According to reports, Ford is making final touches before unveiling the 2018 Ford Tourneo Courier anytime this second half of 2017. The model was earlier in the year spotted doing test runs in the cold weather all the way in Northern Sweden. The model, according to rumors and spy shots will have a host of new features. Although details about the model have been scanty, we have managed to gather credible details about how the upcoming Tourneo Courier will look like and how it will feel like to drive. Read along for more.
2018 Ford Tourneo Courier Exterior
As of now, all we have are spy shots of a camouflaged model undergoing cold weather testing. Except for that, we also have spy shots of the model being carried from one Ford design house to another; this time the model was hidden in the current body making it difficult to tell the kind of upgrades the automaker will feature on the model. However, according to rumors, the model will still be based on the Ford B3 platform. The model’s size will remain unchanged; it has a length of 163.7 inches, width of 77.7 inches and a height of 67.7 inches. It has a wheelbase of 98 inches.
The front end will likely remain the same with the same trapezoid-shaped grille but we are likely to see some changes on the bumper as well as an upgrade of the headlights. The graphics of its LED DRLs may also be revised. On the sides, the Tourneo Courier will ride on 16-inch alloy wheels with an option for 17-inch and 18-inch alloy rollers.
On the inside, the model will feature an array of upgrades that will fall under its three trim levels, the Ambiente, Pattern and the top Titanium trim. The model will have comfortable seats upholstered in leather. The Courier can accommodate either 5 passengers or 7 passengers depending on the buyer’s preferences. The model may also get a 7.0-inch touch-screen in place of the 6.5-inch unit on the current model. The screen will host the automakers SYNC2 infotainment system. The steering wheel will likely be wrapped in leather just as is the case in the current model. There will also be a climate control system to help keep things cool in the cabin.
For safety, the model will have a full package of airbags, ABS as well as a number of autonomous safety features; most of these will, however, be optional.
Engine and performance
As of this writing, it is not clear which engines the automaker will use on the 2018 Ford Tourneo Courier. However, there is a high chance that the current lineup of engines will continue unchanged. There are currently three engines starting with a 1.0 L, 3-cylinder EcoBoost mill that produces 100 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque. This engine returns 45 mpg on combined drives and takes 12.3 seconds to accelerate from 0-60mph, a conservative figure for a van. It has a top speed of 108 mph. The model is also powered by a 1.6 L, 4-cylinder mill good for 95 hp and 159 lb-ft of torque. This mill is more economical with an EPA rating of 64 mpg. It has a top speed of 106 mph and accelerates from 0-60 mph in 14 seconds. The last engine is a 1.5 L, 4-cylinder TDCi mill that produces 75 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque. The engine has an EPA rating of 70 mpg.
All engines will be paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox that sends power to the front wheels. All models feature automatic start/stop system to help conserve gas.
Price and release date
Ford is yet to reveal the prices of the upcoming 2018 Ford Tourneo Courier. However, I expect prices to remain relatively unchanged. As such, expect the base models to start at around $22,000 with top trims costing around $30,000. The models will be released in the coming second half of 2017.