"From being easy to get in and out of, plus flexible seating and cargo space, Transit Connect Wagon makes it convenient for boomers to keep enjoying family time or explore new hobbies and careers", says, Ford vice president, US marketing, sales and service, Mark LaNeve. And the 2011 advent of a passenger version-the Transit Connect Wagon (Ford would prefer that you refrain from calling it a minivan)-added showroom momentum.
The new vehicle is being unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show. Fold the second and third rows down, though, and Ford claims the 2019 Transit Connect boasts more cargo volume than a Chevrolet Tahoe. Brown grew up driving vans in the 1970s and now, this Gulf Coast surfer and grandfather of nine drives a 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon for his work as an illustrator and custom T-shirt printer.
On the safety front, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection becomes standard across the board. Adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist and blind spot monitoring are also available.
Changes underhood begin with the installation of a 2.0-liter direct-injection four-cylinder engine as the standard powertrain, replacing the outgoing model's 2.5-liter engine. Ford says the power will dip a bit from today's version, but that the difference will be made up with a new eight-speed automatic transmission. The pricing for the 2019 Transit Connect Wagon hasn't been announced.
The new dashboard includes a 6.5-inch color touch screen and a digital driver information readout between the major instruments. The automaker's SYNC voice-command and SYNC 3 with Ford+Alexa technology is available.
The Transit Connect Wagon is expected to be one of the most affordable seven-passenger vehicles in the United States. When equipped with a towing package, the Transit Connect can tow 2,000 pounds or have a payload of 1,600 pounds, both in keeping with the van's typical commercial uses.
Available across the line for the passenger-friendly Transit Connect Wagon, the new 1.5-liter EcoBlue four-cylinder diesel is the latest entry in the complicated and controversial USA diesel fleet.