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.
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.
The remodelling of Ford Transit Connect Taxi includes a reduced vehicle height, giving enhanced clearance for taxicab organizations to put advertisements on the cabin roof. An interior hood release was included, allowing drivers easy access to check fluid levels before starting a shift.
Second-generation Transit Connect Taxi is additionally longer, offering seating for five and expanded cargo limit. The spacious, adjustable interior is precisely suited for livery service and conversion to CNG and LPG. The car’s cargo space suits a compacted gas tank, while leaving adequate space for baggage and passenger headroom and legroom. It highlights an anticipated top-in-class 60.5 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the second row.
In contrast to a rival’s compact van-based taxi, which utilizes a rear suspension with leaf springs and strong axle, Ford Transit Connect Taxi utilizes a cutting-edge, tough twist-beam rear suspension that prioritizes passenger comfortability and cargo carrying capacity.
The car’s floor has been lowered for enhanced access to the cabin, and can be adjusted to be wheelchair-available through Ford's Qualified Vehicle Modifier program.
Innovation for the driver additionally has been overhauled, with helpful options like rear view camera, 6.5-inch touch-screen display with navigation, and SYNC with MyFord Touch – Ford's world-renowned voice-activated mobile communications system.