Ford introduced the Transit Connect nearly a decade ago as a European-style compact cargo van for the U.S. market. The first Ford Transit Connect was initially developed by Ford Europe and was designed to be a dedicated commercial vehicle platform with shared components coming from the Ford Focus. The first generation was introduced in 2002 to replace the older Ford Escort and Fiesta-based Courier vans in Europe and it was eventually brought to the North American market in 2009.
For the upcoming 2019 models, Ford is presenting a new diesel engine option to augment its gasoline-based lineup. This comes as a response to increasing competition in the segment from the likes of Chevrolet, Nissan, and Ram.
Called the “EcoBlue” engine by Ford’s marketing team, the 1.5-litre inline-four turbo diesel is claimed to be capable of achieving an EPA-rated highway mileage estimate of 30 mpg or more. What you get in range however, comes at the cost of power. The EcoBlue diesel is predicted to produce around 120 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque.
Further changes in the 2019 Transit Connect lineup are a reduction of the gasoline-fueled engines from a 2.5-litre to a 2.0 litre GDI inline-four. The new engines will produce around 150 horsepower 144 lb-ft of torque. Fleet operators however can avail of a 2.5L iVCT gas engine variant with the CNG/LPG gaseous fuel prep option.
Both diesel and gasoline powered variants will have an 8-speed automatic transmission which will have auto start/stop technology. This was designed to minimize the potential performance loss of the 2.0-litre engines compared with the previous generation’s 2.5-litre engines. The fleet variants however, will still retain the six-speed automatic transmission.
The Transit Connect Cargo Van is capable of carrying cargo with a max payload rating of up to 730 kg. The optional trailer tow package will allow the Transit to tow additional cargo with a towing capacity of up to 907 kg. A part of that package includes the trailer sway control (TSC) system which is connected to the AdvanceTrac with roll stability control that helps keep the van on track.
The 2019 Transit Connect will come with a bevy of new safety features such as automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts, lane-keeping assist, and high-intensity headlamps. Other features include a 4G LTE connection which allows the Transit to become a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 10 devices.
The new Transit’s exterior styling will incorporate Ford’s current design aesthetic and the interior will include additional padding for the first and second row seats. A new instrument cluster and redesigned center stack caps off the other tweaks that Ford has made inside.
The 2019 Ford Transit Connect will come in 3 variations from the base XL to the midrange XLT to the top-of-the-line Titanium series. The vans will be able to seat five passengers in the short wheelbase configuration but can seat six to seven with the extended wheelbase option.
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