With the third generation of Transit Connect, the van has made a significant leap forward in terms of both technology and utility. Customers will be the first to receive a diesel van, the station wagon will not arrive until next year.
Ford continues the large-scale electrification of commercial vans, but at the same time it does not forget about internal combustion engines. But the development of new models is not only about the drive. Improvement comes in all areas, whether we are talking about comfort, technology or useful value. The latest addition to the family is the third generation Transit Connect, the bigger brother of the Courier, which has already been transformed and will also be offered as a pure electric car.
The battery version will avoid the Transit Connect for now, but it can boast a plug-in hybrid variant for the first time. Its basis is a 15-litre EcoBoost working with an electric motor, a high-voltage battery and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic. The set provides 150 horsepower with a torque of 350 Nm and an electric range of 110 km. It will then need to be charged at an 11kW AC station or a 50kW DC charger. The driver chooses the use of the battery at will. He keeps the electric mode at the beginning or end of the trip, or entrusts the management to the automatic mode.
The traditional alternative will remain the two-liter diesel with outputs of 102 and 122 hp. The weaker version has a six-speed manual and front-wheel drive, the more comfortable version also gets a seven-speed automatic and the option of all-wheel drive. Thanks to technical innovations, Ford expects a consumption of around 4.8 l/100 km.
The new Transit Connect will be available as a two-seater van as well as a five-seater station wagon with a standard and extended wheelbase. The 3.1 m cargo space depends on his choice3 or 3.7 m3 by the bathtub. The station wagon equipped with smart folding of the second row offers 2.5 m3 or 3.1 m3. In the unfolded position, the rear seats form a full-fledged dividing partition. You can easily load two euro pallets into the L2 variant. The maximum payload is 820 kg and the towing force is 1500 kg, the plug-in hybrid can load 770 kg and pull a 1400 kg heavy truck.
There will be three equipment lines to choose from. The basic Trend will be available as a van and station wagon and will be the cheapest utility model. The Van Limited will offer 17-inch wheels and a work surface in the passenger seatback. The station wagon in the Active design is inspired by SUVs and can be recognized by the roof rails and LED lights.
Production of the Transit Connect will start this spring with diesel vans that will reach customers in the summer. The plug-in hybrid will enter the production lines at the end of the year, and at the beginning of next year, models with all-wheel drive and Kombi versions will complete the line-up.
Inside, you’ll find a 10-inch digital instrument cluster complemented by an equally large infotainment system with wireless phone mirroring and navigation. That is, if you choose the Limited and Active lines. External devices can be powered by USB-C ports with a power of 45 W. On request, heated AGR seats with lumbar support and seat extension can be ordered. In winter, the heated steering wheel is also a pleasure.
On the road, the driver is accompanied by an active anti-collision assistant, support for swerving maneuvers, traffic monitoring around the car, a parking camera supplemented by a reversing assistant and blind spot monitoring. Reverse assistant with a trailer is available for an additional fee.