Revealed at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show, Ford’s Transit Connect reworded the industrial van playbook for tradespersons and small urban delivery operations. Small scale front-drive vans have prevailed in Europe and elsewhere for decades– the Transit Link itself dates to 2002, when it changed the Ford Courier– but the principle was new to the U.S. market.
Approval was a little slow at launch, but the commonsense aspects of the style– useful metropolitan size, plentiful freight capability, respectable fuel economy, economical pricing, low operating cost, upfits for a range of companies– soon promoted sales. And the 2011 arrival of a traveler variation– the Transit Connect Wagon (Ford would prefer that you avoid calling it a minivan)– included showroom momentum.
The Transit Connect household was updated for the 2014 model year, and Ford pulled the covers off a 2019 variation of the Wagon at the Chicago Auto Show. (The upgraded Van will be exposed at the NTEA Work Truck show in Indianapolis March 6.).
Sales: Ford reports that over 300,000 Transit Connect vehicles have discovered their method to owners given that the 2010 model year. Since then the principle has likewise influenced competitors: the Chevrolet City Express, Nissan NV200, and Ram ProMaster City, all offered in freight van and passenger editions. But Ford explains that the competitors are still in their first generation, whereas the Transit Connect is on the threshold of its 3rd overhaul.
Ford represents the 2019 Transit Connect as the third generation of the vehicle because its introduction in the United States, however that could be perceived as a little enthusiastic. Structurally, the compact wagon rollovers– exact same front-drive architecture, exact same two-wheelbase alternative, very same dimensions, exact same cargo capabilities.
As you ‘d anticipate of a third generation, Ford has actually improved the cosmetics, providing the wagon a new front end with offered LED headlights and the company’s signature hexagonal grille. But the genuine news is under the hood, which shelters 2 new 4-cylinder engines– a direct injection 2.0-liter with stop-start technology and a 1.5-liter turbodiesel 4. Both are mated to new 8-speed automated transmissions, replacing the existing 6-speed.
The turbodiesel– Ford calls it EcoBlue– has actually been available in Europe for about a year, however is new to the U.S. and a very first for this kind of vehicle. Ford prepares for an EPA highway fuel economy score of 30 mpg for the diesel.
Aside from the highway fuel performance expectation for the turbodiesel, neither power ratings nor complete EPA fuel economy forecasts were revealed at the Chicago debut. The current 2.5-liter 4-cylinder (169 horsepower, 171 pound-feet of torque) and 6-speed automated powertrain is ranked for 19 mpg city, 27 mpg highway. Although the powertrains are new, load rankings have to do with the exact same– simply over 1,600 pounds payload, 2,000 pounds hauling, a little lower for the EcoBlue engine.
In addition to interior redesign components, including new seats, other updates fall under the headings of connectivity and active security features. New driver-assist features include standard automatic emergency braking, with pedestrian detection; the schedule of adaptive cruise control: Ford’s Blind Spot Information System (BLIS): rear cross traffic alert; lane departure caution; and lane-keeping assist.
The new dashboard includes a 6.5-inch color touch screen and a digital motorist details readout in between the significant instruments. Ford’s Sync3 infotainment system, cordless charging, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi modem are standard features.
Readily available in 5- and 7-passenger editions, the 2019 Transit Connect Wagon will be used in 3 trim levels: XL, XLT, and Titanium. Both the Wagon and the Cargo Van versions of the Transit Connect are set up to go on sale in the fall.