Redesigned Ford Transit Connect Revealed With AWD And Plug-In Hybrid Option

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In a surprising move, Ford bid farewell to the Transit Connect in the American market last year. However, automotive enthusiasts were left intrigued after catching a glimpse of the recently unveiled redesigned van in Europe. The new Transit Connect, boasting available all-wheel drive and a plug-in hybrid powertrain, marks a significant leap forward in the model's evolution. While the design might not scream innovation, featuring a wide grille, sweptback headlights, and an evolutionary body, it's the enhanced capabilities and flexibility that steal the spotlight.

Ford Transit Connect

The redesigned Transit Connect offers diverse configurations, including short and long wheelbases, two-seat Van, and five-seat Kombi setups. Ford provides options for Trend, Limited, and Active trims, catering to various preferences and requirements.

Emphasizing its work-centric attributes, Ford highlights the panel van's new load area design, delivering an increased load volume of either 3.1 m³ or 3.7 m³, depending on the wheelbase choice. The van exhibits a maximum payload capacity of 820 kg and an impressive towing capability of up to 1,500 kg.

Stepping inside, the interior exudes a "plastic fantastic" aesthetic, yet it comes well-equipped with a 10-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10-inch infotainment system. Buyers can opt for additional features such as a wireless smartphone charger, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel, enhancing both comfort and convenience.

One of the standout features of the Transit Connect is its flexible seating concept, particularly in the Kombi configuration. Targeting dual-use customers, the rear seats boast a design that allows them to fold flat vertically and move forward, seamlessly transforming the Transit Connect from a five-seat passenger vehicle to a two-seat work van in a matter of seconds. When folded, the rear seats create a protective full-height bulkhead, adding to the van's adaptability.

Transit Connect

Under the hood, the Transit Connect introduces a newly available plug-in hybrid powertrain, comprising a 1.5-liter EcoBoost petrol engine, a battery, an electric motor, and a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. This innovative setup yields a combined output of 148 hp and 350 Nm of torque. Importantly, the model is anticipated to achieve an electric-only range of up to 110 km, making it a compelling option for eco-conscious drivers. The plug-in hybrid supports recharging through both AC outlets and 50 kW DC fast chargers, offering flexibility to users. Ford introduces three driving modes – EV Auto, EV Now, and EV Later – enabling drivers to optimize efficiency based on their preferences and driving conditions.

In addition to the eco-friendly powertrain, the Transit Connect provides a diesel engine option in the form of a 2.0-liter EcoBlue turbodiesel. The entry-level variant produces 101 hp, paired with a six-speed manual transmission that directs power to the front wheels. For those seeking all-wheel drive capabilities, a diesel variant with an increased output of 120 hp is available, offering the choice between a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

Beyond powertrains, Ford has equipped the redesigned Transit Connect with an extensive suite of advanced driver assistance systems. Highlights include Forward Collision Warning, Evasive Steer Assist, Intersection Assist, and Pre-Collision Assist with Auto Emergency Braking. The safety features extend to a rearview camera, Exit Warning, Pro Trailer Backup Assist, and a Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert, ensuring a comprehensive safety package for drivers.

Ford Transit Connect interior

Production for the Transit Connect is set to commence in spring, with deliveries of diesel-powered vans scheduled for the summer. The plug-in hybrid variant is expected to arrive towards the end of the year, while all-wheel drive and Kombi models are slated for an early 2025 debut, offering a versatile and innovative solution to a diverse range of consumers.

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