The all-new, next-generation Ford Nugget campervan has been unveiled.
For the first time, Nugget customers will be able to select an advanced electrified powertrain, with a flexible new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model.
The all-new Nugget camper has been developed in partnership with Westfalia, and features the popular multi-zone unique interior layout.
The next-generation Nugget benefits from Ford’s all-new vehicle platform launching this year for the Transit and Tourneo Custom family, which introduces new advanced design features, connectivity and driving technologies.
The new Ford Nugget will be launched in phases, starting with the Nugget Titanium series with tilt roof and 170PS EcoBlue engine with eight-speed automatic transmission, available to order from Ford dealers in August 2023 for delivery in spring 2024.
Other models, including the PHEV option, will be introduced in the following 12 months.
In the living space, customers will benefit from new premium finishes, enhanced functionality and power from a useful solar roof option to make getaways easier and more enjoyable.
Hans Schep, general manager, Ford Pro, Europe said: “Nugget is about helping owners discover new places – and with the extra comfort, connectivity and PHEV option of the new model, they can go further than ever.
“Customers tell us they use their Nuggets as family cars, to get friends and bikes to the next trail, or as a more exciting kind of retirement plan, so we designed our latest Nugget to do it all.”
Ford and Westfalia have significantly increased the level of quality and ergonomic features in the new model, completely redesigning the living space around the popular layout with separate zones for cooking, living and sleeping.
This unique interior design means that even with two double beds set up, campers can move around the cabin, cook, or get in and out of the vehicle without disturbing each other.
The seating area is a safe and comfortable place to travel, and easily converts to a dining and sleeping area when parked up.
An optimised kitchen with L-shaped layout makes cooking more pleasurable.
A practical new drawer fridge makes accessing the contents easier and is large enough to take bottles upright.
Combined with the new integrated hob and sink unit – now with standard hot water – the decluttered surface design offers 20 per cent more dedicated worktop space.
Soft-close latches and pop-out handles protect children’s fingers and dampen noise while driving.
The all-new Nugget features key design improvements over the previous model, including a flip-up mattress section to increase headroom in the kitchen while the upper bed is still in place, as well as a track-mounted rear bench with new controls for easier, one-handed conversion from seating to bed.
A rear-mounted hot/cold shower outlet is now standard, with optional tailgate privacy tent. The camping experience is further enhanced by all-new features including:
- Tilt roof with new self-folding fabric to simplify lowering the roof
- New integrated stowage locations for the standard outdoor table and chairs
- Practical roller blackout blinds replace curtains for enhanced privacy and simpler operation
Beyond changes to the camping equipment, the all-new Nugget also offers high-tech features to improve on-the-go connectivity and comfort once parked up.
Wireless charging and a standard 5G modem keep everyone entertained and connected without worrying about running out of phone battery or data.
A solar roof option helps power interior features or recharge the leisure battery, and in ideal weather conditions can generate more power than the built-in features use.
A dedicated 7-inch colour touchscreen in the living area enables easy checks and control of the all-new Nugget’s heating, water levels, battery level and lighting.
In a first for the Nugget, Ford is introducing a PHEV powertrain, sharing technology with the Ford Kuga Plug-In Hybrid, – Europe’s top-selling PHEV in 2021 and 2022.
The all-new Nugget uses a 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine with an 11.8kWh (usable) battery and electric motor to deliver a combined output of 232PS and pure-electric driving capability.
An all-new chassis with independent rear suspension improves refinement and handling, while all-wheel drive models will be available to suit customers who use their camper vans to access wild areas for outdoor sports or who simply want more confidence leaving festival car parks.
As well as a car-like driving position and new eight-speed automatic transmission option, Nugget features a suite of advanced driver assistance systems.
Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centring, help to reduce fatigue on long highway drives or in stop-start traffic, and Reverse Brake Assist and a 360-degree camera system support drivers when manoeuvring in tight spaces.
The all-new Nugget continues Ford’s long-established partnership with leading converter Westfalia, which places the company in an ideal position to take advantage of strong demand in Europe’s one-tonne camper van market.