Ford has revealed more details about the passenger-friendly, U.S.-spec 2014 Transit Connect Wagon. Ford had introduced the new 2014 Ford Transit Connect at its global product roll-out in September. Ford had already offered a five-passenger Transit Connect Wagon in the market but because of its limited seating and bare-bones interior, it didn’t appeal to small families and would be more suited to small businesses.
For example, its cargo area didn’t have panelling or insulation. To remedy that, Ford gave the 2014 Transit Connect Wagon a fully-trimmed interior and a third row of seating. This enabled Ford to create another niche for its small van offering. Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s vice president of global product development and engineering, released a prepared statement.
He said that the target market of the new Transit Connect Wagon is made wider since it now offers a seven-passenger capacity with its three rows of seating in a fully-trimmed interior. It has become a modern, family-friendly alternative to oversized minivans with its broad selection of comfort, convenience, and connectivity options. Ford has released pres materials to show that the New Transit Connect’s interior is as “attractive, modern, and consumer-friendly as its car-like exterior.”
The Transit Connect’s dashboard and platform are almost identical with those of the 2012 Focus. It can be used with either Sync or MyFord Touch infotainment systems. Buyers can opt for a panoramic glass moonroof that’s inspired by the Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser.
However, vans that don’t have this option will get large storage bins positioned over the second row. With regards to seating, the 2014 Transit Connect will be available in both five- and seven-passenger forms, which means that the small van would be offered in two different wheelbases. There will be three trim levels available: XL, XLT, and a top-tier Titanium.
“Transit Connect Wagon gives young families and people on the go the fun-to-drive and efficient vehicle they’ve been looking for,” said Mark Fields, Ford’s President of The Americas. “It’s an all-new, smaller seven-seater that has better mileage than larger vans and creates a segment of its own. Customers also will love the unique combination of style, adaptability and affordability this wagon brings.”