Ford introduced the Transit Connect compact van in 2002 to meet the needs of fleet-vehicle buyers who don’t need all the utility and capability of full-size vans. Despite its much smaller size in comparison with the Ford Transit full-size van, the Transit Connect can swallow up a significant amount of cargo and can also do some towing when appropriately equipped. Unlike the car-based vans that it replaced, i.e. the Ford Escort van and the Ford Courier van, the Transit Connect is based on Ford’s dedicated commercial vehicle platform, and so it is tougher than it looks.
The 1st-generation Ford Transit Connect was designed by Peter Horbury of Ford Europe and was introduced to the European market in 2002. North America had to wait until 2010 to get this generation. This small van was offered in cargo van and passenger (wagon) configurations, and it was also offered in short wheelbase and long wheelbase options. The North American Transit Connect models came equipped with a 138-hp 2.0 L 4-cylinder engine that paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission. This engine returned a fuel economy of 20 mpg city/25 mpg highway. In other countries, the Transit Connect was offered with a 1.8 L 4-cylinder diesel engine that paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. The 1st-generation Transit Connect had dual sliding side doors and swing-out rear doors that opened 180 degrees wide, so it was easy to load things into the van.
The current 2nd-generation Ford Transit Connect van was introduced in 2014. It is also offered in short wheelbase and long wheelbase options. The short wheelbase cargo van models offer up to 103.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the front seats, while the long wheelbase cargo van models offer 128.6 cubic feet of cargo space. Swing-out 180-degree 50/50 rear cargo doors are also standard here. The Ford Transit Connect wagon van models are offered in 5-seater, 6-seater, and 7-seater configurations. The 7-passenger long wheelbase models offer up to 19.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the 3rd row seats. The 2nd-generation Transit Connect was initially driven by a 2.5 L inline-4 gas engine or a 1.6 L EcoBoost turbocharged inline-4 gas engine, both of which paired with a 6-speed automatic. In 2019, this van received a facelift that came with two new engine options: a 2.0 L inline-4 gas engine and a 1.5L EcoBlue diesel engine, both of which pair with an 8-speed automatic.
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