Other innovations introduced for the latest Nugget include a new camping chair storage cubby inside the bootlid, a pull-out awning above the side door, 350W solar panels to charge the leisure battery and a 7.0in colour touchscreen for all interior controls.
There is also now an inclinometer built in, so the van levels itself when parked up to make for easy set-up and a comfortable night’s sleep, and a 5G modem to give fast internet access in the wild.
But importantly, Ford bosses note, many Nugget owners use their camper van for daily driving purposes, too, so the improvements for 2024 go well beyond the kitchen and bedroom.
The Nugget’s new chassis has independent rear suspension, for example, to improve refinement and handling, while accommodating the option of all-wheel drive for the first time – «to help get out of the mud at festivals», bosses suggest.
Plus, the new-look cockpit hosts the latest generation of Ford’s Sync 4 infotainment interface through a 13.0in touchscreen, with smartphone mirroring as standard, while the seating position is said to be much more ‘car-like’, «even for drivers more used to smaller cars».
The new Nugget will also be offered with a plug-in hybrid powertrain for the first time, pairing a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor for a combined 230bhp, while an 11.8kWh battery will supply an EV range in the region of 20 miles.