Ford Transit van

The replacement for Ford’s boxy E-series full-size van will be something entirely different, judging by the Tourneo van the automaker will unveil in England next month. Ford just released photos.

As reported by USA Today, the sleek Tourneo is a far cry from the boxy E-series, but Ford say the European van provides a window into the styling of the Transit. A fairly narrow window: While the basic design will stay, the American Transit will have more of a “Built Ford Tough” no-nonsense truck look, as opposed to the swirly-styled Euro version.

The E-Series is the newer name for what used to be to be called the Ford Econoline, which is to this day a mainstay vehicle for many van poolers, plumbers and others.

The American version of the Transit that will eventually replace the E-series and be produced at Ford’s plant in Claycomo, Mo. Ford plans to sell both for awhile, probably to let buyers get used to the idea that the replacement is far more practical and fuel-efficient.

The Tourneo is the middle-sized of the three commercial vans that Ford sells in Europe. It has front-wheel-drive, but the larger Transit will have rear-drive to carry bigger loads when it goes into production in Missouri and Europe.

The Tourneo’s space-age looks are a far cry from the utilitarian design of Ford’s previous European vans. The Tourneo goes on sale in Europe later this year.