Ford has unveiled the 2014 Transit Connect Taxi, which the carmaker says will be the only taxi to offer an engine prep package for conversion to compressed natural gas/liquefied petroleum gas. The 2014 Transit Connect Taxi boasts of an additional interior space that could be used for cargo or a CNG/LPG tank. The taxi is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired to a six-speed automatic transmission.
It is available with a $300 factory-installed engine prep package that allows it to run on CNG/LPG fuel before it is converted under Ford’s Qualified Vehicle Modifier program, which has members certified by the carmaker to modify vehicles without affecting the factory-set calibrations, according to a Ford spokesman.
Tim Stoehr, commercial truck marketing manager for Ford, said in a statement that they are leveraging their “longtime leadership and expertise in the North American taxi market” to ensure that the Transit Connect Taxi surpasses the expectations of taxi operators and passengers.
Ford launched the now popular Transit Connect Taxi in 2010. The newest version features a decreased height to provide taxi companies more clearance to place advertisements on the roof. The 2014 version also features a lowered floor for better access.
The 2014 Transit Connect Taxi could also be made wheelchair accessible via the Qualified Vehicle Modifier program. Since the 2014 model also is longer than the previous version, it could seat five passengers and still have cargo space.
The taxi features a rearview camera, a 6.5-inch touch screen display with navigation, and Ford’s Sync and MyFord Touch communication systems. [source: Ford]