In a nutshell, the Nugget design creates a three-room layout with an L-shaped kitchenette in the back, a living and dining area in the middle, and rooftop dormitories. It can accommodate up to four people, with a double bed that opens in the attic and a second that can be easily deployed in the living room. There are sliding doors on either side of the motorhome for easy access and to allow a nice breeze to blow through the cabin.
A long-wheelbase Nugget Plus model offers a little more storage space and a built-in toilet with a pull-out sink. Since 2019, the automaker has offered the Transit Custom Nugget to order directly from Ford dealers.
Once parked you will need some free space. The Nugget offers the choice of a manually adjustable tilt roof or a fixed high roof, while the Nugget Plus has a high roof as standard. When raised and secured in place, the pitched roof creates up to 2.4 meters of headroom. A good-sized rear window and two side windows flood the cabin with natural light and are fitted with blinds for added privacy. The upper level sleeping area is also well thought out, incorporating side vents and two useful LED lights that serve as a kitchen surface and reading light. This area of the upper deck is accessible using a ladder leaning against a kitchen cabinet. The pitched roof is designed to provide comfort and safety all year round. The waterproof composite upper contains foam insulation to help maintain a comfortable temperature inside.
Starting from the rear of the motorhome, the kitchen area is equipped with a double-burner gas hob, a chrome-nickel steel sink and a 40-liter top-loading refrigerator. Fresh water and wastewater are supplied by on-board tanks, each with a capacity of 42 liters. The tanks also feed an exterior shower hose at the rear of the van.
In the center, up to five people can dine at the folding table, with room for three on a forward-facing bench seat, while the super-comfortable heated captain’s driver and front passenger seats rotate 180 degrees to accommodate rear facing – the cornering action facilitated by a folding handbrake. The Nugget is also equipped with a folding table, two comfortable camping chairs, and a retractable awning to allow alfresco dining.
On the glazing side, the Nugget has a private rear window, folding windows for the second row and a heated window for the tailgate. Perched on the van seats, it offers a superb mezzanine driving position, offering excellent forward visibility. The view through the rear window, however, is somewhat obscured by the kitchen elements. Front and rear parking sensors and a rear camera (optional) help, however.
While the dashboard has a lot of rough plastics and big controls, its simplicity is refreshing and far from awkward. There are, of course, plenty of storage space dotted around as well as large cup holders in the front and back. A wood-effect floor throughout the cabin is pleasing to the eye.
Optional extras include a premium audio system and racks for bikes and sports equipment. An LED panel positioned in the roof is also used to manage the electrical connection of the vehicle, the state of charge of the battery, the levels of fresh water and waste water, the heating and lighting of the passenger compartment.
Infotainment, connectivity and ADAS
Ford’s SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system can be operated using voice commands or with a convenient eight-inch touchscreen. Vehicle occupants can stay connected as internet is provided as standard via the FordPass Connect modem, creating a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to ten devices with connectivity available up to 15 meters from the vehicle. There is no shortage of USB sockets scattered throughout the cabin, as well as 3-pin sockets in the kitchen.
A suite of sensors, radars and cameras provide information on the driving environment around the vehicle. These include a cross-traffic alert, pre-collision assistance with pedestrian detection, a panoramic rear camera and adaptive cruise control.
On the road
Ford recently extended its Transit Custom Nugget range of motorhomes with the Active and Trail models. The Nugget Active offers a more upscale interior, exclusive exterior details and standard equipment. The Nugget Trail features rugged exterior styling with an iconic Ford grille, a standard mechanical limited-slip differential for added confidence on rough roads and improved interior comfort. Both have a heated rear seat.
Ford used the 2021 Caravan Salon held in Düsseldorf to launch the models. “Customers tell us they want their RV to stand out and create special experiences, which is why we are introducing Nugget Active and Trail to add style and adventure to their road trips,” said said Barry Quested, brand manager, One-Stop Shop Conversions. , Ford of Europe. “The new models support customers’ outdoor lifestyles with a bold new design, living spaces designed for all-season comfort, and added traction to see them on grass campgrounds, shorelines. muddy and unpaved trails. ”
Ford claims to have tripled its Nugget production rate with motorhome specialist Westfalia by 2022 to meet demand for its motorhome in a rapidly growing market.
Nugget Active incorporates a yacht deck style light wood floor, textured units in a satin finish, black worktops and aluminum strips around the galley, as well as partial leather-trimmed seating and LED lighting. adjustable white ”to create different ambient atmospheres.
The Nugget Trail features black leather on the swivel front captain’s seats and rear bench as standard, while the dining table is finished in a darker hue to contrast with the white kitchen units, cabinet and wood flooring. .
The extended Nugget range joins a booming market; the motorhome sector is experiencing double-digit growth in most European markets, with this trend set to continue, with holidaymakers increasingly favoring more isolated and independent vacations and stays.
The Transit Custom Nugget is powered by a 2.0-liter EcoBlue diesel engine. Customers can specify 130 hp and 170 hp versions, each available with a six-speed manual or six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission. In terms of fuel economy, we average 35 mpg. There’s no denying that the Nugget is cleverly designed and very well laid out, meeting almost any need and desire on the go. Everything is working very well. And that should be the case for a base price of £ 67,422 for the auto-equipped version. Competitive models include the VW California, the Vauxhall Vivaro Elite, and the Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo.