One week prior to its unveiling at the New York Auto Show, Ford is taking the wraps off around its Transit Connect Family One Concept. The vehicle, which is smaller than a classic minivan and therefore less expensive and more efficient, brings with it more space than standard hatch or wagon. The pricing for the vehicle, which begins at $21,475, is targeted at commercial applications and will hit US markets early in 2010.
This will make the up-featured Family One still priced way below $30,000. The Family One, which is a five-seater and equipped with 135 cu-ft of cargo space, comes with a fuel consumption rating of 22mpg city and 25mpg highway driving. The design of the vehicle is focused on both kids and parents and will be both engaging and entertaining no matter whether it is parked or mobile.
The Family One transforms from a functional family transport in transit and into a base camp when parked. The second-row seating which comes with plenty of space with easy access both in and out plus a spacious cargo area behind makes for a roomy play area when the car is parked. The door panels at the rear doubles for a blackboard where kids can write or draw using wipeable water-based pens.
There is also a projection screen which can provide digital video entertainment. The vehicle is also equipped with sanitizer and sunscreen dispensers, a set of rechargeable walkie-talkies and a couple of scooters which are mounted on the door.
The car comes with an RFID tracking system which keep track not only of important items like sporting goods or equipment that can be easily left behind, but most of all even of children.
The dashboard integrated computer system also alerts the driver if a child's seat is not properly fitted. There is still no intention of building the concept at this time, but chances are clear with stringent new CAF requirements on its way for model year 2011.