Ford’s current van line-up can't use the name 'Transit' enough. There are Transit and Transit Connect models, along with Transit Courier and Transit Custom. The smallest is the Courier, then it's Connect, then Custom, and finally the big Transit itself. Now, it seems refresh time is beckoning, and the first to go under the knife is the Custom.

Our spy photographers have managed to shot a slightly camouflaged prototype, performing cold winter tests somewhere in Scandinavia. As you can see from the attached images, the vehicle wears disguise only at the front end, which suggests we will be dealing with a minor facelift, bringing a few visual improvements.

Currently, the car is offered with two types of headlights – standard halogen lamps and projector xenons with cornering lights. Judging by the camo on the headlights of the prototype, the Transit Custom could gain LED daytime running lights integrated into the lights and even LED headlights for the higher trim levels. The finish and decorations of the radiator grille could also be refreshed, but the overall shape will be retained.

Ford Transit Custom spy photo
Ford Transit Custom spy photo
Ford Transit Custom spy photo

You are not able to order the van with an engine different than diesel – and that’s staying unchanged. The 2.0-litre TDCi motor is offered in three power stages, with 105, 130, and 170 horsepower, and these numbers could be slightly increased when the facelifted Transit Custom arrives. Expect to see some improvement in fuel consumption, too.

The second largest Transit in Europe will most likely benefit from the latest generation SYNC infotainment system, which will be added to the existing safety and assistance systems like the cruise control, lane departure warning, towing assistance, and hill-start assist.

Look for the refreshed Transit Custom later this year with sales across most of the European countries starting before the end of 2017.

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Gallery: Ford Transit Custom spy photos