By Ronan Glon
Sunday, Dec 9th, 2012 @ 5:49 pm
 

Ford's European division has lifted the veil off of the Transit Custom Sport. Aimed at the top end of the commercial van segment, it is scheduled to hit showrooms across Europe in the first half of 2013.

The Transit Custom Sport wears a more dynamic design than its strictly commercial siblings. It is offered in six metallic colors which can be complemented by racing stripes applied to the hood and the front bumper. To finish off the track-inspired look, the van comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels mounted on low profile tires.

Ford did not release any pictures of the Transit Custom's interior but it promises that it is considerably better-finished than the regular Transit. Expect leather upholstery, a beefier audio system and the company's touch-screen-based SYNC infotainment system to be part of the package.

Under the Transit's hood lies a 2.2-liter Duratorq turbodiesel four-cylinder engine that makes 155 horsepower and 284 lb-ft. of torque. It is bolted to a six-speed manual transmission that sends power to the front wheels.

Only offered with a short wheelbase, the Transit Custom Sport will carry a base price of €34,950 (roughly $45,500) when it goes on sale in Germany. At the time of writing Ford does not plan on offering the van in the United States.