2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon looks much better in the flesh

Article by Christian A., on December 5, 2012

The pricing on the new Ford Transit Connect Wagon hasn’t been announced yet but it’s believed to be competitive. The Transit Connect Wagon, a minivan by another name, is built on the platform that’s also used by the Ford Focus and Escape. It is powered by the same 4-cylinder engines. Since there’s no rival in the minivan segment, Ford offers the C-Max in only the hybrid form.

The retrofitted commercial vehicle serves two purposes as it’s also a carrier for people. Ford hopes to provide the best fuel economy rating in its class. The standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder delivers 168 hp and 167 lb-ft of torque while the optional EcoBoost 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder produces 173 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. The two engines will exclusively come with a 6-speed automatic.

Even if it’s a distinctly European-styled vehicle, it’s not available with a manual transmission. It can seat seven people. The second and third rows can be folded totally flat while the two third row seats can be independently shifted forwards and back by 5-inches. It is a utilitarian vehicle in basic trim. The Ford XL, XLT and Titanium model will be offered with top options such as a panoramic glass roof, MyFord Touch, a rear-view camera and a 6.5-inch touch screen.

Ford Transit Connect Wagon has a work-hard-and-play-hard nature, which is evident in its cargo-carrying capacity and ability to comfortably accommodate up to seven passengers. It is also wrapped in high-strength body that’s been engineered according to rigorous commercial vehicle durability standards.

The all-new Ford Transit Connect Wagon is built on the foundation of reliability and durability that was established by the Transit Connect compact van. Introduced in 2009 in North America, the Transit Connect became the must-have or go-to vehicle or van for small business owners. This is thanks to its unmatched combination of cargo and payload capacities, fuel efficiency, maneuverability, overall ease of driving, and adaptability.

Moreover, the Ford Transit Connect has been recognized as one innovative "white space" vehicle, carving out one new market category by the car industry press corps when it was named 2010 North American Truck of the Year at the North American Int’l Auto Show.

Transit Connect now sells 35,000 units per year and has become a favorite among small businesses, taxi operators, corporate fleets, and individual owners who find its combined van cargo capacity and car-like ride beneficial and suitable.

According to Hau Thai-Tang, VP for Global Engineering & Global Product Development at Ford, the new Transit Connect Wagon is going to expand the versatile nameplate’s personal-use audience by offering up to 7-passenger capacity across three seating rows in a full-trimmed interior. What’s more, it boasts an extensive selection of convenience, connectivity, comfort, and safety features and options, making it a modern and family-friendly alternative to minivans that are oversized.

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