In an attempt to show people attending the upcoming 2014 New York International Auto Show exactly how luxurious one can make the new full-size Ford Transit, the folks at Ford enlisted the help of the custom-build experts at Galpin Auto Sports from the "Pimp My Ride" TV show.
But there's a better reason for partner Galpin Ford to take the lead on this custom van and it has to do with the fact that back in the 1970s, during the monster Chevrolet van craze in Southern California (it's true; Google it), this same Van Nuys, Calif., dealership was selling 150 custom-modified vans a month. Now Ford is looking to resurrect the van subculture with its Euro-inspired Transit, set to debut later this summer.
The Transit Skyliner concept is essentially the ultimate limousine with four plush, 10-way adjustable custom leather-trimmed seats that look more like expensive first-class thrones on a five-star airline than anything else. The vehicle has a hideaway 52-inch high-definition projector screen (with DirecTV, Blu-ray and DVD capabilities) and a fully integrated "retro-modern" built-in bar. The massive 81-inch-tall interior is surrounded with soft-touch materials in the roof and walls, and has brightly polished maple flooring as well.The driver's cockpit is custom wrapped with a leather-stitched dash and doors, and offers a custom, soundproof molded surround so the driver can be sealed off from the passengers.
"Traveling in Transit Skyliner is an experience unlike any other" says Tim Stoehr, Ford commercial truck marketing manager. "You step into the vehicle and are immediately immersed in the custom interior and high-tech audiovisual environment. The next thing you know, you are arriving at your destination."
The Skyliner uses the 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine, which is just one of the three powertrains offered (the other two are the naturally aspirated 3.7-liter V-6 and 3.2-liter inline-five-cylinder turbo-diesel that Ford uses in other global markets).The 2015 Transits will also offer a choice of two wheelbases, three roof heights and three body lengths in dual- or single-rear-wheel configurations.
The Transit Skyliner will be at the New York Auto Show, which opens to the public on April 18 and runs through April 27 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.
To download the full Ford Skyliner concept press release, click here.
Cars.com images by Mark Williams; manufacturer images