With the release of Ford’s latest Big Nugget camper van, we thought we’d throw it back to the original Ford Nugget, a smaller Transit van also customized by Westfalia, first introduced in January 2019. Like the newer Big Nugget, the smaller one offers loads of amenities so you can enjoy the wilderness in comfort and style.
The Westfalia-converted Nugget camper van features a kitchenette and bathroom with a foldaway sink, sleeps four people, and is available in a long-wheelbase Plus model. Sadly, while we do get the Transit vans on which they’re based, no Nuggets are available in the U.S. at the moment; they are, however, available for order from Ford dealers in select European markets this spring.
The standard Ford Nugget camper van by Westfalia starts out as a Transit Custom, with the Nugget Plus adding 14.4 inches of overall length. The mini motorhome packs a 2.0-liter EcoBlue diesel four-cylinder engine that delivers 128 or 168 horsepower, depending on trim. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.
The Custom Nugget is available with a choice of a pop-up roof or a fixed high roof, but the top-spec Nugget Plus is fixed-roof only. The camper van conversion offers a three-room layout that also includes a living and dining area in the middle. There’s a double bed that folds out of the roof space and another one that folds out in the living area when needed. Two onboard water tanks can hold up to roughly 11 gallons each and can also supply an outdoor shower at the back of the camper. Rear privacy glass, second-row flip-open windows, and a rear defroster are standard.
There’s also an optional fold-out table with two chairs and a retractable awning that seems like a must-have for diehard outdoorsy types. Tech-wise, the Nugget camper van can be had with Ford‘s Sync 3 infotainment system with an 8.0-inch screen, cross-traffic alert, pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, and adaptive cruise control.