First Look

Subsequent-gen, Transit-based campervan will get a contemporary structure and new tech. Plus, a PHEV is on the way in which!

That is the all-new Ford Nugget campervan, revealed immediately with an overhauled structure and a myriad of recent options to make your subsequent vacation as hassle-free as a six-hour highway journey to Devon can presumably be.

Developed in partnership with Westfalia, the Nugget leans closely on the Tourneo Customized for its cabin, which means a brand new dashboard with 13in touchscreen, however extra importantly a flat, lowered flooring that makes transferring round inside much less of a visit frenzy.

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The inside has been divvied up into zones, with separate areas for cooking, residing and sleeping. There’s house for 2 double beds as soon as the roof (now comprised of self-folding cloth) has been raised, and the entrance seats are of the rotating captain selection as you’d count on from a camper.

Ford claims the brand new Nugget is extra ergonomic than earlier than, with an L-shaped kitchen permitting for 20 per cent extra worktop house and a brand new drawer fridge for simpler entry. Scorching water is commonplace too, so no extra scrubbing pans with ice chilly washing up liquid.

In the meantime a flip-up mattress permits for higher headroom, and the rear bench is mounted onto a monitor. A rear-mounted bathe becoming is commonplace, although the accompanying privateness tent (which we’d positively need) is non-obligatory.

Oh, and Ford guarantees built-in storage places for stuff just like the out of doors desk and chairs. Helpful. And built-in curler blinds take the trouble out of stopping these dawn-induced 5am wake-ups.

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What else? There’s a 7in touchscreen to provide you management of assorted features, together with the temper lighting. Rear passengers get audio system and USB-C sockets, and as per the entrance seats the three-seat bench is heated. Wi-fi charging and 5G connectivity is thrown in too.

“Nugget is about serving to homeowners uncover new locations – and with the additional consolation, connectivity and PHEV possibility of the brand new mannequin, they will go additional than ever,” stated Hans Schep, common supervisor of Ford Professional, Europe. “Prospects inform us they use their Nuggets as household vehicles, to get pals and bikes to the following path, or as a extra thrilling type of retirement plan, so we designed our newest Nugget to do all of it.”

The Nugget is on sale now, launching in Titanium collection spec with a 168bhp engine sending energy by an eight-speed auto. Deliveries are due in spring 2024, however all-wheel drive fashions are on the horizon and we’ll additionally get the choice of a plug-in hybrid model throughout the subsequent 12 months. Ford is pinching the two.5-litre engine and 11.8kWh set-up from the Kuga for that.

Not that vitality ought to be a problem earlier than then: the Nugget has the choice of a photo voltaic roof and in ‘perfect situations’ this will generate extra energy than the built-in options use.

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One other factor that caught our eye: the brand new Nugget has an inclinometer that will help you discover a flat candy spot on even floor. Beats utilizing a spirit degree. Plus, it nonetheless has the best identify in all of vehicles. 

Let the journey planning start!



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