Ford Announces the Launch of the Tourneo Concept this Year
|   Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Ford has announced the launch of yet another van based on the highly successful Transit. Tagged the Tourneo Concept, this van proves how luxurious yet effective these vehicles have turned out to be. Vans have evolved over the years and they represent luxury and long rides in the modern world. The driving ergonomics of vans have also developed over the years and these vehicles do not drive much differently from an overgrown hatch back.

The Customs is a different variety of Transit vehicles sporting low ridden roof lines, shorter wheel base, double capped windows, jumbo and Kombi.
Ford has labeled the Tourneo Concept as the most farfetched vehicle developed by the firm and the best till date and the reasons stated are pretty simple. It is equipped with the highest level of luxury possible in a van, is fuel efficient, drives well and packs in quite an amount of space. These factors define the utility of a van and the Tourneo Concept seems to have got all the basic points right.

The 2.2 liter petrol engine from Ford displacing 153 BHP has been used on the Tourneo Concept and the engine has been mated to a six speed manual transmission system for added performance enhancement. With a reduction in overall weight and wheel base, an increase in performance is expected. The company claimed top speed is 100 MPH while 0 – 60 MPH comes in around 12.5 seconds flat.

248 ft lb of torque is constantly working on the vehicle and this enhances performance to such an extent. The longer wheelbase is quite and smooth and being a petrol engine, the Tourneo Concept is quite a refined vehicle. Cabin space is high and the driver's seat has lifted up higher and is upright. This gives a clear view up front and the side mirrors have been placed abruptly in order to provide a commanding view of the rear.

The driver has nothing to complain about the vehicle in terms of driving as well as Ford has made sure that the Tourneo Concept is easy and comfortable to drive. The suspension settings are also quite advanced and the under seat suspension also makes the ride comfortable. The seats provide adequate thigh support and this makes long drives quite comfortable. The experts believe if the production model of the Tourneo can sport these features, the vehicle could be the best selling van in the ranks quite soon.

Load carrying capability of the Tourneo Concept is also quite high and the vehicle can even tow when necessary. Cruising over asphalt is the primary capability of the Tourneo Concept and the vehicle can also venture out on soft roads. However, the Tourneo Concept is not an ardent off roader and it should not be used as one.

The suspension settings have been adjusted to allow the vehicle to cruise on road and corners should be carefully maneuvered as well. Body roll is present and hence the van should not be pushed into corners at high speeds.
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