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Despite its huge commercial popularity, the Transit van is not your exciting means of transportation – though Ford aims to change that in Europe thanks to new additions to the roster.

Ford has decided the Transit Custom should get a new Black Edition packing “bold contrasts, sports style.” It’s mostly inspired by the Fiesta and Focus Red and Black editions, with the limited series Transit Custom coming from spring 2017 in new liveries: Deep Impact Blue, Race Red, Frozen White with Jet Black accents, and Absolute Black combined with Race Red contrasts. The van will only get 1,000 examples and all of the series limited production will come from the short-wheelbase model with the standard roof van body style in the 290 Trend series specification and the chassis settings of the Sport option. Under the hood will sit Ford’s brand new four-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine from the EcoBlue family bringing 170 horsepower to the road by means of a six-speed manual gearbox.

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In addition, the Transit Custom Sport family coming out of the 290 series Transit Custom model is going to have a total of eight different variations with the introduction of new body and seating options. All feature a slightly modified design with all body parts painted in the same color and with dual stripes on the hood in a contrasting color. Standard features will include new 17-inch wheels with a silver and black two-tone color combo, but there’s also the option of 18 inch models. Inside the cabin, the Transit Custom Sport has the Ford SYNC connectivity package and a rearview camera, partial leather upholstery including for the second and third rows. It also has the same 170-hp diesel and in this case there’s also the option of a new six-speed automatic on four of the versions. The Sport moniker is not just for show, as the Transit gets a thicker front anti-roll bar and a rear anti-roll bar, reworked suspension tuning and softer rear springs.