the European and Asian markets (but not for U.S.), the Tourneo passenger range will launch this year, with the related Transit commercial range will follow before the beginning of 2013.

“One look at the Tourneo Custom Concept is enough to tell you that it will inject an exciting new spirit into the personal use segment,” said Stephen Odell, chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe.

“Our forthcoming new range gives us the opportunity to appeal to new customers with a fresh new direction, and we have seized that opportunity with both hands.”

Transit Tourneo is powered by a 114kW 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engine. The engine will also be available in 74kW and 92kW tunes across the Tourneo and Transit ranges, and will be equipped standard with stop-start technology as Ford targets class-leading fuel economy.

Visually, the sleek Tourneo concept adopts the “Kinetic Design” language that graces other Ford products; notably, the front fascia and grille look remarkably like those of the new Focus, Fusion, and Escape.

The concept vehicle also wears LED running lights and smart 18-inch alloy wheels.

That said, the Tourneo does offer some solid specs for a van: eight-seat configuration for personal use and executive shuttle applications; claimed car-like handling dynamics; a driver-focused cockpit; and Ford’s love-it-or-hate-it SYNC system.