Ford’s new compact utility vehicle electrifies its range with a 150 hp plug-in hybrid version.
Ford is continuing the electrification of its utility range, by offering either plug-in hybrids or electrics, or even both at the same time. For the new Transit Connect, Ford is starting with the PHEV. Like the version for individuals (Tourneo Connect), the utility is closely derived from the Volkswagen Caddy.
The Transit Connect PHEV is equipped with a 1.5 liter petrol unit combined with an electric motor, both having a maximum combined power of 150 hp. Torque peaks at 350 Nm. The vehicle receives a dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The PHEV version has a maximum payload of 770 kg and a towing capacity of 1,400 kg.
Ford does not go into details of the electrical part, only indicating that the maximum range in EV mode is 110 km. However, we know that the battery can be recharged with powers of up to 11 kW in alternating current and 50 kW in direct current.
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The Transit Connect is available with two lengths of short or long wheelbase, in two-seater van or five-seater Kombi bodies. The loading space offers a volume of 3.1 m3 or 3.7 m3 depending on the version. The Kombi version receives a rear seat that folds forward vertically.
On the dashboard, we will find 10-inch digital instrumentation and a 10-inch touch screen, with connected navigation, Apple Car Play or Android Auto connectivity. The vehicle will have pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking and frontal collision warning, lane keeping assist and intersection assist as standard.
The marketing date has not been specified.
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