The 2018.5MY Ford Transit Custom one-tonne commercial vehicle is now in showrooms with a bold new exterior design, a redesigned car-like interior and enhanced connectivity for Australian innovators and entrepreneurs.  

The updated Transit Custom now features standard SYNC 3, reversing camera and front/rear parking sensors, with the availability of new  Driver Assist Technologyii including AEB, Adaptive Cruise Control and BLIS adding to the Transit Custom’s car-like comfort and features that have seen it awarded Medium Van of the Year at the inaugural Drive.com.au Commercial of the Year.  

“Transit Custom now offers van customers key driver assistance features such as AEB and BLIS,” said Ford Australia President and CEO, Graeme Whickman. “We’ve worked on bringing car-like drivability and features, such as SYNC 3, to Transit Custom, while maintaining high levels of safety, carrying and towing capabilities. We’re also extremely grateful that the team at Drive.com.au has independently rated it as the best van in its class at Commercial of the Year.” 

Transit Custom has recorded 41-per cent growth year-on-year in Australia, following significant upgrades in 2017. In addition to  the new optional Technology Pack including AEB, changes for 2018 include a five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty across all buyer types, with Transit 
Custom’s car-like comfort, safety and features enhanced to bring Australians more choice, greater equipment levels and new technology. 

Ford Transit Custom: Smart, smarter, smartest Transit Custom offers a high level of standard Safety and Driver Assist Technology including six airbags (driver, front passenger, front side-curtain and front-side seat airbags) and a comprehensive Dynamic Stability Control system. This features Side-wind Stabilization and Load Adaptive Control which helps improve drivability and reduce driver stress levels when the Transit Custom is heavily laden, while Rollover Mitigation, Trailer Sway Control, and Hill Launch Assist also make life on the road with a fully-loaded Transit Custom easier and more manageable. 

Transit Custom introduces a new optional Technology Pack that features additional Safety and Driver Assist Technology: 

  • Pre-Collision Assist (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection. Equipped with the latest radar and camera technologies, the system is even designed to help with the detection of pedestrians at night when they are illuminated by the vehicle’s headlamps.
  • Blind Spot Information System
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Warning with Driver Alert
  • Auto High Beam
  • Auto Headlamps
  • Rain-Sensing Wipers
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • High-series 4.2-inch colour cluster screen
  • MyKey
  • Heated Windshield

 “The offering of Autonomous Emergency Braking is an important step for the Van segment which is currently lagging well behind passenger cars when it comes to active safety features,” said ANCAP CEO, James Goodwin. “Ford is to be commended for making this step. Although it is an option, I urge customers to select this important safety technology that will help them and other road users.” 

The Transit Custom’s optional Technology Pack provide several useful functions which are particularly beneficial for commercial vehicle users. 

The Blind Spot Information System, using rear-facing radar sensors, is designed to aid in the detection of passing vehicles that may have entered or are approaching the blind spot zone, and alerts the driver with a warning light in the corresponding door mirror. The Transit Custom introduces a new Variable Rear Range feature, which provides drivers with an earlier warning if it detects that the passing vehicle is approaching with a higher closing speed. The updated model also has the latest generation sensors, with increased range and improved capabilities that include the ability to detect motorcycles.  

Rear Cross Traffic Alert uses the same sensors and is designed to warn drivers reversing out of a parking space of vehicles or bicycles that may soon be crossing behind them, alerting them with an audible warning, a message in the instrument cluster, and a warning light in the door mirror. Activated when drivers select reverse gear, the system is ideal for vans that often have restricted visibility to the rear and sides when exiting a parking space. This feature works in conjunction with Transit Custom’s standard 8.0-inch full-colour reversing camera and rear-parking sensors.  

Dynamic styling and cabin for the perfect mobile office 
The 2018.5MY Transit Custom has a dynamic and professional new front-end appearance that shares the same design DNA as Ford’s latest passenger cars, with a high-mounted trapezoidal grille and dynamic, slim headlamps. Daytime running lamps and front fog lamps are now standard, and the new covered sliding door track enhances the Transit Custom’s road presence. 

The refreshed model maintains the Transit reputation for delivering generous load-carrying ability, with innovative loadspace features such as the load-through hatch in the bulkhead for extra-long items, and the standard integrated roof rack that can be folded away when not in use. 

New for 2018.5MY, Transit Custom is offered in Australia with a high roof option for the first time on both SWB and LWB variants, providing customers with the ability to further increase the vehicle’s impressive load-carrying ability. Additionally, factory-fitted windows are now available on both single and dual side load door executions. Customers can continue to customise their Transit Custom to suit their needs, with more than 100 exterior colours available to choose from, and new optional 16” alloy wheels. 

The cabin interior is completely new, with an instrument panel based on Ford’s new interior design philosophy which offers an attractive, user-centric layout that is influenced by consumer interactions with smart devices and tablets. 

Based around strong horizontal design elements that emphasize the width of the cabin, the new instrument panel features attractive and hard-wearing materials, and is packed with practical touches designed for drivers who treat the cabin like a mobile office during long working hours in their vehicle. 

The new design further improves the interior stowage, with up to 25 litres of space offered in the instrument panel alone, including three convenient open bins on its upper surface with space for clipboards or mobile devices, and generous glove box stowage capable of storing hanging A4 files in the lower closed compartment.  

Further new practical features include a fold-out cup holder beneath the gear lever, adding to the cup holders and two-litre bottle holders at each end of the instrument panel. The door panels have also been completely redesigned for improved stowage and usability, with three large stowage spaces and a practical new grab handle integrated with the decorative door trim. 

For the driver, all-new displays and control panels have been designed for enhanced ergonomics and ease of use, featuring a floating, tablet-inspired 8.0-inch colour touchscreen with Ford’s  SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system that can be operated with pinch and swipe gestures.  

SYNC 3 enables Transit Custom drivers to control audio, navigation and connected compatible smartphones using simple, conversational voice commands. Simply by pushing a button and saying “I need fuel”, “I need a coffee”, or “find an address”, drivers can locate nearby fuel stations, cafés, or the location of their next job. SYNC 3 has even been developed to recognise the Australian accent for voice commands, and is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™iii. USB and 12-volt power sockets are located in the upper stowage bin in front of the driver, and alongside the gear lever, for easy device charging.  

Satellite-navigation is available as an option with a Manufacturer’s List Price of $600*, however the 2018.5MY Transit Custom launches with a special recommended offer where this feature is included at no extra cost across all buyer types. 

All-day comfort is further enhanced by new seat designs featuring revised foam padding and geometry for optimised support, while trim materials have been completely renewed throughout the cabin, with a focus on outstanding quality, durability and appearance. This includes seat fabrics that have been subjected to Ford’s toughest ever abrasion tests.  

On the move, standard features making the day easier for Transit Custom include Cruise Control with Adjustable Speed Limiting Device, leather-wrap steering wheel, power windows with one-touch up/down operation for the driver and remote central locking.  

Transit: The Automatic Choice Chosen as the first-ever Drive.com.au Medium Van of the Year, Transit Custom has built in significant upgrades introduced in 2017. A new highly-advanced, new-generation turbodiesel was introduced to Australian customers, teamed with a 6-speed automatic, delivering new levels of refinement, comfort and broadening Transit’s customer appeal that has seen a 41-per cent increase in Australian sales in the past 12 months.  

Transit Custom: for the long-haul Australian Transit Custom buyers benefit from Ford’s best in class (light commercial vehicles) standard warranty of five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty. Importantly, Transit Custom’s five-year warranty is available to all buyer-types, and adds to a comprehensive after sales package available to eligible customers at participating dealers, including Ford’s Service Price Promise, Loan Car Program and MapCare data updates on sat-nav equipped models.  

The Transit Custom also features long 30,000km / 12 month service intervals, allowing drivers to stay on the road longer in between services.

Ford Transit Custom Manufacturers List Pricing Recommended Manufacturer List Prices (MLP)* for 2018.5MY Transit Custom and available options:

Transit Custom

MLP*

300S SWB 2.0L Ford EcoBlue 6MT (new)

$40,990

300S SWB 2.0L Ford EcoBlue 6MT - High Roof (new)

$42,490

300S SWB 2.0L Ford EcoBlue 6AT

$43,790

300S SWB 2.0L Ford EcoBlue 6AT - High Roof (new)

$45,290

340L LWB 2.0L Ford EcoBlue 6MT

$42,990

340L LWB 2.0L Ford EcoBlue 6MT - High Roof (new)

$44,490

340L LWB 2.0L Ford EcoBlue 6AT

$45,790

340L LWB 2.0L Ford EcoBlue 6AT - High Roof (new)

$47,290

This is the manufacturer's list price for the vehicle only. A number of other components, including a dealer delivery fee, stamp duty, registration, compulsory third party insurance and other statutory charges may be payable by a customer in relation to the purchase of this vehicle. The final transaction price for the vehicle will be as negotiated by the customer with their chosen Ford Dealer.

Ford Transit Custom Options

MLP*

Prestige Paint

$600

SVO Paint

$1,250

High Roof (new)

$1,500 (included in MLPs above)

Technology Pack (new)

  • Pre-Collision Assist (AEB with Pedestrian Detection)
  • BLIS with rear Cross Traffic Alert (CTA)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Warning with Driver Alert
  • Auto High Beam
  • Auto Headlamps / Auto Wipers
  • High-series 4.2-inch colour instrument cluster
  • Heated windshield
  • MyKey
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

$1,600

Satellite Navigation

$600 
(note: Free on all 2018.5MY models)

Rear Cargo Door Liftgate

$550

Rear Side Window (on side load door) (new)

$350

Dual Side Load Doors

$1,000

Dual Side Load Doors with Rear Side Windows (new)

$1,700

16-inch alloy wheels (new)

$1,000

Recommended MLP only. As always, the offer price of any vehicle or option is entirely at the discretion of the Dealer. Prices shown exclude Dealer delivery and statutory charges. 

i Not all SYNC® 3 features are compatible with all phones. For compatibility, see ford.com.au/sync. Local laws may prohibit the use of some functions. Apple CarPlay is a trademark of Apple Inc. registered in the US and other countries. Android Auto is a trademark of Google Inc.
ii Driver-assist features are supplemental and do not replace the driver’s attention, judgment and need to control the vehicle. May not operate in some driving and road conditions (including at certain speeds) or adverse weather.
iii Not all SYNC® 3 features are compatible with all phones. For compatibility, see ford.com.au/sync. Local laws may prohibit the use of some functions. Apple CarPlay is a trademark of Apple Inc. registered in the US and other countries. Android Auto is a trademark of Google Inc.

Hyundai is pleased to announce an expanded and upgraded model line-up for the popular iLoad commercial van and iMax people mover.

A refreshed family look introduces modern styling enhancements to the range, while new comfort and luxury features are available for the first time in the newly introduced iMax Elite model.

Refreshed exterior design
The front of the 2019 iLoad and iMax receives the biggest change in the model’s lifecycle, featuring a flowing black bar grille with a chrome lip surround tying into the new headlight design and surrounding. The bold new grille design is further enhanced on the iMax Elite with chrome bar inserts. While a newly designed front bumper incorporates fog lamps on the iMax.

New convenience features
For the first time the iLoad and iMax range offers a two-dimensional steering column enabling drivers to adjust the steering wheel’s position in both height and depth. The range also receives a new instrument cluster design with trip computer, updated 7” touch screen multimedia system and refreshed cloth interior.

The newly introduced iMax Elite brings luxury features such as beige leather appointed interior, dual sunroofs and heated front seats (also ventilated on the driver’s seat) to the range for the first time.

2019 iMax range
Combined with new styling enhancements, the iMax line-up has been restructured to offer more choice, more luxury, and more value. The Active model represents the best value iMax ever, while luxury items are now being offered for the first time with the new Elite model. iMax is now exclusively available with an automatic transmission as standard.

The 2019 iMax range upgrades include:

  • New grille design with chrome lip surround
  • Enhanced Projector beam headlamps with automatic dusk sensing
  • Tilt and telescopic steering column
  • Electric folding mirrors with integrated side indicators
  • New design instrument cluster with trip computer
  • Updated 7” touch screen multimedia system (first featured on Kona) with 6 speakers

New for 2019 iMax Elite model features:

  • Full beige leather appointed interior
  • Two-tone colour dashboard layout
  • New 17” alloy wheel design (with full size alloy spare)
  • Electro-chromatic rear view mirror
  • Chrome bar grille inserts
  • Heated drive and front passenger seats
  • Ventilated driver’s seat
  • Dual sunroofs

2019 iLoad range 

For 2019 iLoad also receives a host of styling and feature upgrades, while maintaining the current body style and drivetrain availability.

The 2019 iLoad range upgrades include:

  • New grille design with chrome lip surround
  • Automatic dusk sensing headlamps
  • Tilt & telescopic steering column
  • New design instrument cluster with trip computer
  • Updated 7” touch screen multimedia system (first featured on Kona)

The new Renault Trafic combines the strengths of its predecessor with a series of key improvements. In addition to its new, robust and dynamic design which features the Renault brand’s new styling cues, new Trafic is even bigger, making it more comfortable and practical than ever. The front and rear overhangs have been extended by 10cm and 11cm respectively, while maximum load lengths of 3.75m and 4.15m for the L1 and L2 versions respectively establish a new benchmark for the market. At the same time, the bulkhead has been located 3cm further back in order to enhance comfort inside the extensively revised cabin. Designed to serve as a mobile office, its cabin features a raft of bespoke equipment options, including mobile phone and tablet cradles, space for a laptop computer, and a removable A4-size clipboard to simplify the lives of business customers. New Trafic is powered by the R9M engine which is available with either one (dCi 90) or two (Energy dCi 140) turbochargers. The new Energy dCi 140 features Stop & Start as standard. New Trafic combines performance with fuel efficiency and consumes just 6.2 litres/100km and emits just 164g of CO2. This represents a fuel saving of 2.1 litres/100km compared to the previous Trafic MT.

Commenting on the launch of the new Renault Trafic, Justin Hocevar, Managing Director Renault Australia, said: “The all-new Renault Trafic is an exceptional product and we are thrilled to be introducing it to Australia. In recent years we have seen the popularity of the Renault Trafic soar to third in its segment and we are confident the new model will build on this success. “We have a broad range of options to suit all business needs and combined with the exceptionally smooth and quiet driving experience of the new model, the all-new Trafic stacks up strongly against the competition,” said Hocevar.

The entry point for the range is the short-wheelbase L1H1 with dCi 90 engine. Its core features include a height adjustable driver’s seat with armrest, 3-abreast seating, left side loading door (unglazed), reach and rake adjustable steering wheel, electric front windows, electric heated door mirrors, spare wheel, remote central locking (three button key) with separate locking for the cargo area plus 16 anchorage points.  New features include ESC with HSA (Hill Start Assist) and Grip Xtend (advanced traction control system to cope with loose surfaces such as mud, sand and fresh snow, etc.), rear parking sensors, plus Bluetooth audio and telephone and USB connectivity, all fitted as standard. Next up is the new twin-turbo ENERGY dCi 140 engine available in either short-wheelbase L1H1 or long-wheelbase L2H1. The L1H1 dCi 140 has an RRP of $36,990 while the L2H1 dCi 140 has an RRP of $38,490. The twin-turbo ENERGY dCi 140 engine adds several items of equipment centred around its positioning as the perfect mobile office. Namely, a front bench seat which includes a folding centre passenger seat with removable A4 clipboard, 54 litres of extra storage under seat and laptop storage. Also offered as standard are automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, full steel bulkhead with load-through facility (up to 4.15m in the long wheelbase version), a leather steering wheel and a high-definition reversing camera.

In keeping with its state-of-the-art engines, new Trafic offers a full complement of high-tech and well thought out options. Allowing customers to upgrade comfort, convenience and technology features, Renault Australia will offer three option packs to be fitted at the factory of the Twin Turbo models – Pro Pack, Premium Pack and Lifestyle Pack.

The Pro Pack will have an RRP of $1,290 and includes:

  • Driver and passenger lateral airbags
  • Wide-view mirror
  • Phone cradle
  • Full plywood cargo lining
  • Anti-slip timber floor

The Premium Pack has an RRP of $1,990 and includes:

  • Driver and passenger lateral airbags
  • Wide-view mirror
  • Phone cradle
  • MediaNav 7" touchscreen multimedia and navigation system
  • Arkamys sound system radio (2x20W)
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Java cloth upholstery
  • Premium dashboard with closed storage compartment, chrome-plated instrument panel rings, glossy black side air vent surrounds, chrome-plated gear knob trim, leather covered gear knob and chrome-plated speaker surround
  • Heated seats

The Lifestyle Pack has an RRP of $2,490 and includes:

  • Driver and passenger lateral airbags
  • Wide-view mirror
  • Phone cradle
  • MediaNav 7" touchscreen multimedia and navigation system
  • Arkamys sound system radio (2x20W)
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Java cloth upholstery
  • Premium dashboard with closed storage compartment, chrome-plated instrument panel rings, glossy black side air vent surrounds, chrome-plated gear knob trim, leather covered gear knob and chrome-plated speaker surround
  • Heated seats
  • Automatic climate control
  • Hands-free key card
  • Body coloured front bumper
  • Body coloured rear light column
  • Body coloured door rail

One of the particularly user-friendly options in the new Trafic is the Wide View Mirror which is set in the passenger side sun visor and more than doubles the line of sight to the rear.

Two diesel engines are available to power new Trafic. Each one is a Euro 5 compliant, 1.6-litre, in either single or twin-turbo guise, designed to also comply with Euro6b emissions legislation. The dCi 90 is reserved solely for the entry-level L1H1, with the new ENERGY dCi 140, available on both the L1H1 and L2H1. Stop & Start is standard on the ENERGY dCi 140 powerplant. The dCi 90 produces an impressive 260 Nm of torque while the new ENERGY dCi 140 produces a staggering 340 Nm of torque with 270 Nm available from just 1,250 rpm. Average fuel economy has improved by 2.1 litres per 100km across the range, with class-leading 6.2 litres per 100km on the combined cycle and emissions of only 164 grams CO2 per kilometre. New Trafic can be specified in one of ten body colours, including six metallic. New for 2015 are Bamboo Green, Copper Brown and Laser Red.

Australian sales commenced on 1st May 2015. Full Australian range launch pricing for the new Trafic is outlined below:

  • Trafic L1H1 dCi 90 RRP - $33,490
  • Trafic L1H1 dCi 140 RRP - $36,990
  • Trafic L2H1 dCi 140 RRP - $38,490

The new Trafic has a 3 year/200,000 kilometre warranty and is eligible for Renault’s Capped Price Servicing program of just $349 per calendar year for the first three scheduled services. The new Trafic has a best-in-class service interval of one year or up to 30,000km whichever comes first.