The latest Ford Transit Connect could now be ordered for late 2013 delivery in the United Kingdom at a price range of between £13,921 and £19,130. The new Ford Transit Connect will be sold along with the Transit Custom, an upcoming Transit Courier, and a two-ton Transit that will rolled out in 2014. The Connect will be sold across Europe, North America and other global markets.
The new Ford Transit Connect was developed at the carmaker's facilities in Dunton, Essex and will be built at its state-of-the-art assembly site in Valencia, Spain. The Connect could be availed in Van, Double-Cab-in-Van and Kombi body styles.
Offered in short-wheelbase (L1) and long-wheelbase (L2) versions, the Connect provides a roomy and practical load area with total volumes of 2.9 cubic meters (L1) and 3.6 cubic meters (L2) with a full bulkhead, or 3.7 cubic meters (L1) and 4.4 cubic meters (L2) including the front loadspace area.
The new Ford Transit Connect can carry maximum payload of 1,000 kg. A load-through hatch in the bulkhead and fold-flat passenger seat provides enough space to carry lengthy loads of up to 3.0 meters (L1) and 3.4 meters (L2). Thank to a multi-fold dual passenger seat, the Connect could carry up to three people. Both versions could carry two Europallets in the load area, thanks to a width of 1,226mm between the wheel arches.
The Connect can be powered by Ford's 100PS 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine that returns class-leading fuel economy of 50.4mpg and carbon dioxide emissions of 129g/km.
Customers could also opt for the 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engine with a choice of 75, 95 and 115PS power outputs. Improvements in routine servicing and maintenance costs allow the Transit Connect to provide considerable savings in overall cost of ownership. The Connect features Ford ECOnetic Technologies -- including Auto-Start-Stop and Active Grille Shutter -- that help minimize fuel consumption on selected models.
Ford's all-new Transit Connect offers class-leading fuel economy, durability, and load-carrying ability to van operators. Deliveries for this new model are slated to start at the later part of 2013.
You can pick from the Trend, Ambiente, and Limited trim series. The popular Trend model offers dual passenger seat, air conditioning, and load-through bulkhead as standard.
Ford Transit Connect is a part of the new 4-strong Transit range, together with Transit Custom as well as the 2-tonne Transit and the forthcoming Transit Courier models that are expected to be launched in 2014.
According to Barb Samardzich, VP for Product Development at Ford of Europe, the brand has taken the dependability and the toughness of the current Ford Transit Connect then made considerable improvements in terms of the vehicle's fuel efficiency, added a few smart loadspace features, and delivered a new and dynamic style. Moreover, the all-new Ford Transit Connect establishes fresh standards for compact vans as well as provides the ideal partner for a broad range of businesses.
Furthermore, the new Transit Connect was developed at the carmaker's European commercial vehicle development center under its global product strategy called "One Ford," hand in hand with Ford Otosan's engineering team in Turkey. The van is produced at the company's state-of-the-art manufacturing plant located in Valencia, Spain, and is for sale in North America, Europe, and other international markets.