Revealed at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show, Ford’s Transit Link rewrote the commercial van playbook for tradespersons and little urban delivery operations. Little scale front-drive vans have actually been common in Europe and in other places 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 sluggish at launch, but the commonsense elements of the style– helpful metropolitan size, abundant freight capability, respectable fuel economy, affordable rates, low operating expense, upfits for a variety of commercial enterprises– quickly stimulated sales. And the 2011 advent of a guest variation– the Transit Connect Wagon (Ford would choose that you avoid calling it a minivan)– included display room momentum.
The Transit Connect household was updated for the 2014 model year, and Ford pulled the wraps off a 2019 variation of the Wagon at the Chicago Auto Show. (The upgraded Van will be revealed at the NTEA Work Truck show in Indianapolis March 6.).
Sales: Ford reports that over 300,000 Transit Connect vehicles have discovered their way to owners given that the 2010 model year. Since then the concept has likewise inspired competitors: the Chevrolet City Express, Nissan NV200, and Ram ProMaster City, all available in freight van and passenger editions. But Ford mentions that the competitors are still in their very first generation, whereas the Transit Connect is on the limit of its third overhaul.
Ford represents the 2019 Transit Connect as the third generation of the vehicle since its introduction in the U.S., but that might be viewed as a little enthusiastic. Structurally, the compact wagon rollovers– very same front-drive architecture, same two-wheelbase option, same dimensions, same cargo capacities.
As you ‘d expect of a third generation, Ford has actually fine-tuned the cosmetics, giving the wagon a brand-new front end with readily available LED headlights and the company’s signature hexagonal grille. However the genuine news is under the hood, which shelters two brand-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 automatic transmissions, replacing the present 6-speed.
The turbodiesel– Ford calls it EcoBlue– has actually been available in Europe for about a year, however is new to the United States and a very first for this type of vehicle. Ford expects an EPA highway fuel economy rating of 30 mpg for the diesel.
Aside from the highway fuel effectiveness expectation for the turbodiesel, neither power rankings nor full EPA fuel economy projections were revealed at the Chicago debut. The existing 2.5-liter 4-cylinder (169 horsepower, 171 pound-feet of torque) and 6-speed automatic powertrain is rated for 19 mpg city, 27 mpg highway. Although the powertrains are new, load rankings are about the very same– simply over 1,600 pounds payload, 2,000 pounds towing, somewhat lower for the EcoBlue engine.
In addition to interior redesign elements, consisting of new seats, other updates fall under the headings of connectivity and active safety features. New driver-assist features include standard automatic emergency situation braking, with pedestrian detection; the accessibility of adaptive cruise control: Ford’s Blind Spot Information System (BLIS): rear cross traffic alert; lane departure warning; and lane-keeping help.
The brand-new control panel includes a 6.5-inch color touch screen and a digital motorist info readout between the significant instruments. Ford’s Sync3 infotainment system, wireless charging, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi modem are basic features.
Offered in 5- and 7-passenger editions, the 2019 Transit Connect Wagon will be provided 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.