The current Ford Transit van, hugely popular in Europe, has been around in current form since 2006. Having paid its dues, it’s due to be replaced soon, and here’s a look at what’s to come. This is the Ford Tourneo Custom Concept that will debut in Geneva next month, and it speaks the same Kinetic Design language as Ford’s passenger cars.

Besides showing off the new look, the Tourneo Concept previews the all-new family of one-tonne Transit people movers and commercial vehicles for Europe and Asia, to debut later this year. “Car-like qualities and “car-like appeal” are repeated throughout the press release, and the next Transit’s busy dashboard is instantly recognisable as a current Ford effort.

“We set out to create a design with clean, futuristic lines and with a real sense of occasion. With its sportier stance, bold rising shoulder line and flush glazing, the Tourneo Custom Concept brings something fresh and exciting to this class of people mover. By applying the latest Kinetic Design principles, the design has a completely new style and drama,” explained Paul Campbell, chief designer, Ford of Europe.

The rear seats are a completely new design, which can be easily folded into multiple configurations, or removed completely. In the concept vehicle, the luxurious and spacious feel of the interior is further enhanced by an exclusive two-tone colour scheme, featuring hand-stitched leather seats with cloth inserts.

Features usually found in passenger cars include Auto-Start-Stop and Smart Regenerative Charging, SYNCvoice-activated ICE, Emergency Assistance enabled by SYNC, rear camera integrated into the rear view mirror and Lane Departure Warning + Driver Alert.

The production Transit range will be powered by enhanced versions of the new 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engine, initially introduced in 2011. All versions (100 PS, 125 PS, 155 PS) are paired with a six-speed manual transmission and FWD. The range will include a wide choice of body styles and SWB/LWB options.

“Our forthcoming new range gives us the opportunity to appeal to new customers with a fresh new direction, and we have seized that opportunity with both hands. The Tourneo Custom’s car-like qualities will be appreciated by a broad range of business and leisure customers,” said Stephen Odell, chairman and CEO of Ford Europe.

This class of vehicle, not to be confused with luxury MPVs like the Toyota Alphard, is under represented in Malaysia – only Hyundai has bothered so far with the Starex, which sells decently. We recently posted about Volkswagen assembling the T5 Transporter in Indonesia. Will Euro style passenger vans ever catch on here?