As Ford engineers finalize the all-new 2014 Transit Connect commercial van, outstanding efficiency, durability and versatility will be key objectives. "After just three years on the market in North America, we’ve completely reengineered the Transit Connect," said Executive Vice President and President of The Americas Joseph R. Hinrichs. "This all-new cargo hauler will offer entrepreneurs and fleets a unique combination of cargo capacity, maneuverability and efficiency."
With global commercial vehicle sales expected to grow by 4.8 million over the next several years to a total of 21 million units annually by 2017, Transit Connect represents a major opportunity. Ford is leveraging its "One Ford" product strategy to meet the needs of Transit Connect customers in 66 global markets with vans that are Built Ford Tough®, more efficient, more capable and worthy of carrying the Ford commercial vehicle legacy.
Transit Connect will also be joined by the all-new 2014 Ford Transit full-size van, which will provide professional tradespeople and commercial fleet customers with a diverse array of bodystyles and configurations tailored to their work needs and engineered to help keep operating costs low.
To meet the needs of North American customers, the Transit Connect van is offered in two wheelbase lengths, in XL and XLT series levels, and with up to a 1,650-pound payload and 2,000-pound towing capacity when properly equipped. The low floor height and high ceiling help Transit Connect offer up to 130 cu. ft. of cargo space.
Two available 4-cylinder engines, a normally aspirated 2.5L unit and a 1.6L EcoBoost® engine, will aid in the efficiency of Transit Connect. Both engines come mated to an efficient 6-speed automatic transmission, geared for around-town responsiveness and low-rpm highway cruising.
This stylish, contemporary cargo van will offer useful available options like a rear view camera and a voice-activated mobile communications and entertainment system with a 6.5 -inch touch screen - SYNC® with MyFord Touch® with Navigation System.*
The larger Transit will offer the additional choice of roof height depending on wheelbase chosen.
The Transit and Transit Connect abilities are reflected in this van’s cargo-carrying and payload capabilities, and its high-strength body, engineered to rigorous global commercial vehicle durability standards.
The all-new Transit Connect van builds on the foundation of reliability and durability established by the current Transit Connect small cargo van. Introduced in North America in 2009, Transit Connect has become the must-have vehicle for small-business proprietors and fleets. The 2014 Transit will be built at the Kansas City, Mo., Assembly Plant.
The current E-Series cargo and passenger vans will continue production into 2014, while the E-Series chassis cab and cutaway will remain in the Ford lineup until the end of the decade.
*Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control. Only use SYNC/MyFord Touch/other devices, even with voice commands, when it is safe to do so. Not all features are compatible with all phones.
Preproduction model shown with optional equipment. Available fall 2013.