Ford is expanding its Tourneo range with the addition of two six-speed automatic models for the first time.

Available in Trend and Limited trims, the new Ford Tourneo Custom Bus models are powered by the latest-generation 2.0-litre Single Turbo engine.

The engine in the Trend model churns out 96 kW of power and 385 Nm of torque while the top-spec Tourneo Custom Limited delivers 136 kW and 415 Nm of torque.

Both models also get a completely new interior. The Limited model spawns Ford’s SYNC®3 with an integrated eight-inch touchscreen. The interior also boasts soft-touch surfaces and detailing with chrome gloss black finishes. The new instrument cluster, displays and control panels have also been reworked.

There is a new three-spoke steering wheel borrowed from Ford’s latest passenger vehicle’s designs.

The new SYNC®3 incorporates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. To keep the system up to date, periodic over-the-air software updates for SYNC®3 can be downloaded via Wi-Fi, once it is set up on a trusted wireless network.

The Trend model is equipped with a 4.0-inch screen that uses a simpler version of SYNC.

Both models come equipped with a total of 8 USB ports as well as an integrated 230v power socket at an additional charge.

Safety comes courtesy of airbags, ESP, HLA, ROM, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, EBD and EBA. Optional extras include front and rear parking sensors and Blind Spot Detection System with Cross Traffic Alert and trailer coverage.

There is a standard cruise control system while Ford’s advanced Adaptive Cruise Control can be ordered at an additional cost as well as enhanced lighting package.

The new automatic models are equipped as standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, while the existing manual derivatives retain 16-inch rims.

Colour choices comprise Frozen White, Race Red and Blazer Blue solid colours, along with a variety of attractive metallic options: Moondust Silver, Diffused Silver, Magnetic Grey, Orange Glow and Blue Metallic.

  • 2.0 SiT Trend 6AT R700 200
  • 2.0 SiT Limited 6AT R740 900

All models come standard with Ford Protect, comprising a four-year/120 000km comprehensive warranty, three-year/unlimited distance roadside assistance and five-year/unlimited km corrosion warranty. A six-year/90 000km service plan is included, with 15 000km service intervals.