all-new Ford Transit Connect sets new standards for
load-carrying ability, cost of ownership and dependability in
the compact van segment, and will extend the success of the
||With its dynamic new
looks, innovative load-carrying features and advanced
technologies – including the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine,
Active City Stop and Ford SNYC – the all-new Transit
Connect will provide van customers with a hard-working
and desirable new vehicle.
Showcasing Ford’s latest
design language, the all-new Transit Connect has a
dynamic and modern appearance, from the signature
trapezoidal grille and slim, technical headlamps at the
front, through the powerful rising shoulder line, to the
distinctive vertical tail lamps at the rear.
The stylish body is available in
short-wheelbase (SWB) and long-wheelbase (LWB) versions, offering a
spacious and practical load area with total volume of 2.9 m3
and 3.6 m3 (SAE) respectively. Customers can choose between
Van, Double-Cab-in-Van and Kombi derivatives, to suit their exact
Smart design and engineering ensure the
new Transit Connect delivers best-in-class load carrying ability.
Features including a load-through hatch in the bulkhead and fold-flat
passenger seat enable long loads up to 3.0 m (SWB) and 3.5 m (LWB) to be
safely carried in the vehicle.
Additional new features to boost
everyday productivity include a dual passenger seat, so that van models
can now carry three people in the cab.
For Kombi and Double-Cab-in-Van models,
maximum seating capacity is five (SWB) or seven (LWB) people; versatile
rear seating and a movable mesh bulkhead allow the load area to be
configured as required. In addition, the LWB model features a unique
fold-flat seat capability that optimises the loadspace from front
passenger space rearwards, and enables loads up to 3 m long to be
The new model has a stylish cockpit
with car-like design and craftsmanship, a range of smart stowage
solutions, and the latest Ford driver assistance features and interior
technologies. Transit Connect is the first in its class to offer Active
City Stop, and features the Ford SYNC voice-activated, in-car
connectivity system with Emergency Assistance.
Class-leading fuel economy and
Minimising overall cost-of-ownership
was a high priority throughout the vehicle design and development, and
the all-new Transit Connect targets best-in-class fuel economy, along
with minimised maintenance and repair costs with extended service
The powertrain line-up in Europe
includes the highly-efficient 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel with a
choice of 75, 95 and 115 PS versions, and the remarkable new 100 PS
1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine – 2012 “International Engine of the
Year”, plus a version of the acclaimed 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine
available with a six-speed automatic transmission. The latest low-CO2
Ford ECOnetic Technologies help to minimise fuel consumption, including
Auto-Start-Stop available on both diesel and petrol models.
A range of efficient petrol engines
with automatic transmission will be made available in the U.S. to meet
local market needs.
Since its 2002 launch, the Transit
Connect has established a reputation for toughness and reliability. The
new model has been engineered to extend this tradition of class-leading
dependability, using customer feedback from around the globe to ensure
that toughness and durability are designed in from the start.
Unlike many rivals which are tested
like passenger cars, the vehicle has been subjected to Ford’s
ultra-stringent commercial vehicle testing and durability standards,
covering millions of miles of arduous testing in laboratories, at
proving grounds and on customer fleets.
Next-generation global platform
The all-new Transit Connect is based on
a global platform that is derived from the state-of-the-art C-segment
platform shared by models like the Focus and Kuga/Escape.
Innovative technologies include an
advanced Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) system featuring Load
Adaptive Control, which adjusts the operation of the ESP stability
systems to take account of variations in vehicle load, so the systems
remain fully effective whether the vehicle is partially or fully laden.
The vehicle was engineered in Ford’s
commercial vehicle development centre in Europe – building on decades of
experience developing market-leading Transit models – supported by the
company’s full global product development resources. During development,
the vehicle was carefully tailored to the different needs of customers
around the world, including uniquefeatures and powertrains to meet local
In Europe, deliveries of the all-new
Transit Connect are due to start by the end of 2013.