Published: Fri, February 09, 2018
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Ford Rolls Out Updated Transit Connect Wagon In Chicago

Ford Rolls Out Updated Transit Connect Wagon In Chicago

Ford has reinvented the van for Baby Boomers whose idea of rocking doesn't involve a chair.

Ford Motor Company has revealed the 2019 Ford Transit Connect for the US market.

The interior of the cargo van features a unique raised roof, ideal to transport tall objects or people.

The Detroit automaker will add a 1.5-liter EcoBlue diesel engine as an option to its Transit Connect lineup with a targeted EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of at least 30 mpg highway.

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And 1-in-3 boomers expect to buy a vehicle in the next three years. The hyper utility and flexibility of the new Transit Connect could make it useful for anyone that needs something, well, flexible. Brown grew up driving vans in the 1970s and now, this Gulf Coast surfer and grandfather of nine drives a 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon for his work as an illustrator and custom T-shirt printer. "My Transit Connect lets me pull double duty".

"The small van segment was down past year due to cheap gas and big incentives on larger vans", said Tim Stoehr, Ford's commercial fleet marketing manager. "There's a lot of opportunity for growth, especially with the new driver assist technologies and comfort features". The feature is included with segment-exclusive Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection to help avoid collisions with other vehicles and pedestrians who might accidentally cross in front of the vehicle's path. Adaptive cruise control, which now works down to a speed of 12 miles per hour, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic monitoring and lane-keeping assist systems are also available.

A Lane Keeping System is available that vibrates the steering wheel and can apply extra steering torque to keep the vehicle centered on the road.

The 2019 Transit Connect Wagon is available in two wheelbases to fit five or seven passengers and in three trim levels, XL, XLT and Titanium. Entry and exit are easy thanks to dual sliding doors.

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The new dashboard includes a 6.5-inch color touch screen and a digital driver information readout between the major instruments.

Richard Truett, Automotive News' powertrain savant, design connoisseur and all-around engineering go-to guy, jumped up on just about every stand, thought and pondered and scratched his head, . For 2019 the base engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The diesel engine is paired with an all-new 8-speed automatic transmission. And with stop-start ignition, the gasoline engine ought to deliver better economy than the outgoing version as well. It too comes mated to the all-new 8-speed automatic. And passengers don't have to step up or down to get into the vehicle. Also worth noting is that the Transit Connect will be able to tow up to 2,000 pounds when equipped with the towing package.

In Europe, Ford has been rolling out the 1.5L EcoBlue to a number of vehicles, including the EcoSport compact SUV, Tourneo Connect, and European version of the Transit Connect.

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