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Transit Nugget: Ford’s fitted van gets a makeover!

A few weeks before its great rival Volkswagen California, Ford updates its camper van, the Transit Nugget. A reduced motorhome that offers many amenities, several sleeping places and new features…

It is a trend that is gaining more and more followers in France: the “Van life”. You know, this practice of going on a trip, for the holidays or for a weekend, aboard a converted van. More easily maneuverable and less fuel-hungry than classic motorhomes (caroline, low-profile or integral), they offer, depending on the model chosen, several beds in a compact format. But also the conveniences of use of this type of vehicle, such as storage, a kitchenette, and possibly a water point. In the past, it was mainly specialized coachbuilders (Chausson, Pilote, Adria, etc.) who made sure to transform production vans into leisure models. But today, traditional manufacturers are also surfing this waveto hope to have their share of the cake…

Volkswagen, Renault, Mercedes-Benz et Ford

The leader is unquestionably Volkswagen, whose “Westfalia” Combis have been flooding the roads of the world for several decades. Now called California, the range includes the Transporter van (California) and the larger Crafter (Grand California). A success that has given ideas to others… This is how Renault has been marketing its Trafic SpaceNomadet Mercedes-Benz son Marcopolobased on Vito. At Ford, it’s the Transit Nugget who has this role! Based on the Transit Custom, an intermediate van within the range, it has been renewed today in a whole new generation. This follows the renewal of the van, which arrived last spring in France. The first notable development is the platform and the chassis, which have been completely revised. Adoption of independent rear suspension contributes to the comfort of the dampingand overall to a reduction of noise pollution on board.

full of ingenuity

In the passenger compartment, the upscaling compared to the previous generation is obvious. The dashboard is new, the materials covering the furniture and the walls more opulent. Above all, this new Nugget is full of ingenuity. The retractable roof makes it possible to accommodate two beds, but also to stand up in the living space. This includes a functional kitchenettewhich offers a refrigerator, a sink with hot water system (standard), and integrated plates. In back, the tailgate accommodates a shower, which can be supplemented with an optional “privacy wall”. There is also space to store table and folding chairs in the boot. A 7-inch touchscreen lets you adjust temperature, lighting, and water levels. Multiple charging ports are available, while a solar roof is offered as an option. It will be available in 170 horsepower dieselbut also, and for the first time, in version 232 horsepower plug-in hybrid. This new Nugget therefore has everything of a motorhome, but in a reduced and clever format!

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