DETROIT – With the powertrain lineup of the venerable Ford F-150 soon to see the addition of a diesel engine option, so too will the Ford Transit Connect Wagon.
The 1.5-liter EcoBlue diesel, built at Ford’s Dagenham, England facility, will be the first stateside offering of the engine.
The segment-exclusive turbocharged diesel builds on the performance and technology of Ford’s award-winning EcoBoost gasoline engines, with the EcoBlue having debuted in Europe in 2016.
Tim Stoehr, General Fleet Marketing Manager, said the offering comes as a result of customer demand since Transit Connect was launched in North America.
“It’s responding to requests we’ve heard from our customers all the way back to 2010 when we first offered the Transit Connect,” he said.
The new 2019 Transit Connect with all-new 1.5-liter EcoBlue® diesel engine is targeted to return an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating* of at least 30 mpg highway.
The 2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon will come standard with a 2.0-liter gasoline engine with Auto Stop-Start. The optional 1.5-liter EcoBlue diesel engine will be available in early 2019.
Both engines will be paired with an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Transit Connect Wagon will be built at Ford’s Valencia, Spain manufacturing plant.
(*Final EPA 2019 Transit Connect Wagon 1.5-liter EcoBlue diesel engine fuel economy estimates are expected in early 2019. Actual mileage will vary.)