COLOGNE, Germany – Ford’s all-new Transit Connect delivers class-leading load-carrying capability to make work easier for plumbers, electricians and other trades.
Launched later this year, new Transit Connect enables businesses to load and transport awkward and bulky items with a load-through hatch in the bulkhead, fold-up front passenger seat and – via the widest opening in the class on the long wheelbase model (L2) – the unique ability to load a Europallet through the sliding side door.
A special profile at the top of the full steel bulkhead also offers the unique-in-class ability to accommodate 2.4 m x 1.2 m (8 ft x 4 ft) sheets in the L2 van; while the Kombi L2 offers rear seats which fold into a flat load platform.
“We watched tradespeople loading and unloading vehicles to make sure we got the design of the all-new Transit Connect just right,” said Stephen Lesh, Transit Connect chief program engineer, Ford of Europe. “This van is ready for anything. It can haul all manner of tools and materials – and transport a work crew in safety and comfort.”
Ford engineers developed the innovative load-through system to ensure the Transit Connect could safely transport long items such as pipes or rolls of flooring up to 3.4 metres (L2) and up to 3.0 metres in the short wheelbase (L1) version. This involved the development of a hinged access panel in the bulkhead and a special “fold and dive” mechanism for the outer passenger seat; creating a dished profile in the surface of the passenger seat back; and designing the instrument panel so long items could slide underneath.
The all-new Transit Connect van offers total load volumes of 2.9 m3 (L1) and 3.6 m3 (L2) with full bulkhead fitted, or 3.7 m3 (L1) and 4.4 m3 (L2) without bulkhead including the front loadspace area, both measured according to SAE; the van has a maximum payload of up to 1,000 kg, matching the class-best figure. Deliveries of the new model are scheduled to start at the end of 2013.