Ford has revealed the first details of its forthcoming passenger-carrying Tourneo Custom van ahead of its arrival early next year.

Presented ahead of the panel van version, of which details are set to emerge next week, the facelifted Tourneo Custom provides a hint as to what the panel van will look like.

Ford claimed the passenger-carrying van has been re-engineered to be more refined than the previous version – a key consideration when taking into account its target market of executive transport – with improved comfort and noise levels as well as technology from the car division.

The Tourneo is powered by the firm’s 2.0-litre diesel unit with a number of power options – 105hp, 130hp and 170hp – with the market-leading brand claiming that CO2 emissions start from 162g/km.

The exterior of the van features a new front end that is said to ape that of the car designs with a five-bar chrome grille as well as LED daytime running lights.

The interior of the van, meanwhile, also takes inspiration from the passenger car range which is claimed to be influenced by consumer interactions with smartphones and tablets.

The firm’s Sync3 communications system is also featured. This allows drivers to control audio, navigation and smartphones using voice commands, while a number of driver assistance systems, including an intelligent speed limiter, traffic sign recognition tool and cross traffic assist are also included.

“With the new Tourneo Custom, every passenger can enjoy the best seat in the house,” said Pete Reyes, vehicle line director, Ford of Europe. “This versatile people mover has been transformed from top to bottom, with a stylish interior that combines the comfort and quality of a luxury car with outstanding space and practicality.”