COLOGNE, Germany – Ford’s all-new Ford Transit Connect, offers van operators class-leading fuel economy, load carrying ability and durability and is now available to order in European showrooms for delivery in late 2013.
Ford has also announced pricing for the new range. There are Ambiente, Trend and Limited trim series, with the popular Trend model offering dual passenger seat, load-through bulkhead and air conditioning as standard.
Transit Connect is part of the all-new four-strong Transit range, alongside the Transit Custom and the forthcoming Transit Courier and 2-tonne Transit models to be launched in 2014.
“Ford has taken the toughness and dependability of the current Transit Connect, made considerable improvements to the fuel efficiency, added smart new loadspace features, and delivered a dynamic new style,” said Barb Samardzich, vice president Product Development, Ford of Europe. “The all-new Transit Connect sets new standards for compact vans and provides the perfect partner for a wide range of businesses.”
Developed under the One Ford global product strategy at Ford’s commercial vehicle development centre in Europe together with the engineering team of Ford Otosan in Turkey, the all-new Transit Connect is produced at Ford’s state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Valencia, Spain for sale in Europe, North America and other worldwide markets.
Available in Van, Double-Cab-in-Van and Kombi bodystyles, the Transit Connect offers a spacious and practical load area with total volumes of 2.9 m3 and 3.6 m3 with a full bulkhead, or 3.7 m3 and 4.4 m3 including the front loadspace area. Maximum payloads of up to 1,000 kg match the best in class figure.
The full powertrain line-up includes the highly-efficient 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel with a choice of 75, 95 and 115 PS, the 100 PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, and the 150 PS 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Unlike many rivals which are tested like passenger cars, the all-new Transit Connect has been subjected to Ford’s ultra-stringent commercial vehicle testing and durability standards, covering the equivalent of 5 million km (3 million miles) in arduous testing, including at least 400,000 km (250,000 miles) in tough real-world fleet conditions with Transit Connect users.
The all-new model also builds on the Transit Connect’s reputation for outstanding security: the improved remote locking system now offers two channels for enhanced security and can be fully configured to the customer’s needs, while anti-tamper shielding of the door lock latches prevents destruction of the locks by drilling or chiselling.
The new model offers a stylish and spacious cockpit with car-like design and craftsmanship, smart stowage solutions, and the latest Ford driver assistance features and interior technologies. The Transit Connect is the first in its class to offer Active City Stop, designed to help motorists avoid low speed collisions with stationary or slower moving traffic in front; the new van also offers Ford SYNC with Emergency Assistance, a feature for which Ford already received a EuroNCAP Advanced Reward with the Transit Custom.