The new Ford Transit Connect will boast a fresh bold look and improved fuel efficiency when it goes on sale from the middle of 2018.
A new 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel engine and a single-litre EcoBoost petrol unit with cylinder deactivation will be available in the Transit Connect in a bid to strengthen the van’s already competitive fuel economy.
Ford’s designers have smartened up the van by introducing an imposing three-bar grille, a more aerodynamic lower fascia, front spoiler, and slimmer headlamps with powerful HID Xenon lamps and LED daytime running lights.
Meanwhile inside, the Transit Connect’s cabin has been upgraded thanks to new trim materials for a more stylish but industrious environment, as well as a revised instrument panel with a tablet-inspired six-inch colour touchscreen (upper trim models only), installed with Ford’s SYNC 3 system.
The van’s new 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel provides enhanced fuel efficiency, while achieving Euro 6.2 emissions standards. It combines the latest fuel injection, turbocharging and emission-control technologies with a low-friction engine design to deliver improved performance alongside reduced fuel consumption.
Significant changes to the single-litre EcoBoost petrol option have resulted in improvements to the unit’s cylinder head, fuel injection and emission-control systems for a stronger fuel return.
Cylinder deactivation has also been introduced to the engine, allowing it run on two cylinders at low loads, which reduces pumping losses and improves fuel efficiency.
All Transit Connects come with an upgraded six-speed manual transmission as standard, while the 1.5‑litre EcoBlue diesel can be ordered with an advanced new eight-speed automatic.
New safety kit
In a segment first, the Transit Connect will be offered with a comprehensive range of driver assistance features, such as Intelligent Speed Limiter, which automatic caps the vehicle’s top speed to keep it within legal limits.
There’s also the Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection emergency braking system, Side Wind Stabilisation and Active Park Assist that helps to steer the vehicle into both parallel and perpendicular parking spaces.
As with the outgoing model, the new Transit Connect can be ordered with a short or long wheelbase, providing load volumes up to 3.6 m3 (VDA) and payload capacity ranging between 520kg and 890kg, while bodystyles choices include van, kombi and double-cab-in-van.
Molly Benton, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “The Transit Connect is arguably the class leader and these new improvements will ensure it remains the number one choice for some time.”
Posted on 4th December 2017
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