Already presented in its MPV version dedicated to individuals, the Tourneo Connect, in fall 2021, Ford’s light utility vehicle designed in partnership with Volkswagen is now available in a version dedicated to professionals. It changes its name for the occasion as is tradition at Ford, becoming Transit Connect.
The Ford Transit Connect is therefore not surprising in terms of style, since the model already exists. We find the same gimmicks, with headlights in the extension of the large grille, a sliding door on the right side (instead of two on the Tourneo version) and hinged doors at the rear instead of the tailgate. The model is still quite close to the Volkswagen Caddy, since the two utilities were designed on the same basis thanks to a partnership to limit costs.
A unique plug-in hybrid engine
At the same time, Ford is unveiling another new feature for its Transit Connect: a new plug-in hybrid engine. It is a 1.5 EcoBoost petrol engine supplemented by an electric motor, offering a total of 150 hp and 350 Nm of torque. The duo is associated with a dual-clutch automatic transmission and a battery whose exact capacity is not known. However, Ford announces a very generous electric range of 110 km (probably in the urban cycle, but it does not specify it!) and the possibility of recharging with alternating current (11 kW, on the domestic network) or with direct current from a fast terminal. up to 50 kW. Ford unfortunately does not provide details on charging times.
The manufacturer specifies, however, that three driving modes are offered: an “EV Now” mode which favors the electric motor, an “EV Auto” mode which alternates between electric motor and thermal engine depending on the driving conditions and an “EV” mode. Later” which conserves electrical energy to restore it later, for example to avoid draining the entire battery on the motorway and keep it for a later trip in town.
Diesel also available
Ford specifies that in addition to this new PHEV engine, the Transit Connect is also available with a 102 hp or 122 hp EcoBlue 2.0 turbo diesel. The least powerful version has an average consumption of 4.8 l/100 km and is associated with a six-speed manual gearbox, while the 122 hp variant leaves the choice between six-speed manual or dual automatic gearbox. clutch. This 122 hp version can also benefit from all-wheel drive.
Note that the Transit Connect is available in two versions: short wheelbase or long wheelbase, with two-seater or 5-seater Kombi variants. The bench seat of the 5-seater version is adaptable by folding forward vertically to maximize loading space, increasing to 2.5 m3 (short wheelbase) or 3.1 m3 (long wheelbase). In the long-wheelbase two-seater van version, the volume even rises to 3.7 m3.
Marketing and pricing
The Ford Transit Connect includes numerous driving aids to make life easier for professionals: pre-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assistance, intersection assistance, exit warning with lock opening lock. the door if a user arrives, or even Pro Trailer Backup Assist, towing assistance. Three finishes are offered in the catalog: Trend at entry level with a simple presentation and limited equipment to contain the budget, Limited with a more rewarding presentation (17-inch alloy wheels and work surface integrated into the passenger seat back) or Active more of an SUV type with roof bars and LED lights. For the moment, Ford is not announcing an official marketing date or prices.
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To sum up
Already available to individuals for some time under the name Tourneo Connect, the Ford utility vehicle designed with Volkswagen is now available to professionals, and becomes Transit Connect. It wins a plug-in hybrid engine in the battle.
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