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A new Ford Transit high-top camper debuts


Now on Ford Transit

IT’S perhaps no surprise to see Ford-based campers from Westfalia as it manufactur­es the Nugget as an OEM vehicle for Ford itself. Then, last season, it announced that its French factory would begin building the new Kelsey poptop camper, based on the long-wheelbase Transit Custom. With a similar layout to Westfalia’s VW T6.1-based Kepler One and Mercedes Vito-based Jules Verne, the Kelsey has a kitchen along the offside, twin sliding doors and a rear shower/ toilet area.

Meanwhile, the Jules Verne is now only available in rear-wheel drive form, the front-wheel drive option being dropped this year. It still comes with a choice of Elegance or Avantgarde exterior design

and a new feature is the Thermotron­ic dual-zone air-conditioni­ng with digital display.


Completely new for 2022, though, is the Meridian Limited, based on the ‘full-sized’ Ford Transit. This 6m camper comes with the 185PS engine and automatic gearbox as standard, as well as a multimedia system with sat-nav, 16in alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights, various assistance systems and a towbar. It also benefits from the latest hot water heating system powered by diesel, an LED ambient light system, awning and a winterisat­ion pack. The layout features a 1.54m-wide transverse rear bed, central kitchen and washroom and front lounge – a

typical continenta­l campervan layout but one that’s rarely seen in a Ford.

There’s a new model in the company’s premium Columbus range, based on the latest Fiat Ducato, too. The new 600 E features lengthways rear single beds but in a 6m model, rather than the more usual 6.36m van.

The Columbus 600 E comes as a First Edition model with the 160bhp 2.2-litre engine and automatic gearbox. It also receives an enhanced spec, including a 100W solar panel, leather seats, heated cab seats, outdoor shower, 16in alloys, 10in multimedia screen with sat-nav, reversing camera, LED headlights and hot water heating with underfloor heating. There’s a new kitchen for this model, too.

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Meridian Limited is based on the 5.98m Ford Transit
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New Ford adopts the typical rear transverse bed layout
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...and single beds in a sub-6m ’van
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New galley for the Columbus 600 E...
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