BRENTWOOD, UK — Details of a new campervan, the first to be based on the new Ford Tourneo Custom from a UK converter, have been released ahead of its world debut at The Motorhome and Caravan Show at the NEC in Birmingham this October, states a press release from Autochannel.
Wellhouse Leisure, a UK market leader in award-winning compact campervan conversions, is the first to develop and launch a campervan version of the new Ford in the UK. With an elevating roof providing an extra large double bed, and a three-seat rear bench seat below, it can seat and sleep up to five people, and has a luxury specification, including comforts such as a heater, fridge, gas cooker and sink, with a hook-up for mains electricity.
The Ford Tourneo Custom’s new design makes an ideal base for a campervan thanks to its high specification and compact exterior dimensions similar to a large family estate car or MPV, states the release. At 4.97 meters long, with a turning circle of 10.9 meters, it is really easy to use as an everyday vehicle.
The new Tourneo Custom includes FordSYNC for hands-free music and phone calls, a leather-covered steering wheel with remote audio controls, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control, front fog lights and automatic headlights, plus heated windscreen and power-folding door mirrors. Prices are expected to start from under £39,995.
The 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCI engine offers Ford’s latest ECOnetic technology, with auto start/stop to deliver up to 43.5mpg and emissions from 172g/km.
Wellhouse Leisure will ensure its Ford Tourneo Custom conversion meets the strict European whole vehicle type approval, plus full National Caravan Council approval to meet UK standards.
David Elliott, managing director of Wellhouse Leisure, said: “This is a really exciting new model for the UK campervan market. We were really impressed with the new Ford Tourneo Custom when we first saw it and knew it would be an ideal base vehicle as a campervan conversion.
“The old Transit never struck the right chord with campervan customers, but the new Tourneo Custom looks really good and is great to drive, plus it comes with all the latest Ford technology to make convenient to live with, economical to run and much better value than most rivals.”
SOURCE: Autochannel press release